Thursday, March 6, 2014

From Epiphany to Ash Wednesday

This is quite a journey of blog posts since I last summarized what I had published on Imaginary Visions of True Peace. I didn't realize it had been that long!

As week after Christmas, I posted some reflections for the Feast of the Holy Name (formerly the Circumcision of Jesus) The Name of Names.

The Class Comedian is a Girardian reflection of a bit of my childhood; an example of mimetic processes at a young age.

The phrase "Myth Become Fact" has stuck with me ever since I first read it in the writings of C.S. Lewis. The post of that title compares the insight of Lewis and the kindred insight of JRR Tolkien with René Girard's take on mythology.

Principalities and Powers is a brief look at the social matrix fueled by mimetic desire.

The Cross as a Crisis of Faith reflects on the faith journey of Rachel Held Evans narrated in her book Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl who Knew all the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions. On telling incident is the focus of this post.

Twin Killings is a brief look at the tendency of many early cultures to kill one or both twins, seeing in them images of mimetic doubles, something Girard has commented on.

Sacrificing the Aztecs is a brief examination of the Aztecs' sacrificial practice, noting their humanity and how it was caught in their system.

The Transfiguration comes up twice a year, and the last Sunday of Epiphany is one of them. The Transfigured Glory of God's Children comments on what kind of "glory" is being offered.

Ash Wednesday was only yesterday and my reflections focus on the collect for the day from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer: Respecting all Things God Has Made.

I wish you all a blessed Lent that brings you closer to God.