Love Your Neighbor

I haven’t posted much, because: I hate posting There’s plenty going on in the world without me adding my opinion I’m busy with actual stuff But anyway here’s my homily from today. Luke 6ish: But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse […]

Only You are Right

(Luke 7:31f) Jesus said, “To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the market place and calling to one another, ‘We piped to you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not weep.’ For John the Baptist has […]

Hurry Up in Confession

This is a two-part open letter, first to penitents and second to confessors. It seems especially urgent now, when sacraments are particularly difficult to come by. Dear Penitent, I’m glad you’re going to confession. If it’s been a while, welcome back. If your last time was only recently, no problem. This is the place where […]

Plato’s Republic – Book I: Garbage People

I figured since I teach the Republic every year I’ll write something about it. I’m convinced that the book is about the role of media (“poetry”) as much as it’s about politics and ethics, and about images much more than Forms, so what I’ll do is write one post for each of the ten Books […]

Discerning a Vocation: What Not to Do

In my sixteen years as a priest, I’ve been vocation director, seminary rector, and spiritual director to a convent. More importantly, I’ve made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot, and like many God-related things, a lot of the knowledge we have about vocations is about what’s not true. How exactly someone goes about […]

The 10 Meanest Things Jesus Said: Part 3

Continued from Part 2. 5. What the Hell The quote As he entered Caper’na-um, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion answered him, “Lord, I am not […]