Blog Posts from October, 2016

Called: The Friar

Mj 5 years later This newest installment was filmed during the summer of 2015, and shows what friars in formation can look forward to. While the first movie had a lot of shock value due to the focus on my conversion, and more importantly God’s mercy, this second movie stands to show how I have integrated that part of my life into being a young friar, and how conversion is an ongoing process. I am so humbled to share this next installment of our “Called” project that began about eight years ago! This newest film

“Flight or Fight” in the Pulpit

10252297305 336562d27c b The first reading for today’s Mass is one of those scriptures that many preachers (and readers) would just as soon avoid.  St. Paul’s admonition that “wives should be subordinate to their husbands out of reverence for Christ” is likely to make many in the assembly cringe—not only because it seems outdated in an age of increasing gender equality but also because this passage has too often been used to justify not only inequality but even abuse. There’s no getting around the fact that this phrase as well as Paul

“A State of False Intensity”

1280px-chess1984 studying organic chemistry In “Generation Adderall,” her article in the October 16 edition of the New York Times Magazine, author Casey Schwartz describes her decade-long addiction to a drug intended to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Millions of prescriptions for this form of amphetamine every year, and an illicit market has developed at many high schools, colleges and universities.  Like many addicts seeking to get free from the object of their dependency, Schwartz found her early weeks of recovery and withdrawal difficult.  But she also found something else: Even in those first faltering weeks, there were consolations. 

Revisiting Gaudet Mater Ecclesia

8512138066 d9f0289206 b St. John XXIII, Pope Today the Church celebrates the memory of St. John XXIII, who served as Pope for only five years (1958-1963).  It was on this date that Vatican II, the ecumenical council he was inspired to convoke, opened in 1962. It’s a good opportunity to read and reflect on Gaudet Mater Ecclesia, John XXIII's opening address to the Council.  While his speech certainly contains many concerns and expressions rooted in that time, much of it retains a prophetic freshness both for our Church and for the many challenges that our world faces