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Parker Duofold (or How a Pen Can Reveal the Unconditional Generosity of God)

In the previous part of my "pen" series, I reflected on the gift and the joy of writing letters. It has drawn me closer to a unique community of people who collect and use fin writing instruments. I have connected with one particular gentleman named … [Read more]

Reflections on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

When I started seeing people, famous or otherwise, taking part in the ALS Challenge. I thought it was a new social media fad, and in a sense, it still is. I went from some people to all kinds of people with all different understandings of the … [Read more]

Personal Correspondence (or My Story of Why I Write Letters)

I had a good friend as a young child. She and I would do everything together. We would play Ghostbusters and imagine catching ghosts in our respective house. We would play Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and fight off Shredder and the foot with the most … [Read more]

Christianity in a Post Religious Culture

Many scholars speak of the "Post Christian" world and ask how "religion" and "faith" should fit into this world. I think that these designations reveal the prejudices of such scholars. As a Christian myself, I think it much less provincial, and much … [Read more]

The Canonization of St. John Paul II (or the Joy in my Heart)

Divine Mercy Sunday was a crazy day. I celebrated mass at my parish at 7:30 am, and, then hurried over to the high school where I am chaplain to celebrate mass for the Dad's Club who park cars for the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. … [Read more]

Wonderland Un-Eclipsed (Or, the Best Play I’ve Seen in Years)

"‘In vain,’ I cried, ‘though you too touch The new time’s desecrating hand, Through all the noises of a town I hear the heart of fairyland.’"-GK Chesterton Last night, I was privileged to enter into fairyland in the heart of New Orleans. … [Read more]

Leading a Foodie Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

I don't really talk about food much on the blog, although it is a regular part of my daily conversation. I love food. I love to eat, and I love to cook. Neither of which have found themselves in my writing. I do often blog about my faith (I am a … [Read more]

Something Strange is Happening ( or the Descent into Hell)

Last year I think Daniel posted this. It is one of my favorite readings in the whole year for the liturgy of the hours. Christ will soon come in glory. From an ancient homily on Holy Saturday The Lord descends into hell Something strange is … [Read more]

Of Incense & Instagram (Or, Comparing the Medieval’s Lent to Our Own)

The Middle Ages is too often made the whipping boy of contemporary skepticism. We post-moderns hear all the time about how superstitious, rigid, prudish and pious the medievals were, and I believe it is because we like ignoring how silly, … [Read more]

Page CXVI Good Friday to Easter Review

I was introduced to Page CXVI by a Facebook post of this video (which you should watch right now).  I was intrigued by their style so, as can happen often with Youtube, I followed the link chain of all their videos. Their music was refreshing, … [Read more]