death is before us

About a month ago, Sr. Theresa Aletheia, FSP put a skull on her desk as a way to keep #mementomori at the forefront of her daily life. On day 22, she wrote: “By keeping my death always before me I’m not looking at death, I’m looking *through* my death to God.” Death has been beforeContinue reading “death is before us”

Como atrapar al universo en una telaraña

Tomás Saraceno’s Como atrapar al universo en una telaraña installed the world’s largest spider web in the second floor of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires. And it’s breathtaking. Literally, they tell you when you enter que es prohibido soplar. The delicate silk threads are separated from museumgoers by courtesy alone. It’s vivifying,Continue reading “Como atrapar al universo en una telaraña”

creativity metaphysics on Doughty Street

London is such a compost pile of history that it is not particularly impressive to say a thing like I used to be neighbors with Charles Dickens, because who isn’t somebody’s neighbor in London, and who isn’t somebody’s neighbor anywhere, anyway? But when I lived a few blocks from that little house-museum, I lived anContinue reading “creativity metaphysics on Doughty Street”

Julia Flanders, “Time, Labor, and ‘Alternate Careers’ in Digital Humanities Knowledge Work”

My first job in the academy, as for so many people, was as a graduate teaching fellow. … My pre-tax income for the academic year was $12,500, and my formal work responsibilities were to prepare and teach two undergraduate writing courses of my own design. The time commitment for my teaching responsibilities was assumed toContinue reading “Julia Flanders, “Time, Labor, and ‘Alternate Careers’ in Digital Humanities Knowledge Work””

A Helpful Homily

Traducción al español abajo “Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” daily readings I know what you’re thinking: “He’s going to talk about vocations. Blah, blah, blah.” Yeah, fair enough. Because “vocation” is actually not a very helpful word—other than theContinue reading “A Helpful Homily”

notes from bible study

garden of eden as space, as divine architecturethis tree is not an evil temptation tree, it’s a sacred siteit is a physical site of contact between God’s law and man’s earthit is beautiful, it is creation, it is God’s, of course it is beautifulyou don’t eat of it because it is not yours, it isContinue reading “notes from bible study”

omnes sancti confessores

When I was in seventh grade, or whatever year we drove to visit a friend of a friend who was a nun in the Bronx, I grew momentarily obsessed with the martyrs of Japan. I remember this because it was raining and there was traffic and I had in my lap this sky-blue encyclopedia ofContinue reading “omnes sancti confessores”

Blessed Sára Salkaházi

Foto: BoldogSalkaháziSára on Facebook My patron saint for 2017 is Blessed Sára Salkaházi. The first paragraph of her Vatican biography is more than forthcoming about the providence involved: Teacher, bookbinder, milliner, journalist: this was the resume of Sára Salkaházi when she applied to join the Sisters of Social Service, a Hungarian religious society that todayContinue reading “Blessed Sára Salkaházi”