“God wants to speak to the world by your life”

My friend Peter asked Twitter today about our favorite encyclicals (and graciously let apostolic exhortations count too). This led me to reread my favorite, Gaudete et exsultate, which Pope Francis shared last year. As I’ve continued to immerse myself in the writings of St. Rafael Arnáiz, I’ve continued to struggle with his words and actionsContinue reading ““God wants to speak to the world by your life””

St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón on prayer

I imagine all humanity in a great valley…immense and filled with sunlight. All people are in it, coming and going, moving and shouting… God is atop a mountain, from which he reigns over the valley, which is more immense than the sea… The men and women who are in it see the summit of theContinue reading “St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón on prayer”

«si mirásemos un poco hacia ese Dios abandonado…»

I have been immersing myself in the life and writings of St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón (1911–1938), the first Trappist saint, and perhaps the only non-martyred saint who died during the Spanish Civil War. I will confess that when I learned about Rafael from a friend at a nearby monastery—a Trappist, you guessed it—those dates madeContinue reading “«si mirásemos un poco hacia ese Dios abandonado…»”

the feast of the Presentation

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. HeContinue reading “the feast of the Presentation”

Roma is bad and I promise to only blog about it once

I saw Roma a month and a half ago (I remember it was St. Lucy’s day), and I haven’t rewatched it since, so I won’t pretend to be comprehensive here. Or fair, really. I don’t think it demands sincere engagement, since everything about it screams steer clear of anything below the surface. Carmen Juares Palma,Continue reading “Roma is bad and I promise to only blog about it once”

Saint Margaret of Cortona

Saint Margaret of Cortona artist unknown (if you own this image or can find the source, contact me!) I recently used Jen Fulwiler’s Saint’s Name Generator to find a patron saint for the coming year. (I last did this in 2017, when I met the wonderful Bl. Sára Salkaházi.) For 2019, providence and the algorithmContinue reading “Saint Margaret of Cortona”

Strategic Inefficiency

This is one version of strategic inefficiency: how some are relieved from doing the work that would slow their progression. And, of course, others then inherit that work. That some people end up being given more administrative work because they are more efficient might seem so obvious that it does not need to be said.Continue reading “Strategic Inefficiency”