Robert Ellsberg

not a foretelling of future events, but an inspired “dreamreading” of fatal human patterns that offer a lens to understand our present reality—and perhaps inspire an ecological and social response that could alter self-fulfilling prophecies of doom. Jürgen Moltmann calls it “a brilliant work taking the apocalypse in the double sense of the word as revelation and end-time seriously, full of surprising discoveries.”

David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk, and one of the great spiritual teachers of our time, has taken up the traditional 99 Names of God found in the Islamic creed: The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful, The Most Holy, and so forth. These reflections and prayers, accompanied by beautiful calligraphy, not only provide a path to dialogue with Islam, but invite all believers to enter the gate of the one nameless Mystery that unites us.

Finally, we note with sadness the passing of Maryknoll Sister Janice McLaughlin, who died in March. Sr. Janice devoted her life to the people of Africa, particularly in Zimbabwe, where, as a result of her support for the liberation struggle against the previous apartheid-style government, she was arrested and sent into exile. Her Orbis title, Ostriches, Dung Beetles, and Other Spiritual Masters: Wisdom from the Wild, is a charming and profound reflection on the qualities she observed among African creatures—courage, persistence, and love—and how she experienced these qualities among the people of Africa. From the owl, for instance, she learned is that “we are stronger than we thought. If we unite with others for a just cause, we can gain strength from each other.”  

May we all receive a share of her strength and her faith.
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