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May 22, 2020

Imagine for a moment that you’ve been taken back in time to 312 AD. Picture the scene: you’ve arrived in the evening, and find yourself upon the banks of the m...

May 5, 2020

I'd suggest that the Beatitudes (Mt. 5:3-12) are as much a description of those who have gathered around Jesus to hear his teaching as they are a general pronou...

February 11, 2020

Maybe the reality that a large swath of Christians (and I’m certainly guilty of this too) identify with only the “good guys” in Scripture (and therein ignore the...

August 24, 2019

I watched the movie Dune yesterday. I had seen it many years ago and read the novel, but I had forgotten the plot. It is the story of a messiah, a man born with...

May 16, 2019

If I were to venture a guess as to the most commonly confessed passion that I hear in confessions, I would say that it is anger. Just about everyone is angry.

February 15, 2019

Just hours before his crucifixion, at prayer in the presence of his disciples, Jesus told his Father that he was no more of this world but that those whom he...

January 15, 2019

In recent years, I’ve noticed that when people are controlled by fear, they are typically truly afraid of only a shadow on a wall. This is especially true when those who have been “othered” cast these shadows and are therefore...

December 26, 2018

“Bethlehem has opened Eden: come, let us see.” (Orthodox Kontakion of the Nativity) After his brief historiographical preamble, St. Luke begins his gospel acco...

November 9, 2018

“Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much