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
Today, we celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph and I wanted to share this beautiful prayer written by my friend, Terry. In a world that is wounded by injustice and toxic masculinity, we ask: Saint Joseph, pray for us. Prayer to St. Joseph By Terrence J. Moran St. Joseph… Who believed in Mary’s word, make us a … More Prayer to St. Joseph
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
Today, we remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001. Every year, on the Sunday prior to the anniversary of September 11, people from all over the country commemorate the sacrifice of the hundreds of first responders who lost their lives at the World Trade Center. 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, 8 paramedics, and 1 … More 9/11 Walk of Remembrance
Today, the Church celebrates the feast day of St. Edith Stein, OCD, a Discalced Carmelite nun, theologian and brilliant philosopher, convert from Judaism, and victim of the Holocaust. I’ve written a blog entry on St. Edith a few years ago, after visiting the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. In it, I included the letter she … More St. Edith Stein – A Martyr of Minority
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
Here is the transcript of Pope Francis’ recent Ted Talk. Good evening – or, good morning, I am not sure what time it is there. Regardless of the hour, I am thrilled to be participating in your conference. I very much like its title – “The Future You” – because, while looking at tomorrow, it invites us to … More Pope Francis: Why the only future worth building includes everyone
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!