Who are the least in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats?

The Least

In this weeks Leactionary text from Matthew 25 we are presented with the last of Jesus eschatological teachings, known as the “parable of the sheep and the goats” or at times the “judgment of the Son of Man.” It seems to be a combination of a parable and an apocalypse. Jesus parables are stories that give a fictitious saying which conveys truth, offering hearers a handle through which to understand the kingdom of God.[1] Apocalypses are, at least within the Jewish tradition, accounts of an immine … [Read more...]

How to Define Holiness


Most people who grow up in the Church have heard the word holy more than enough. It’s so ubiquitous in churches it becomes almost invisible. Nearly everything in a church is called holy from the books that are read, to the water by the door, to the pictures and the windows. Churches are filled with “holy” things. So many things are designated as holy, that the word itself is often undetected, unexamined, and misunderstood. Holiness is a word that becomes like the air that is breathed. It is often … [Read more...]

The Eschatological Crucifixion of Bernardo Daddi

Jesus on the cross

One thing that religious art and iconography sometimes does spectacularly, is illuminate the ways in which a biblical story has resonances both with the wider biblical canon as well as the spiritual and liturgical life of the community of the person who observes this. This week I was particularly struck by the way that this is done in the image of the 1335 image of the crucifixion attributed to Bernardo Daddi. I wanted to share a few of my thoughts on it with you.It’s a simple p … [Read more...]

Exploring Dali’s Sacrament of the Last Supper


Salvidore Dali's Sacrament of the Last Supper is in many ways, is a culmination of the artistic projects that Dali had been endeavoring to pursue in 1955. It brought together forms of disintegration/mystical realism as well as highlighting the naturalism of the Renascence paintings that Dali had become interested in.  Given that Dali had become intent on becoming the next Leonardo da Vinci at the time, the subject of the Last Supper was a natural choice for the work. He hoped that his creation wo … [Read more...]

Kim Kardashian and the Immaculate Conception: A PSA

public service

The internet is abuzz today about some racy photos of Kim Kardashian that recently came out. With any such monumental news the intellectual elite are sure to weigh in with their comments about what this means for us culturally and what it means for the future of human existence.  Along with this commentary, is an article highlighting the artistic heritage of the images of Kim posted over at “The Grio” which highlights how the depictions of Kim are directly related to old racial stereotypes and ex … [Read more...]

Why Catholics Oppose the Death Penalty

Catholics Death

Early this year Henry McCollum, North Carolina’s longest serving death row inmate, walked out of prison a free man. He has spent the majority of his life—30 years—behind bars for a crime he did not commit. Thanks to DNA evidence, we now know that the confession extracted by police in the early 1980s was in all likelihood the result of a scared kid who was looking for a way to go home, rather than a piece of real evidence. This is a sobering story. The assumptions of a few law enforcement office … [Read more...]

Quiz: The 5 Dimensional Political Compass


I ran into this quiz today and thought it was fun. It attempts to track your political affiliation using five different categories. After writing my article on the flaws of a binary political system earlier this week I thought this was particularly interesting. I have included the quiz below for you to take. If anyone is interested in my results. The quiz is flawed in a lot of ways, but there is a part of me that loves convoluted labeling schemes. Call it a guilty pleasure. Apparently I'm a "So … [Read more...]

Does the way Jesus died matter?

How did Jesus Die

Jesus’ death matters.I think very few Christians would disagree with that statement. For nearly all believers, the death of Jesus is one the primary points upon which their theology turns. How one understands the death of Jesus underscores how we view God, salvation, human destiny, love and Christ himself.This has certainly been true in my own life. In fact one of the primary reasons I became catholic is because of my own struggles answering the question, “why did Jesus die … [Read more...]

How to Vote for the Perfect Candidate, Every Time


A few years ago I was at my friend’s home near election Day. We were talking about who we were going to be voting for, and I mentioned that I planned on writing in a non-candidate for a particular office. This was something I often did, but he found it to be abhorrent.From his perspective a failure to vote for the candidate you are more inclined to vote for is, de facto, a vote for his opponent. I should also mention that he believed that the only candidate that someone should vote for is t … [Read more...]