Goodbye, Vox Nova

For flighty, sentimental reasons, I will no longer be writing at Vox Nova. As I prepare to move from Wabash College to the University of North Dakota, into a new chapter of life, I think that the time has come for some change. To all who have read my work here over the years: thank [Read More…]

Nova’s Ordo: Fifth Sunday of Lent

“I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour?’ But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.” The crowd there heard it and said it was [Read More…]

The Aesthetic Equivalence of U.S. Political Parties

For several years now, I’ve had an uncanny feeling about the competing political mirror images in national politics. The Republicans and the Democrats look essentially and problematically the same to me. They appear perfectly complimentary to each other, like feuding identical twins. (Elsewhere I’ve called them a “two-headed monster.”) I’ve tried to argue and assert [Read More…]

Fasting for Vitality

For most of my life, I’ve misunderstood ascetic practices as shallow, utilitarian forms of self denial. For instance: fasting is many times associated with denying the body to strengthen the soul. This superstitious approach is too extravagant and detached from ordinary experience. We all know of ascetic practices that only deny the flesh in a [Read More…]

The Heavens Are Your Kin

(Today I led the weekly ecumenical chapel service in Tuttle Chapel at Wabash College. Here are the selected readings, a short meditation, and a hymn.) Genesis 15:5 And he [God] brought him [Abraham] outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, [Read More…]

Tim Tebow Redux: Rooting for somone who thinks you’re damned to hell?

In August 2009 I wrote a post about Tim Tebow. In it, I pointed out the rabid anti-Catholicism embedded in his father’s protestant-evangelical mission in the Philippines. What I never could have imagined then was that Tebow’s celebrity would only surge from that point forward. To my amusement and embarrassment, it is the most read [Read More…]

Liturgy as Mystagogy: Towards a Pagan Religious Education, Above and Beyond Learning

Previous entries — (1) Introduction; (2)  Saved by Beauty, a Testimony “He said to me ‘Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving to you.’ Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth.” -Ezekiel 3:3 (In the previous post, I focused on [Read More…]

Liturgy as Mystagogy: Saved by Beauty, a Testimony

Previous entry – Liturgy as Mystagogy: Introduction “Do not think that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has as much difficulty and sadness and remains far behind yours. Were it otherwise he would never have been able to find those [Read More…]

Liturgy as Mystagogy: Introduction

“Are the three Kings here yet?” – Tomas Rocha (age 5) On this the Feast of St. John the Evangelist, I would like to embark on a project that is very near and dear to me, that connects many of my interests and passions together: the notion and practice of liturgy as mystagogy. In RCIA [Read More…]

F-ing Tennis Shoes?

I went shopping today, I went to church in other words. Yesterday, my post (arguing that D. Trump is the president who forces us to face our present, national reality—and a reality we deserve) was met by some outrage on several accounts. One of them was this: my profanity-laced jeremiad against shopping and the USA [Read More…]