August 15, 2018

I thought I’d leave a link to this moving homily by Bishop Massimo Camisasca of the Reggio Emilia-Gustallo diocese in the Italian province of Modena. It was addressed at a prayer vigil against homophobia which was held before the evening of Reggio-Emilia’s Pride parade. I was surprised by his ability to combine Francis-style compassion with gentle frankness about the Church’s moral teaching in a way that was organic and not forced. Most preachers seem to emphasize compassion over teachings, or… Read more

August 13, 2018

This is the fourth article in a series entitled “My Mediterranean Adventures” As I sip the last drops of my tinto de verano, the automatic mister sprays my face with room temperature water…a brief moment of relief in the afternoon heat of Andalucia. My knee starts bouncing up and down, and I look left and right for the waiter. “Where the hell is he?” I think to myself. My friend and I finished our tapas 5 minutes ago. I’m still waiting… Read more

August 6, 2018

This is the third article in a series entitled “My Mediterranean Adventures” I spent my first morning in Milan walking around the Cimitero Monumentale. Known for its elaborate headstones and mausolea, the Monumentale is the resting place of several well-known Milanesi and is frequented by locals and tourists. The juxtaposition of the morbid-yet-artistic ethos of the cemetery against the quickly modernizing city opened my eyes to some new postmodern *cracks*. Among the most ornate of the headstones are dramatic sculptures… Read more

July 30, 2018

This is the second article in a series entitled “My Mediterranean Adventures” I approached my third trip up to the Acropolis with a cynical boredom. As much as I appreciate “cultural visits” to artistic and architectural establishments, the ruins of Classical Greece and Rome never really did anything for me. My first trip there fourteen years ago was filled with a naive, instinctual excitement…I posed in front of the Parthenon emulating some generic ancient athlete, enthusiastically showing my friends the photos… Read more

July 26, 2018

I spent the last 4 weeks gallivanting about the Mediterranean and England. Mediterranean blood flows through my veins, so I had been longing for the opportunity to return to my roots after 5 years away from my Motherland. My passions for flavorful food, lively music, coffee culture, warm breezes, aesthetic beauty, and abundant leisure time often clash with the norms of the east coast American lifestyle that I’ve had no choice but to become accustomed to. The exhausting 9-5 work… Read more

July 4, 2018

When most people today think of a monastery, they envision a romantic, bordering on ethereal scene of hooded hermits floating around a dimly lit corridor toward a stoney church, preparing to chant eerily beautiful hymns to a hidden deity resting somewhere in the clouds. But the Middle Ages have passed, and real life monks have had adapt their centuries old traditions to the context of contemporary society. The landscape of postmodern geography make this work of aggiornamento a taxing task… Read more

July 1, 2018

  Obergefell’s new definition of marriage has been in place for three years now. Banking on the simple, sentimental catchphrase “love is love,” the gay rights movement has revolutionized the way Americans talk about human relationships, from the level of government all the way down to the level of high school prom committees. Even President Obama jumped on the “love is love” bandwagon after having originally opposed redefining the legal definition of marriage. How did this revolutionary shift in our… Read more

June 11, 2018

The hot summer months may be one of the least convenient times of year to be in the “capital of the world.” A city usually known for its glamour, culture, and iconic status, Manhattan becomes a chamber of exhaustion that sways between the poles of sweltering humidity amidst the bustle of the streets, and the environment degrading arctic blasts of the air conditioners on the city subways. A few times in and out of a subway during one of these… Read more

April 23, 2018

Not only is losing a loved one is inconvenient, but for the immediate family members, it’s expensive. The grief that loss generates can seem like yet another burden to deal with on top of the arrangements and calculations that need to be made. Especially for those who have absorbed the utilitarian and technocratic mindset du jour, it does little to make the process move along more efficiently. The inconveniences of bills and funeral arrangements are easier to deal with than… Read more

April 6, 2018

Originally published at Traces Online On Good Friday, Christians across the world commemorate Jesus’ journey carrying the Cross through the streets of Jerusalem by engaging in public “Way of the Cross” spectacles. The spectacles we put on in New York City, in my own humble opinion, are exceptional. We New Yorkers have an acute sense of what it means to be a people “on the way.” We are always in transit, whether it be to work, to see someone we… Read more

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