An Appeal to Anti-Maskers

Everyone knows I’m a grump and kind of a jerk, but I hope you also know there’s still some love down there in my heart somewhere, and that that’s where this is coming from. Many priests I’ve talked to have shared some sadness or frustration about this about some of their parishioners, so I wanted […]

Advent Math: 1+1=1

One of my favorite hymns in my tradition is Brykh Hannana by Mar Bawai the Great (551 – 628 AD). Here’s my singable translation (and here’s a recording by my cousin): * O blessed Mercy, Gracefulness,        who led our life through the prophets:* Isaiah saw, with Spirit’s eye,        the marvel Child of Divinity.* For Mary […]

The New Liberation Theology

When I was in seminary a couple decades ago, the impression we were given by our professors, and especially the more conservative ones, was that liberation theology was a bad thing. I’ve never actually read liberation theology, but I have the vague impression that it says that the earthly Church has the duty (among other […]

Why Pray for Stuff?

I get this question pretty often so I figured I’d write out my thoughts on it and just send people a link from now on so they leave me alone. This is a long one though so brace yourself. Or not reading it is also fine. What I’m not Talking About First, specifying the question. […]