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
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
Earlier this week, on Monday, April 18th, my Brothers and I joined thousands of social justice advocates, religious leaders, and immigrant men, women, and children in front of the Supreme Court in support of President Obama’s executive actions, DACA and DAPA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans). Friars, postulants, and lay … More #FightforFamilies
As Pope Francis’s visit to the United States wraps up, I have begun to reflect on the excitement of the past week and the message he has given us. I have followed the Pope’s appearances in Washington DC, New York, and now Philadelphia, and I, along with the hundreds and thousands of people who have … More Pope Francis Effect
My vacation has come to an end and I am back in Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Maryland. I am so thankful for the time off, to have had the chance to reconnect with my friends and family before continuing with my formation as a Franciscan friar. I spent a large part of my … More Living in Love, a Reflection on Chastity
This past Thursday, my Postulant brothers and I visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. This was my first visit and I was greatly moved by the exhibition. It was all at once frightening, heartbreaking, depressing, and infuriating. Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Edith Stein, or St. Teresa Benedicta of the … More Saint Edith Stein
I’m really blessed to live close enough to my family that they can easily visit me at the friary. This past weekend, my family took the three and a half hour drive from NYC to visit me in DC. My parents, my aunt and uncle, and Keith celebrated Mass at the Franciscan Monastery of the … More Family Visit
Following Francis’s spirit of ecumenicism, we visited various Christian churches in the Washington DC area, including the National Cathedral of the Episcopal Church.