During lauds this morning, my community and I prayed the Common of Pastors to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whom we remember in a special way today. Given the increased barrage of racist and White supremacist language and violence that has emanated from the Oval Office of late, it was especially fitting that we … More Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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
On October 1st, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, a Discalced Carmelite nun and Doctor of the Church. Ever since I was a young child, I have had a great fondness for this great saint. I was fascinated by her Little Way, a deceptively simple path to holiness that was rooted … More The Little Way of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
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
Happy Easter! ¡Felices Pascuas! Joyeuses Pâques! I have neglected this blog because I have been focusing these past few months on completing my thesis. But now that I am almost complete, I wanted to take some time to share some photos from the Easter celebration at Saint Camillus Church in Silver Spring, Maryland. At the heart of my engagement with … More Happy Easter!
In the 25th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus’ injunction for Christian discipleship was told in the form of a parable entitled the Judgment of the Nations. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before … More #IamaStranger – Judgment of the Nations
Dear Friars and Friends, By now you are aware of the executive orders that President Trump has recently signed. These will adversely affect immigration into the United States. The moratorium on immigration from certain Muslim countries in the Middle East and the building of the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border will greatly impact the lives … More #IamaStranger Campaign
Below is video from James Martin, SJ’s Facebook page in response to Donald Trump’s executive actions which will severely limit immigration into the United States. This action has been the latest in a series of anti-immigrant, xenophobic, and racist remarks from the recently inaugurated 45th President. As James Martin rightly tells us, such unjust laws are … More I Was a Stranger and You Did Not Welcome Me
I have heard from more than a few people that they have received some blowback and criticism for attending the Women’s Marches this weekend. The criticism took on many forms, from sarcastic comments and remarks before the march to condemnation on social media – I saw a friar become “unfriended” on Facebook and even saw … More Working for Justice: Encountering Blowback
Yesterday, I joined over half a million of my sisters and brothers at the Women’s March on Washington. Some of my friends asked me why I was marching, after all, wasn’t this a women’s march? I heard from others that there was a hesitance to get involved because “it’s a women’s thing” and that they … More Women’s March on Washington: Why I Marched