Holy Reverie Blog

A New Heart

The day after Christmas I cleaned out my closet. What started simply--hanging up a new pair of jeans to replace an old, worn-out pair--became a full-on project, and I turned into a woman possessed. If I hadn't worn it in a couple of years, for whatever reason, out it went. The wool pants with wide legs and deep cuffs--out with you! The blouse I never liked in the first place--gone! The eyelet skirt with a rip in the back--banished! (Even though I had loved wearing that skirt.) I'll admit it was... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, December 30, 2015 | 4 comments
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The Proof of the Truth of Christianity

Bishop Phillips Brooks, who wrote the Christmas carol, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and is considered one of the best preachers of all time, was asked what he considered the greatest proof of the truth of Christianity. Bishop Brooks was an artist with words, and I can imagine his questioner expecting him to answer the question by weaving together scripture and philosophy in a masterful and eloquent proof of Christianity. Brooks thought for a moment and answered, “An aunt of mine who lives in New... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Tuesday, December 15, 2015 | 1 comments
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Home for Christmas

If you haven't been to see the new film "Brooklyn," I hope you will. In fact, I implore you to forget your to-do list for a couple of hours and go! Grab a friend, drag your spouse, take the afternoon off! Give yourself an early Christmas present.    The story line--a young Irish immigrant must make a heart-wrenching choice between a new life in America and loyalties back home--may sound too sentimental, too predictable, too familiar to be of interest. And if action films with... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 0 comments
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Who knows? Who cares?

The president said it about the recent shootings at the Planned Parenthood Colorado Springs facility: "...this is not normal." I think his point was that these outbreaks of deadly violence are becoming routine, even though there's nothing "normal" about them.  When we slowly lose our outrage, our capacity for shock, we are becoming inured to the stimuli involved. The really bad thing about it is that we can then put up with, in this case, frequent public murders, mass killings in the news... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | 0 comments
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