America interviews TJP editor Michael Rossmann, SJ

Greetings from Los Angeles!The Jesuit Post editor-in-chief Michael Rossmann SJ and I are staying at Loyola Marymount University, where we are attending a week-long Jesuit formation conference titled "Global Mission in a Digital Age."We are among 350 young Jesuits in formation from the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean in attendance. Most of TJP's staff is included in this group.Today I have an interview with Michael up at America, where we discuss the ongoing partnership … [Read more...]

Jesus: A Pitiless Man?

What is pity? At times it may be the admirable quality that moves us to water a drying, dying flower. At other times, pity may be the most hurtful reaction we can receive from others. By understanding pity, we may understand a little more about the person of Jesus. Aristotle described pity as a reaction to "unmerited misfortune". This implies a judgment about whether the other deserves the suffering they endure. Aristotle even suggests that this empathy is a kind of confusion: we imagine that … [Read more...]

Rosario Rodriguez on forgiving her attackers

I recently interviewed Rosario Rodriguez, a Los Angeles-based Catholic speaker who survived an attempted rape at age 14 and also a shooting at age 31 that nearly killed her. The bullet from the shooting (a gang initiation) is still lodged in her body and she has to be careful about what she eats, but Rosario now speaks around the country about her experience of healing and forgiveness following her experiences of these violent crimes. Her path to healing from these crimes has … [Read more...]

Leah Darrow: From America’s Next Top Model to Catholic inspirational speaker

Today I have an interview with former professional model Leah Darrow up at America magazine.As a 24-year old model from Oklahoma City, Leah was one of 14 finalists on Cycle 3 of America's Next Top Model in 2004. She was eliminated in episode two when judge Tyra Banks said she looked like a "soccer mom" in her photo shoot. Ironically, she is now a wife, the mother of two young children, and a professional Catholic speaker.In the interview, Leah talks about a conversion moment she … [Read more...]

What could a celibate know about dating?

Being a celibate is about being in relationships and not about avoiding them. I work hard to define my celibacy in terms of availability to those who are in need. It is common for monks, nuns, priests, or lay religious to be asked what they have against marriage. The answer is, of course, that we love and revere marriage. God has simply called us to express our human love in a different way. If that's the case, though, then what could we possibly know about romantic relationships?To show … [Read more...]

The Tree of Life Revisited

We are nearing the fourth anniversary of the 64th Cannes Film Festival of 2011, where a metaphysically probing and visually dazzling film won the Palme d’Or, the highest prize at the premiere international film competition. The Tree of Life was only the fifth film from American director Terrence Malick in a forty-year career, and the film has remained something of an enigma. It has been lauded as a masterpiece and dismissed as an indulgent artiste-project. What is undeniable, however, is that it … [Read more...]