March 11, 2019

The Holy Spirit will not allow Himself to be used. God never acts like a genie at our beck and call. When we seek the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we must be inviting God to use us, with no expectation that we can use Him in return. Read more

March 7, 2019

Most of the Passion of Perpetua is told in her own voice, written by her own hand, completed the day before she faced the beasts in the arena in Carthage. This makes her one of the few women in history to explain for herself the circumstances of her own martyrdom, and certainly the most ancient. Read more

February 24, 2019

Jürgen Moltmann’s book on eschatology, The Coming of God, came to my hands again recently. Fans of The Good Place (which we all should be!) will have spotted the theologian’s name, indeed this book title, on the chalkboard of Chidi’s red-booted friend. In his Preface, Moltmann makes the point that eschatology really should not be thought of as the end of all things, but as rather, finally, our true beginning: “In the end is the beginning.” And, it’s true, eschatology… Read more

February 18, 2019

Why are we starting off a series about inviting the Holy Spirit to take up residence in our hearts with a discussion about consecrating ourselves to Mary? Read more

February 11, 2019

If the problem is clericalism, what is the solution? It is axiomatic that vices cannot simply be eliminated—they have to be replaced with something better, or else they will just come back, often in a form that is even worse. Read more

January 20, 2019

January 18 to 25 is the annual international Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Christians of all sects gather together in prayer across doctrinal differences to remember Jesus’s prayer in John 17:21 “that they may all be one… so that the world may believe.” It is an opportunity for me to reflect on the tragedies caused by a divided Church, and the meaning of being one in the Lord. Read more

January 3, 2019

Yesterday’s matins reading from Saint Gregory Nazianzen for the feast of two of the Cappadocian theological giants provides warmth in our emotional Pleistocene. Gregory presents an intensity of friendship that this loveless age with its queer puritanism of right and left cannot seem to fathom. Eros, the impassioned journey from self to other (the perfective transcendence of embodied spirit not simply reducible to sexuality) has been exiled from the American soul, and all sides have colluded in this fundamental act… Read more

December 1, 2018

The final readings of the liturgical year reveal that the Tree of Life produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month… my eschatological curiosity was piqued. A monthly cycle, not of blood, but of fruit. Read more

November 26, 2018

Ohio is expected to pass soon, even over the veto of Gov. Kasich, a prohibition on performing abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected. This would generally prohibit abortions after about 6 weeks of gestation, and clearly violate the Constitutional standard enunciated by Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The Ohio legislature is well aware of this, and the bill is explicitly crafted to go into full effect if and when the Supreme Court overturns Roe. Testing the… Read more

November 14, 2018

Who knows what to make of the Holy See’s move to forestall the American bishops’ deliberations on the Catholic abuse crisis at the fall USCCB meeting? One might hope it means that the Congregation for Bishops wishes to see a more fundamental reform in the hierarchical constitution of the Church: beyond necessary procedural changes, there must be a revolution in, and renovation of, Church order, to give pastoral charity a chance to have effect in this loveless realm of human… Read more

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