We Shall Overcome

This morning we will enter into a new age in our nation’s history.  While many of us stand in fear because of the promises and threats made these past few months, let us remember that we are first and foremost a people of faith.  We are called to continue our work for justice, to stand with our … More We Shall Overcome

Day 8: Care for Ecology and Climate Change

For today’s reflection, the eighth day in our Novena for Peace and Justice, Br. Anthony Zuba, a Capuchin Franciscan from the Parish of Holy Cross-Saint John the Baptist, talks about the importance of caring for Creation.  Our Promethean pride and our ravenous consumption has compelled us to pillage our home of its resources – of the air, the … More Day 8: Care for Ecology and Climate Change

Day 4: Gun Violence

We do a good talk about being “pro-life”, but the fact of the matter is that America leads the entire world in deaths caused by guns.  As Br. Ramon Razon, OFM wrote, “Americans are killed by gun violence daily. Where have we been complicit in terms of holding the integrity of life from conception to natural … More Day 4: Gun Violence

Objectively Disordered – Religious Language and LGBT Persons

In light of the recent reaffirmation of the Church’s stance on excluding candidates with “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” to the priesthood, I have reflected quite a bit on how our Church’s use of language influences, positively or negatively, issues of social justice. The language of religion, the words and texts used in prayer, in liturgies, and … More Objectively Disordered – Religious Language and LGBT Persons

We need to talk.

I have continued to pray and reflect on the elections these past few days, which have been dark, heavy, and painful for me.  I have also reflected on my last post, which , in my panic, may have been said too prematurely, too hastily, without sitting in my pain and in others’ pain.  Although I believe … More We need to talk.

The Migrant Center: Indie & Foreign Film Festival

This evening, I attended the third annual Indie & Foreign Film Festival at the Migrant Center at the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi in New York City. Tonight’s film was a screening of Via Crucis Migrante, a powerful documentary by Hauken Lorenz that chronicles the stories of migrants and refugees at La72, in Tenosique, … More The Migrant Center: Indie & Foreign Film Festival

Pure Love: The Feast of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Today is the feast of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (1873 – 1897), the great Discalced Carmelite nun, Doctor of the Church, mystic, and prophet of Love.  Along with Saint Francis of Assisi, Thérèse is my favorite saint and the one whom I most desire to emulate. In Story of a Soul, her autobiography written as she was … More Pure Love: The Feast of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux