Working for Justice through the “Lord’s Prayer”

Daily Bread and Kingdom come

A few years ago I spent a summer working as a hospital chaplain. It was one of the most challenging things I have ever done. Chaplains are rarely called when things are going well. They are called when something goes wrong in an operation. They are called when tragedy strikes. Chaplains are asked to escort people through death, and failure, and sorrow beyond words. They are called in when the vocabulary of medicine is unable to address the most pressing needs of a patient or family. Chaplains … [Read more...]

Angels and Saints: Ignatius of Antioch


One of the major difficulties that people have with the Catholic faith is the role that saints play in the lives of individuals. This was certainly a major issue in my own journey to join the Church. I always feared that by emphasizing the saints that somehow I would be taking emphasis off of Jesus.This understanding missed the point. The Christian life is not a zero-sum game.In truth, the saints are Christ’s body extended through the church. They are a way we can meet Christ through the … [Read more...]

What the West Can Learn From the East

West lears

Although I am a Catholic, I never would have made it to the Catholic Church if it wasn't for a detour I took through the world Eastern Orthodoxy. The Eastern Christian Churches (in all of their many forms) have a rich history and liturgy that draw from deep and rich wells of the Christian tradition. I think those of us in the west have a great deal that we can learn from our Eastern brethren. Here is a list of tree things that I think every Westerner can learn from their Eastern … [Read more...]

What the East can Learn From The West

East lears

 Even though much of my own theology is influenced more by Eastern theology than Western theology, I have chosen to remain a Western Christian and joined the Latin rite when I entered the Catholic Church. I remained a Western Christian because I am a child of the West, and I truly believe that God has done some amazing things in the West. I did not want to turn my back on the rich tradition and language that formed so much of my own identity and within the Catholic Church I learned to … [Read more...]

Like Pope Francis, the Church breathes with one lung.

One Lung

There are few things in the World that break my heart as much as reading about the tragic moments in the Church’s history that have caused schism. Perhaps the greatest wound the church has endured is the severing of its Eastern and Western lungs, the schism of the East from the West.For nearly 1,000 years, half of our history, the West has lived divorced from the wisdom of much of the Eastern Church, and Most of the Eastern Churches have lived divorced from the wisdom of the West. The wounds … [Read more...]

You’ll be inspired by this Catholic nun

Sewing Hope

I'm not sure if you caught the interview with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe on the Colbert Report. In it she talks about abductions in Africa, and how important it is for people to care. Sister Rosemary was such a joy and an inspiration in the video I thought I would share it with you all here: Sister Romemary was listed as one of Time's 100 most influential people. They write of her: In Gulu, Uganda, Sister Rosemary has made it her mission to provide within an orphanage a home, a s … [Read more...]

Poetry is Sane – G.K. Chesterton

Poetry is Sane - GK Chesterton

One of the books that changed my life is Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton. It was the first book of Chesterton's that I read, but certainly not the last.  The part of the book which has made the largest impact on my own life is a section where he compares the logician to the poet. I decided I would turn that section into a picture so I could share it on my Pintrest. I thought you all might like it too, so I have included it here for you as well. If you want to read the section in it's entirety I en … [Read more...]

Reviewsday Tuesday: The Age of the Spirit

Phyllis tickle Age of the Spirit

Over the weekend I read through Phyllis Tickle's new book The Age of the Spirit. For those who don't know Tickle, she is considered by many to be the godmother of the emergent church movement. She has traveled the country preaching that the church is in the midst of a new epoch which she has called "The Great Emergence." This book is a continuation and deepening of her previous work on this subject. In this book Tickle traces seeks to look back at church history to try to make sense of where we a … [Read more...]

7 Reasons to affirm the Trinity

7 Reasons

This week I wrote an Article for Theologues talking about the "Seven Reasons I believe in the Trinity." I hope you will take a look! Here is an excerpt: I believe in the Bible. I find it is a beautiful book and when rightly divided it is a reliable rule for what I believe and how I behave. However there are a great deal of things I believe in which are not explicitly mentioned in the scriptures. Chief among these is the doctrine of the Trinity. Although the word trinity is never mentioned … [Read more...]