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Sin-CoverWebSpring 2015: Sin

The Spring 2015 issue of Parabola, explores the ancient root meaning of “sin”---“missing the mark.” And, as Jesus says in The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, “Sin as such does not exist. You only bring it into manifestation when you act in ways that are adulterous in nature.” We’ve come to see that it is our “tendency,” to act in those errant ways, to deviate from our spiritual aims and to succumb to passing thoughts, feelings, and desires, thus missing the mark time and again. In these pages, through encounters with the “mad monk” Rasputin and the pacifist saint Martin of Tours, through three new poems by Mary Oliver and comments, new to print, from spiritual sage John G. Bennett, through an array of art and essays and reviews, we explore the mystery of sin and expiation and forgiveness, of the journey from darkness into light. May this issue of Parabola serve you well. 

Cover Description: Detail, The Seven Deadly Sins and the Last Four Things, Hieronymous Bosch, ca. 1500–1525. The sins are, clockwise from the 12:00 position: Gluttony, Sloth, Lust, Pride, Anger, Envy, Avarice

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Articles from Spring 2015 Issue: 

Make Peace Before the Sun Goes Down PDF  | Print |

bookcoverby Roger Lipsey

One of the first and endless lessons of spiritual community is to find one’s way somehow—perhaps brilliantly and with friendship, perhaps awkwardly or scarcely at all—with those who, like you, have arrived from points unknown and show no sign of going elsewhere. People of different kinds seek the same light. Unlike in temperament, background, and experience, in gifts and blanks, in willingness and fears, they reach one and the same destination: a spiritual community that called from the distance and drew them in. Whatever the focus may be—a traditional faith, a teaching or way of life—it makes urgent sense to those who respond. They may know a great deal about the community’s concerns but are unlikely to know many of those whom they will meet and with whom they may associate for years, even a lifetime.

 
The Christmas Angels PDF  | Print |

A&D Gold Angels01 4By Risa Levenson Gold

It was a bitter cold, rainy December twilight in Manhattan several days before Christmas. I was waiting in the persistent drizzle for the Sixth Avenue bus to take me and my four children uptown from Greenwich Village to our apartment.

 
The Demons Appear PDF  | Print |

Singer03 4A Conversation with Isaac Bashevis Singer

Photographs by Abraham Menashe

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902–1991) was a Polish-born Jewish-American author awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978. He wrote and published only in Yiddish. Among his best-known works were the novels The Family Moskat, The Magician of Lublin, and Shadows on the Hudson, and the story collections Gimpel the Fool and A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories, awarded the National Book Award for Fiction in 1974. Parabola spoke with Singer in 1981, in the middle of a Manhattan heat wave. —The Editors

 
Fallen Angel PDF  | Print |

A&D Cornwallweb 3A Young Woman Finds Her Way

by Betsey Cornwell

I was Head Angel in The Nutcracker the year I turned eight. I didn’t get the part based on skill or grace, or even because I looked angelic: I had an awkward short haircut, and next to my blonde, giggling classmates I was swarthy and glum—hardly a classic cherub. But I was the tallest girl in my class, and on that basis alone I was given a tinsel halo, an electric candle, and the title of Head Angel. My sour-faced dance teacher reluctantly led me to the front of the line at our first rehearsal. She pointed out two taped X-marks on the stage with a bony finger; I was to shuffle from stage left to stage right, a line of progressively daintier angels in my wake, and then stand still and grin innocently while the real ballerinas danced behind us.

 
Queen of Angels PDF  | Print |

A&D CochranWeb 1by Tracy Cochran

We parked in a field and walked half a mile down a road with the other pilgrims, guided by hand-lettered signs that read “apparition.” It was the first Sunday in June, and the Virgin Mary promised to appear after dark on the first Sunday of every month. I thought this unlikely, and Roman Catholic Bishop John C. Reiss of Trenton indicated that he agreed. He directed the faithful not to come.

 

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