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”

“Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture”

There’s a lot to be said for the Old Testament God. Tomorrow morning I will read at Mass from the book of the prophet Jeremiah: Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture, says the LORD. Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, against the shepherds who shepherdContinue reading ““Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture””

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”

in ictu oculi

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. in momento in ictu oculi in novissima tuba canet enim et mortui resurgent incorrupti et nos inmutabimur —1 Corinthians 15:52 One of the side effectsContinue reading “in ictu oculi”

Cartas de América #1: learning empathy from Mister Danger

The Anglo-American media smugly denouncing the latest disaster as evidence of socialist harakiri should know that Venezuelans are perfectly aware that Mister Danger isn’t the villain of Doña Bárbara. They know it’s a story about domestic demons, not imperialist ambitions. He’s there, but he’s a sideshow. They know this because they’ve read it. They knowContinue reading “Cartas de América #1: learning empathy from Mister Danger”

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”

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”

23 thoughts for 23 years

Well, #BlogEveryDayinArgentina went bust. But that’s alright. Habit-forming isn’t streak-keeping, it’s going back to work after a day of rest. When I set out to form habits, it’s always something discipline-oriented. Do Duolingo every day. Do yoga every night. Swipe it off my to-do list app and feel like a machine. But I’m not aContinue reading “23 thoughts for 23 years”

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”

on the move

A friend has a theory about Cracker Barrels. There can’t possibly be that many, so immaculately alike, Room-of-Requirement-esque in their ability to appear at the precise moment of need for sustenance on long stretches of green and gray nothing, providing exactly what every American didn’t know they were craving until they step in the door—butterContinue reading “on the move”