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

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… Read more

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… Read more

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

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,… Read more

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… Read more

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… Read more

I have been a longtime fan of Stephen Colbert. He’s helped me to laugh through many of the most difficult and frustrating times of our nation’s history over the past 15 years or so (first on the Daily Show, and later in his own political comedy satire). Now Colbert is about to take the reins of the Late Show. I think he’ll do a great job. As the new show’s launch approaches Colbert was profiled this week by GQ. The profile touches… Read more

This week my wife almost bought me a tie. She’s visiting Ireland with my kids and her mom and they went to see the Book of Kells which is a beautiful illuminated Latin text of the Gospels. It’s 1200 years old and very cool. I was jealous. On their way out they stopped in the gift shop and found that the whole store seemed to be devoted to me. At least at first blush. My initials “BK” are the same as the… Read more

This week I was fascinated with the National Geographic look at the pontificate of Francis so far. They give a glimpse at how Francis is working within and without the traditional structures of the Vatican. It’s worth a read. One thing I found fascinating was the summary of how Francis differs from Benedict in matter of diplomacy. It was offered by Federico Lombardi, the longtime Vatican communications official. Here’s an excerpt from the article: After meeting with a world leader, the former pope [Benedict]… Read more

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