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Overcome with Paschal Joy

Happy Easter. It was a long and arduous Lent. Now we have just finished this 8 day celebration of one day and an entire celebration of one event. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. I don't know about you, but this gets me super excited. I just want … [Read more]

Writers Read and Readers Write

A friend of mine has a blog by the title of Writers Read and Readers Write. That phrase has stuck with me since she started it. I want to affirm her statement as true. The past six months have been the driest time for me in reading since I willing … [Read more]

The Best Books Read in 2014 no. 8

Looking over the whole list, this year was a year of non-fiction. Only three novels top the year. #8 is a sort of hybrid. Otto Penzler, at least at the time of the publishing of the soon to be mentioned book, was the operator of a mystery/detective … [Read more]

The Best Books Read in 201 no. 9

Part of the reason I read fewer books this year is that I took on two massive books of near to or over a thousand pages, the first of which shows up in today's #9 spot. Due to HBO, popular culture is well aware of George R.R. Martin's A Game of … [Read more]

Best Books Read in 2014 No. 10

So it's been a long time since I've been on here. I took an unannounced leave of absence for no particular great reason, but for those of you who are still reading this blog, I am back and hope to be producing more regular content. To that end, it's … [Read more]

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]