Finding Space for Play and Wonder

In Plato’s dialogue Theaetetus, Socrates says, “All philosophy begins in wonder” (155d). I recently thought of this in the midst of a discussion of Jesus’ idea that one must be a child to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:3). Children love to ask “why” questions. Why are there clouds in the sky? Why do birds sing? Why do all the flowers not bloom at the same time? Some questioning is about a desire […]

The Virtue in Playing Games

When was the last time you played cards or a board game, just for the fun of it? Matthew, who blogs as the Mountain Catholic, sees the virtue in playing games for fun, with not even the smallest of wagers at stake. [G]ames are a means, not an end in themselves. They exist to build up the relationship between all players, not the livelihood of just one. And so we ought to fight against the […]

Playful Spirituality

In the discussions among my theology student peers, the contemporary mantra, “I’m spiritual but not religious” comes up frequently. Some of the undergraduate students I work with may identify this way. Many Christians cringe at this expression, but to even begin to understand where these people are coming from we need to expand our understanding of spirituality. A unique thing about Ignatian spirituality is that while it is rooted in Christian tradition, it does not […]