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

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

Happy Easter!

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!

I Was a Stranger and You Did Not Welcome Me

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

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

El Arbol de la Humanidad (The Tree of Humanity)

El Arbol de la Humanidad (The Tree of Humanity) By Fr. Pedro Trigo, SJ (trans. Br. Christian Seno, OFM) Today, we present ourselves before You as branches Of the old, verdant tree of humanity. We, O Lord, are children born of the common sap That, through the centuries, has produced both splendid and poisonous flowers; … More El Arbol de la Humanidad (The Tree of Humanity)

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