Shane Claiborne – A Few Thoughts for Halloween

Halloween

Before there was “Halloween”, there was “All Hallows’ Eve” – and All Saints Day. For hundreds of years, before jack-o-lanterns and zombies and candy corn, Christians around the world have remembered the dead, the saints, the cloud of witnesses that have gone before us.
Halloween comes from the same root word as “hallowed” or “halo”, meaning holy.
This weekend liturgical Christians around the world honor “all saints day” by reciting the names of the holy saints of God throughout the centuries.
Rather than glorifying death, Halloween is a time we can celebrate life, remembering the lives of our loved ones and the heroes of the faith. The dead can inspire the living to truly live.
While we don’t need more gore and blood, there is something sweet about being able to laugh at death and fear, something Halloween gives us permission to do. After all, we know the dead can rise again and death has lost its sting.
Every year on Halloween, I bring out some photos of dead people, saints, loved ones, heroes of the faith. And I talk to our kids about what Halloween can really mean.
It’s not about zombies, but it IS about the living dead. Just as Jesus rose from the dead, so can we. Halloween is a time to remember how “hallowed” – how holy – life is. And how death has lost its power over us.
Halloween is a time to cherish life, laugh at death, and remember that the tombs are empty.
Oh death, Thou art dead!
Happy Halloween.
The dead will rise!

Shane Claiborne reflects on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade | Red Letter Christians

Shane Claiborne reflects on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade | Red Letter Christians.

Claiborn explains in this text what it means for him to be pro-life:
‘I want to be pro-life like Mother Teresa was pro-life.  She didn’t just wear an “Abortion is murder shirt” and protest outside a clinic.  For her, being pro-life was more than being anti-abortion… it meant coming alongside teenage parents, helping raise kids that no one wanted, and taking in families who had no place to go.  That’s the kind of pro-life movement we’re talking about.  Pro-life from the womb to the tomb.’

Do you, as a Christian, not only believe in the dignity of human life before birth, but also after the foetus is born. Most pro-lifers, it seems, at least in the American Religious Right, could not care less about the dignity of Human life after birth. They religion (and politics with it) is a perverted ‘gospel’, used to smash those who think differently than they do, not to love and serve them, as Christ did, in the most sacrificial manner.

May God have mercy on us, his followers!

I want to be pro-life like Mother Teresa was pro-life.  She didn’t just wear an “Abortion is murder shirt” and protest outside a clinic.  For her, being pro-life was more than being anti-abortion… it meant coming alongside teenage parents, helping raise kids that no one wanted, and taking in families who had no place to go.  That’s the kind of pro-life movement we’re talking about.  Pro-life from the womb to the tomb. – See more at: http://www.redletterchristians.org/shane-claiborne-reflects-anniversary-roe-v-wade/#sthash.uXQsKVUv.dpuf
I want to be pro-life like Mother Teresa was pro-life.  She didn’t just wear an “Abortion is murder shirt” and protest outside a clinic.  For her, being pro-life was more than being anti-abortion… it meant coming alongside teenage parents, helping raise kids that no one wanted, and taking in families who had no place to go.  That’s the kind of pro-life movement we’re talking about.  Pro-life from the womb to the tomb. – See more at: http://www.redletterchristians.org/shane-claiborne-reflects-anniversary-roe-v-wade/#sthash.uXQsKVUv.dpuf

Bono Caroling in Dublin

Shane Claiborne shares on his Facebook wall a link to a recording on Bono caroling on the streets in Dublin, as he does regularly, for five years now. Here is the link. Enjoy!

Shane Claiborne: Remembering Francis | Red Letter Christians

Shane Claiborne: Remembering Francis | Red Letter Christians.

Shane Claiborne on Francis of Assisi