Entries by Kaya Oakes

Day 27: Joy Is Justice. Justice Is Life.

Joy is justice. Justice is life.

Pope Francis has declared 2016 a Holy Year of Mercy, and mercy, he says in his new book, is about “[going] outside and [looking] for people where they live, where they suffer, and where they hope.” That is what Jesus does in the Gospels: he goes forth and gives mercy.

Day 1, Ash Wednesday: Standing on Ashes

Repentance is a discipline Americans have never been good at practicing.

Our country was built on the backs of slaves, built on land belonging to Native Americans, built by conquest, and conquest rarely happens without violence. We burned this country into existence, forged it from fire, nourished it with blood. Our nation stands on ashes.