Publisher's Letter - February 2020

Robert Ellsberg

           In When Tears Sing: The Art of Lament in Christian Community, pastor and writer William Blaine-Wallace asks the question, “If your tears could speak, what would they say?” Drawing on the insights of figures like James Baldwin, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Flannery O’Connor, he shows that when sorrow and suffering are voiced in community, solidarity emerges. The art of lament is the act of bringing more of our lived experience into relationship and communal life.

          Drawn from Pope Francis’s homilies and other writings, The Gospel of Matthew: A Spiritual and Pastoral Reading is the first in a new series of his reflections on the synoptic gospels. This volume features moving reflections on Matthew’s account of the Nativity, the Sermon on the Mount, the Passion and Resurrection, and the Great Commission. As Dan Horan, OFM notes in his Foreword, this is “a guidebook for all who long to follow Christ more fully, understand scripture more clearly, and love God and neighbor more completely.”

          Truth Seekers: Voices of Peace and Nonviolence from Gandhi to Pope Francis, edited by David Cortright, offers essential readings from a range of classic and contemporary figures, whose wisdom and practical experience point the way to peace, justice, and reconciliation in a world of violence.

          And as the season of book awards begins, I am happy to say that Orbis begins our 50th Anniversary year with three Gold Medals from the Illumination Book Awards:


With so many reasons for lament, may we seek out and rejoice in any occasion for celebration.




Robert Ellsberg


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