A House is Not a Home: Domestic Church and the Art of Homemaking

This is part of the Patheos Catholic summer symposium, anticipating the Church's "Synod for the Family" in October. * I write surrounded. By boxes. We are moving into our new place in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is the 14th move of my 31 years of life, excluding small and transitional moves. I have now been a resident in three countries: the USA, Mexico, and Canada. There is a process of thinking and way of being, an attitude and approach about the place where one lives, that … [Read more...]

Now THIS is News: Nicea 2025? UPDATED

I don't fancy myself a journalist or a reporter and I am not one to try and invent the "news," but this is a very big deal. From Catholic Culture: Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople have agreed to plan for an ecumenical council to be held in Nicea in 2025, the AsiaNews service reports. Vatican Insider has confirmed it. Even the possibility of this happening makes me tingle with excitement. For my usual version of the news, read "The Weekly … [Read more...]

“No Exit Catholicism” at Ethika Politika

I've been considering the role of more indirect and oblique routes in building a sense of personal and social Catholic identity for some time now. The main reason, that I don't share in this essay, is intimate and personal. It was this cultural Catholicism, in my own genealogical ties to the Church the beauty of the Liturgy, that kept me Catholic at a time of immense and serious doubt. It was as if I could not fall away, no matter what I decided or how hard I tried. It was strangely … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss “The Image of God,” Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, in Portland, OR, two of my great loves — Terrence Malick's masterpiece, The Tree of Life, and Augustine's Confessions — will be combined into a very exciting event, led by  John O'Callaghan, professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. The event is "The Image of God: Malick's Tree of Life and Augustine," tomorrow, March 22nd, from 3 to 7 pm, in Buckley Center Auditorium at the University of Portland. For those of us who are not able to attend, the event is … [Read more...]

How to (Not) Destroy Catholic Art

  Catholic art is destroyed at the exact point in which it becomes necessary to have "Catholic" art. * The surging liturgical movement in the Roman Catholic Church over the past decade, often called "traditionalism," is not so much evidence of the strength of Catholic liturgy today but, instead, of its remarkable weakness. We do not see "traditionalists" emerge unless (a) there is no tradition to begin with or (b) until a real tradition is in danger. Otherwise, traditions, real ones, … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas!

A Very Merry and Blessed Christmas to All! … [Read more...]

The Educational Significance of Advent

Liturgy is mystogogical. In other words, one role of liturgy is to teach and form the faithful, to catechize us both in and out of formal liturgical events. If our home is a "domestic church," then it should look, sound, and feel like a church, especially if we live with children. Why? Because churches are decorated and arranged for more than ornamental purposes. The pictures, colors, structure, style, and order of a church are all deeply catechetical. The images teach and show. The form of the … [Read more...]

The Womb of Love: A Womanist Manifesto

The Ascension is a soft-spoken Catholic feast about dwelling in a prolonged and reoccurring Advent. More and more, I feel like all feasts eventually collapse on each other, but today the feast of the Ascension feels unique because of its peculiar absence, its anti-climatic and even surprising exit. Birth, Death, and Resurrection is much more straightforward. It covers all the bases and leaves no loose ends. But there's more? Yes, yes, there is. Salvation history is an … [Read more...]

“Google Nose” Smells Funny and Familiar: A Sun Blemish

People got offended by Google's choice to feature a sketch of Cesar Chavez today, Easter Sunday. I have very little to say that First Things editor, Matthew Schmitz, didn't cover in his excellent and timely blog post, "Why It's Fitting to Remember Cesar Chavez on Easter Sunday." Those who remain unconvinced, should read "The Passion of Cesar Chavez," published in Crisis Magazine almost a year ago. The lesson is this: if there is an opportunity to proclaim the Gospel, then doing otherwise … [Read more...]

Polish Easter

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Polish Easter Easter Ether Eastern East Feast Feast Feast, Feast Feast Feast Polish Sausage, Aleluja! … [Read more...]


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