Bare branches, living hope

There is such beauty in the naked branches. A twisted mess of Fingers raised to the light. I'm inspired by their faith. Standing still in the darkest days, and the coldest hours. Arms held aright. Ready for resurrection. … [Read more...]

Advent in Ice

Found this little guy in a frozen pond this morning. I love the texture of the water's surface and I love how this little shoot breaks through it. Reminds me of myself.Winter catches me unprepared. I find myself still clinging to the leaves of the last season unwilling to move forward unwilling to let go.December is the season of Advent. A season liturgically designed to prepare us. It tells us to let go; let go of our little narratives for a bigger story; let go of our fears for a … [Read more...]

A new day. An old prayer.

Let nothing disturb you,Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices.-- St. Teresa of Avila … [Read more...]

Vote for the Good

To my christian friends who are voting for Trump. I know why you are doing it. You hate Abortion.I know it's an important issue... but I feel I have to say something.But this pro-life only attitude has become dangerous. Not only for the nation and the world but even our souls.It's been used to cover such a multitude of sins.It's justified budgets that abuse the poor. It's justified supporting candidates who vote to cut food aid to the most vulnerable, those who support the death … [Read more...]

15 Funny Comments Medieval Scribes left in the Margins

As you are probably aware, much of our civilization owes its existence to scribes. In the years before the printing press every book needed to be copied by hand. This process was hard, long and expensive. Simply having a copy of the Bible would often involve a year of hard work, the slaughter of an entire herd of sheep (their skin was used to the pages of books), and would cost as much as a house to produce. Books were treasures, and this wealth was produced primarily by monks who would dedicate … [Read more...]

Which Medieval Religious Order do you fit in?

One of the great parts of being a Catholic is the variety of spiritual approaches to the Christian life we are able to draw from through our shared herritage of religious orders. I've often wondered which order I fit into best. This is why I love this little quiz.  I got cistercian, which was a surprise since I have always thought of myself as more of a Jesuit. Let me know what you get! … [Read more...]

A simple prayer

Father,We turn to you, turning all our life to you We turn away from all that is not given to you. We turn over all we have recived from you. We turn our hearts, our minds, our days, and all our ways to your grace.We remember the past with faith you are making all things new. We look to the future with hope in your unfailing promises. We walk today with love for we walk with you.Grant, to us, lord the grace we need. Grant faith that conquers despair Grant peace that conquers … [Read more...]

Cultivate: Helping the Hungry with Craft Beer and Coffee

Things have been really quite here on my blog the last couple months. The reason for this is because I've been launching a new cafe and tap-house. Hopefully regular posts will start flowing soon. Until then I'd love it if you took a look at what we were doing. My friend Kathy wrote up a great profile on the project at Aleteia. You can read it now here. Here's an excerpt: Billy Kangas, Cultivate‘s director of coffee and cause, described the new venture, listing three principles upon which C … [Read more...]

“Lesser” issues like the death penalty and the arms race are necessary

Last week was powerful for me. The Pope's visit helped to stoke my passion for the gospel and renewed the sense of urgency that I feel about working to address many of the issues of injustice we are facing. I can think of few times I felt more proud of my Catholic faith then listening to the Pope address congress. I was brought to tears by his message. He spoke with conviction and boldness but also with an openness to others that has become, for me, a target to hit in my own conversations. … [Read more...]