Good Friday Meditation – Police Brutality

Today, we commemorate the Passion of Jesus of Nazareth, who died on the cross in a government-sanctioned extrajudicial execution.  Rejected by the religious establishment and vilified for reaching out to those who were rejected by society, Jesus was arrested and brutalized for preaching the word of God and for building the Kingdom.   Today, many … More Good Friday Meditation – Police Brutality

The Seven Last Words

Today, we commemorate the entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem.  As we prayerfully prepare ourselves to enter into Holy Week, I offer here a reflection I wrote for Franciscans International which uses the Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ as a meditation on the current global migration crisis.  By reflecting on the Passion of Christ … More The Seven Last Words

Advent 2017 Reflection

As part of my work for Franciscans International, I created an Advent Reflection that uses the stories of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba, the four women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, to reflect on contemporary human rights issues that disproportionately affect women. “Advent is a season of joyful anticipation. … More Advent 2017 Reflection

Br. Jerry Zawada, OFM

Yesterday, July 25, 2017, I found out that my friend and brother, Br. Jerry Zawada, OFM, passed away and returned home to God.  He was 80 years old and lived a life that was totally committed to justice, peace, nonviolence, and solidarity with those whom he felt were excluded and marginalized.  He was an inspirational … More Br. Jerry Zawada, OFM

It is what it is

Why is God so good to me? That question came up in a conversation I had yesterday. As I find myself nearly half way through my summer internship here in Geneva, I am full of joy and gratitude for being given this amazing opportunity to learn about Franciscans International and the work of human rights … More It is what it is

World Refugee Day 2017

After a little bit of a hiatus, I am gonna try to get back to updating this blog.  I am currently in Geneva, where I am spending the summer interning with Franciscans International.  I will be learning about the inner workings of Franciscans International, a nongovernmental organization with general consultative status at the United Nations that … More World Refugee Day 2017