May 19, 2020

The news of my friend Aris’ death immediately brought the memory of our last encounter to the forefront of my mind. I was sitting at the dinner table with him and his wife in their Upper West Side apartment, overlooking the George Washington Bridge and the bottom tip of the Bronx. It was two days before Christmas, and the conversation focused on my plans for the next semester. I told Aris that I was considering moving away from the area… Read more

May 7, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced us to limit contact with the world beyond our homes, and for those who can afford it, to quarantine themselves completely. As of now, this change of routine has no foreseeable end.  The uncertainty has thrown some into panic and paranoia. Others seek to distract themselves from the chaos, venturing into the less gloomy, more easily controllable virtual world of video games and social media. Still others are facing these times as an opportunity for… Read more

May 1, 2020

Millennials seem to have a knack for living inside our own heads. Being cooped up in one space for a prolonged period of time hasn’t exactly made this any easier. Taken out of my normal routine, my thoughts have started spiraling without the chance to be checked by the world outside my head.  The fact that now all of my work and interactions with people are mediated through some kind of technological device does little to break down the divide… Read more

April 16, 2020

By Guest Contributor Ian Schaefer  It was a steamy August day in New York when I first saw the statue of St. Rocco. The rain fell in a hazy mist that soaked through everything and added to the mystical feel of the encounter. The statue was wrapped in plastic to protect him from the rain. Around his shoulders was draped a red ribbon with dozens of twenty-dollar bills pinned to it. I was probably fourteen- or fifteen-years-old at the time… Read more

April 7, 2020

My latest on being a virtual teacher at Millennial Journal: The pope explained: “Teachers are the first ones who must remain open to reality-with minds still open to learning! For if a teacher is not open to learning, he or she is not a good teacher and isn’t even interesting; young people understand that, they have a ‘nose’ for it, and they are attracted by professors whose thoughts are open, ‘unfinished’, who are seeking something ‘more’, and thus they infect… Read more

April 4, 2020

Fr. Patrick (Paddy) Gilger SJ is a Jesuit priest of the Midwest Province. In addition to working as contributing editor for culture at America Magazine, he is pursuing a PhD in Sociology at the New School for Social Research. Fr. Paddy began what he thought would be a long term research trip to Italy at the end of February, only for his plans to be put on pause by the escalation of the Coronavirus pandemic. I asked Fr. Paddy a… Read more

March 31, 2020

In a matter of weeks, our worlds have been upended and reforged. Because of the Coronavirus, we now attend classes virtually and work from home–which are modifications that help us to maintain our typical schedules. But when we’re through with those responsibilities, we find ourselves still at home, with several hours left of our day, feeling boredom and hunger that no number of visits to our kitchen cabinets or pantries, or hours spent binging on our favorite Netflix TV shows… Read more

March 22, 2020

“Do you believe in God, doctor?” “No, but what does that really mean? I’m fumbling in the dark, struggling to make something out. But I’ve long ceased finding that original.” “Isn’t that it, the gulf between Paneloux and you?” “I doubt it. Paneloux is a man of learning, a scholar. He hasn’t come in contact with death; that’s why he can speak with such assurance of the truth, with a capital T. But every country priest who visits his parishioners… Read more

March 6, 2020

Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, better known as Bad Bunny, took the risk once again of dropping an album spontaneously. Chucking the conventions of album promotion out the window (as he also does with the conventions of gender and genre lines), he boldly announced on February 14th that he would shut down his Twitter until the release of the new album. It wasn’t until two weeks after when Jimmy Fallon asked him directly that he revealed that his second solo album YHLQMDLG… Read more

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