You Corrupted Wisdom for the Sake of Splendor

By Ken Sehested I will likely be considered antiquated, maybe maniacal, even apoplectic when I say we in the US (with derivative outbreaks elsewhere) are under the spell of the demonic, of those who worship death’s malicious craving, specifically the sacrificial scalp of dissenters, of those who do not genuflect in its presence, of any …

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Prepping for Ash Wednesday A supplication

By Ken Sehested, borrowing from St. Augustine and Isaiah 55:12 Return to your heart, O you transgressors, and hold fast to the One who made you. Stand with the Beloved and your footing shall be firm. Rest in the Merciful One and you shalt be buoyed. Where do you go along these rugged paths, pilgrim, …

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Joseph

By Ken Sehested Obscured brother consigned to the margins of Incarnation narrative. Carpentry-calloused hands now shield the shame of sagging face, drooping, disgraced. Chiseled lines prematurely sculpting age in youthful countenance. Thoughts of Mary smudge the heart as tears smear the face. Mary. Beloved. Betrothed. Betrayed? Mary. With child. Whose? How, and why? Joseph, companion …

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Sacramental Operative in a Sullied World

By Ken Sehested, originally published last month at Ethics Daily, a publication of the Baptist Center for Ethics We need to recognize, and adjust in appropriate ways, to the fact that we humans maintain a perverse fascination with disaster. I’ll leave it to psychologists to explain why, precisely; but this habit is easily illustrated: From …

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In Praise of Ordinary Days

By Ken Sehested A meditation on Ordinary Time on the church’s liturgical calendar “He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars.”—William Blake When people of faith speak of God, and how the love of God leads to the flourishing of souls and soil alike, such language appears on the surface …

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Dad’s “Heart Shield” Bible

By Ken Sehested Pictured below is my Dad’s “Heart Shield” Bible, a copy of the New Testament on to which a metal plate front cover has been attached. The engraved cover, now smudged by corrosion, reads “May this keep you safe from harm.” It was sold by the Know Your Bible Sales Company of Cincinnati, …

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