praying with anxiety

One of the spiritual benefits of an anxiety disorder is that “pray without ceasing” actually seems kind of doable. You just have to trick yourself into it. If you have a brain like mine you know it’s really loud in here. There’s just constant chatter. This is generally characterized as an “internal monologue,” but like manyContinue reading “praying with anxiety”

Christ’s Body, Christ’s Wounds

I was honored to contribute to this anthology out today from Cascade Books (paperback / Kindle). What I love about this anthology is what it’s not: it’s not a how-to manual, a polemic meant to shame your longing for justice away, an apology for abusers, or an exploitative collection of scandals. It’s just stories of peopleContinue reading “Christ’s Body, Christ’s Wounds”

“State openly that you desire to be devout.”

State openly that you desire to be devout. I do not say that you should assert that you are devout but that you desire to be devout. Do not be ashamed to practice the ordinary, necessary actions that bring us to the love of God. Acknowledge frankly that you are trying to meditate, that youContinue reading ““State openly that you desire to be devout.””

on the feast of Saint Lucy

She rejected a man and he had her killed. The year was 304. She was twenty years old. This is all we know. This is all we know, but there are stories. He was her mother’s choice; they needed the money. She fled to the tomb of another girl who had been killed for rejectingContinue reading “on the feast of Saint Lucy”

Best of 2017

As in years past (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), here are some of the things I enjoyed this year (inspired by Eve Tushnet’s annual list). Best non-fiction read for the first time Christian Texts for Aztecs by Jaime Lara: an academic-press glossy-paged wonder of a history that involves feathered sanctuaries and sunburst monstrances and is the coffee-table bookContinue reading “Best of 2017”

veni, sponsa Christi

Veni sponsa Christi, accipe coronam quam tibi Dominus praeparavit in aeternum pro cujus amore sanguinem tuum fudisti et cum Angelis in paradisum introisti. Veni, electa mea, et ponam in te thronum meum quia concupivit Rex speciem tuam. Come, bride of Christ, receive the crown which the Lord has prepared for you for all eternity; forContinue reading “veni, sponsa Christi”

Against Moral Austerity

The focus here on the dignity of the human person can be the moral basis of an egalitarian, pluralistic politics. It is why the religious left should really be left. And it holds out the deepest reason that should be so: the hope for an anti-meritocratic politics. … This basic moral posture means viewing peopleContinue reading “Against Moral Austerity”

É só trabalho/It’s just work [PT/ENG] – mandajobs #5

Academia conceives of itself as a vocation and articulates itself as an identity:—“What do you do?”—“I’m an academic.” “I’m a professor.” All nouns, never verbs. Imagine this instead:—“What do you do?”—“I teach and I write.”  Better, no?  Americans, in particular, are known for our ridiculous relationship with work. That infamous “Protestant work ethic” mixes withContinue reading “É só trabalho/It’s just work [PT/ENG] – mandajobs #5”

“we’re never going to be just one thing”

Embracing a hyphenate identity is not just a self-defense mechanism — it’s a smart career decision. Back in my finance days, my colleagues would frown when they interviewed people with vibrant lives outside of work. They assumed that creative hobbies, side businesses, and web projects would prevent a person from dedicating 100% of themselves to their job.Continue reading ““we’re never going to be just one thing””