A 2020 Epiphany

The births of our first two children were laborious, frantic affairs. Due to long labors and deliveries, the babies were quickly hustled away by the doctors and nursing staff, and we were left too shell-shocked to really cherish the moment. So when our third arrived relatively quickly, smack dab in the middle of the pandemic, …

Holy Ordinary

The holy ordinaryand a grilled cheese as radiantas the halo of flies swarming the dirty diapers A squirrel burst the seed bag and ateall the sunflower seeds.I clean it upwith a rusty spade One quiet moment when the baby falls asleepand sunlight shines on the fresh rainand we are reunited after school fresh pizza filling …

Keeping the Vigil

They didn't teach me audio engineering or cinematography when I got my Masters in Theology. Maybe they should have, I thought, as lightning flashed through stain glass windows, the transcendent Exsultet echoing through the empty Cathedral. I was desperately attempting to keep a livestream going through a ramshackle conjunction of cameras, cords, blackboxes and an overheating laptop …

Hide and Seek

One thing that struck me in reading the multitude of resurrection narratives is the fact that Jesus rarely appears to large groups, and to those he does appear to he remains, in some mysterious way, still hidden from view. They either don't recognize him or, when they do, he disappears quickly from their site. And, …

Flowers are Everywhere

It has become a sort of rallying cry: "Flowers are everywhere!" "There's a dandelion growing in the sidewalk!" "There's a purple tulip!" "There's a white and orange one!" Suddenly my son William is obsessed with flowers, pointing out every one he knows, and given that he's grown up in a flower shop, he's fairly adept …

True Joy

This Lenten season is designed to prepare our souls to experience fully the joy of Easter. I can't think of anyone better to introduce us to this counter-cultural, counter-intuitive fullness of joy than the Poverello, the little Poor One, St. Francis of Assisi. Here's St. Francis on finding True Joy: One day at Saint Mary's, …

Love in the Ruins

A cold and wet rain has fallen on Kansas City for two days. I sit outside my usual go-to church for confession and read that the pastor has just had a kidney transplant, please pray for him. I consider going home. After all, I tried, it's cold and rainy and I'm tired. Moreover, I had …

Wounds & Wolves

Driving a long a narrow stretch of Kansas highway last spring, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the sunset, the narrow crescent of the moon hanging in a blue-orange sky and the emerging stars and planets. Below them however, I noticed the telltale signs of another prison: concrete boxes with narrow slits of windows …

Five Ways to Survive (Yet Another) Church Crisis

The current crisis in our church has left many Catholics feeling emotionally and spiritually drained, and despair or cynicism may sound like very tempting options. But there are some alternatives to packing it up or going full nihilist. Here’s five tips for spiritually surviving (yet another) Church crisis. Find Some Spiritual Shelter As in all …

From the Archives: We Need Victim-Centered Reform

In October of 2010 I wrote in US Catholic about the clericalism, arrogance, and triumphalism at the heart of the sex abuse cover up in the Catholic Church. Due to the current mess, here is it is again: Why we need victim-centered reform.   During his visit to the United Kingdom last month, Pope Benedict publicly acknowledged …

See, Judge, Act: The Pastoral Circle and Separation of Families at the Border — Jennifer Owens-Jofré

An excellent compilation of resources on how to become informed, judge and act to stop the separation of families at the border. See, Judge, Act: The Pastoral Circle and Separation of Families at the Border — Jennifer Owens-Jofré — Read on http://www.jenniferowensjofre.com/blog/2018/6/16/see-judge-act-the-pastoral-circle-and-separation-of-families-at-the-border