Narrative Theology: Understanding the Big Picture

The Bible has a big picture story that is tantamount when trying to understand the small tidbits.  I remember reading a rabbi who said that you could understand the whole of the Bible by reading the first 3 chapters of Genesis.  There's creation, fall/sin, redemption, and a new thing (renewal, consummation).  These are really big … Continue reading Narrative Theology: Understanding the Big Picture

A Reflection on Death, Abundance, and Compassion

Today’s scripture readings have a few themes: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/120617.cfm  Death  Abundance  comfort/compassion Death In my late 20’s and early 30’s, I struggled with panic attacks.  I had an immense amount of anxiety about dying.  This manifested itself in different ways, mostly through a fear of getting sick or having a heart attack.  A few factors contributed … Continue reading A Reflection on Death, Abundance, and Compassion

Researching Mexican cultural traditions for the dead.  I'm specifically looking at how Mexicans (hispanics, mexican-americans) view cremation.  There are mixed views on it.  Cremation, however, is becoming more acceptable. "According to beliefs in this culture, the dead return on certain days of the year and are remembered through special events. The body must be buried … Continue reading