Something to Think About

A Spirituality of Orality

July 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

Nearly 25 years ago, the Jesuit scholar of language Walter J. Ong wrote a seminal work on the difference between spoken and written language, and how the use of these different forms of [...]

Events Through a Camera

June 23, 2016 // 2 Comments

Shemaiah Gonzalez’s children were in a performance after a week of theater camp. She writes: I arrived early and got a seat on aisle so I’d be sure to see both children wherever they happened to [...]

Four Ways to Rest This Summer

May 31, 2016 // 4 Comments

Summer is here (or almost, depending on your counting). I confess to over-planning at the beginning of summer because the weather’s right and I feel energized by the extra daylight to get a lot [...]

A God Who Labors

May 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

There is a life-size crucifix I once saw in a church in Germany, ordinary except for the fact that—a casualty of war—the body of Jesus has no arms. The parishioners decided to leave the crucifix [...]

Five Reasons Not to Dismiss Halloween

October 30, 2015 // 3 Comments

Whether or not you have children, it’s hard to escape the Halloween decorations and festivities this time of year. Here are my thoughts on why we should attend to this holiday. Halloween has become [...]

Ignatian Optimism

September 11, 2015 // 3 Comments

St. Augustine was impressed by the amount of sin in the world; humanity for him was a massa damnata. That seems to imply that grace is not only unearned but bestowed sparingly. Ignatius, on the other [...]

The Virtue in Playing Games

August 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

10 Ways to Begin Well

January 1, 2014 // 2 Comments

Rather than compose elaborate resolutions for the year to come, simply do, in some small way, what you intend to do all year: Say “Thank you” to at least one person. Make one healthy choice about [...]

Master of Disguises

December 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

“‘In the poorest of the poor we see Jesus in distressed disguise.’ So said Mother Teresa as she and her nuns ministered to the abandoned babies and dying aged whom they gathered in [...]

Weary on Christmas Eve

December 24, 2012 // 4 Comments

“What a mess we have made of God’s greatest gift to us! We scurry for weeks, baking, shopping, working extra hours, rehearsing and presenting Christmas pageants. By Christmas Eve, most of us [...]
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