I was lucky enough to be able to visit both Madrid and Barcelona during my vocation vacation away from the friars. Barcelona is one of my favorite cities and, despite having been to the city three times in three years, I really wanted to savor it this time around. This wasn’t easy since I had developed a nasty chest and … More Barcelona


One of my favorite cities in the world is Madrid. There is just something beautiful about this royal city – a nice blend of culture, fashion, religion, and the grittiness of its streets. For me, a non-Spanish speaker, Madrid is at once alluring and inaccessible, bustling, but relaxed. It’s a city that I have only been … More Madrid


Long before I considered entering the Order of Friars Minor (the Franciscans), I contemplated joining the Discalced Carmelites friars, founded by St. Teresa of Ávila and St. John of the Cross in 1568. I was – and still am – an avid reader of Carmelite literature and I felt especially drawn to the writings and … More ¡Ávila!

Ordinary Time (Again)

Today is Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time –  the first day in “Ordinary Time” in three months since the beginning of the Lenten and Easter Season. Posting on this blog has been sporadic at best, as the past few months have been filled with a lot of travel, retreats, and transitions. On May 14th, … More Ordinary Time (Again)