Books are the windows through which the soul looks out. A home without books is like a room without windows

A great quote by Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1888), on books. I though some of you might appreciate it. "Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. The plainest row of books that cloth or paper ever covered is more significant of refinement than the most elaborately carved étagére or sideboard.Books are the windows through which the soul looks out. A home without books is like a room without windows.No man has a right to bring up his c … [Read more...]

Entering the Triduum with open hands and open hearts

Tonight we begin the Triduum. Tonight we gather together in remembrance of Christ. Tonight we celebrate the institution of the Paschal Meal and join in the Supper of the Lamb. This meal is what the Church has called the “the source and summit of the Christian life” (c.f. Lumen Gentium, 11), so it is important to reflect on what it means. Our readings today help root the meal in its context within the Hebrew Bible, the Passover meal. In this meal, the Israelites gathered together to eat, to wat … [Read more...]

Pope Francis meets homeless on private visit to Sistine Chapel

I'm not sure if you saw this but I thought it was really cool. The Pope recently met with the some of the homeless population in his diocese during a private tour of the Sistine Chapel, set up for them. If only we had more bishops take this approach in the world. It's gotten me to start thinking, what would it look like in my community if we started to think creatively like this about ways to love and serve those in need. Today is Maundy Thursday which literally means the Washing Thursday. We … [Read more...]

For Strength This Holy Week

I had an unexpected encounter with the sacred this week.I had parked the car, and was preparing to get out, while finishing listening to a segment on the radio. My oldest son climbed up next to me and leaned over to be next to me. Looking down at the radio, he reached out and pushed the scan button. All we heard was static. He pressed it again and what I heard was beautiful: a beautiful performance of Hildegard von Bingen's O Ecclesia. It was a huge encouragement for me. A moment of holy … [Read more...]

An Essential Lesson from St. Francis for Life in the 21st Century

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Why I disagree with Taylor Marshall on Seder Meals

This week Taylor Marshall posted an article encouraging Catholics from refraining from attending Christian Seder meals. I am planning on attending a Seder this week so I took notice. I have been going to Christian Seder meals my whole life, even before I was Catholic, and they have formed my understanding of the sacrifice of Christ in deeply profound ways. I wanted to give Dr. Marshall a hearing so I read through the article. Although I deeply respect the perspective of Dr. Marshall I found that … [Read more...]

What’s your Myers-Briggs saint?

This week Church of the Ressurection, in Wheaton, IL posted a great little image saying: To help prepare you for worship during Holy Week, we offer this reflection on genuflection using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). If you don't know yours, you can take an unofficial version here. Each Holy Week personality is paired with a patron saint, so we can imitate them in our own unique, sacred pathways. Read the description for which services provide adoration opportunities that are the right … [Read more...]

Are Catholics Creationists?

Last week I had a chance to present a talk along with Paleontologist Michael Cherney. Michael gave his perspective as a Catholic and a Scientist and presented the reasons why he considers himself to be a “Darwinian” Christian. He believes in the theory of evolution as the best explanation for the biological diversity in the world today. He rejects Young Earth creation accounts that take the book of Genesis to be referring to 6 literal 24 hour periods of time, and date the earth to less than 10, … [Read more...]

Eastern Orthodoxy and the Pope: Latin Perspectives

This article is the third and final instalment in my series on reconciling the papacy between east and west. You can read the first post that offers and overview of the history of the papacy in relationship to the East here. You can read the second installment that goes over Eastern perspectives on paths to unity here. I hope you will leave any feedback you have on this project in the comments section below.---------------------------------------------------------------The west has … [Read more...]