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
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.
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!
As we begin a new year and as we prepare to enter into a new age in our nation’s history, let us take time to remember who we are as the people of God. The recent presidential election has catalyzed, or at least made painfully visible, a lot of the division and anger that was … More Novena for Peace and Justice
As this Advent season winds down and as we inch closer to Christmas, I have been reflecting on the great mystery of grace amidst the brokenness and darkness of our world today. One of the texts I’ve read during this semester, Elizabeth Dreyer’s Manifestations of Grace (1990) attempts to describe the phenomenon of grace and … More On Grace – An Advent Reflection
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.
Most high, glorious God Enlighten the darkness of our hearts And give us true faith, Certain hope and perfect charity, Sense and knowledge, Lord, That we may carry out Your holy and true command, No matter what happens tonight And no matter who our President is tomorrow. Give us hope because that will carry us … More Enlighten the Darkness of Our Hearts
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