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”

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”

Save the People

When wilt thou save the people? O God of mercy, when? Not kings and lords, but nations! Not thrones and crowns, but men! Flowers of thy heart, O God, are they; Let them not pass, like weeds, away, Their heritage a sunless day. God save the people! Shall crime bring crime for ever, Strength aidingContinue reading “Save the People”

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”

God is faithful, and he will do it

Basilique Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada July 2016 This church is full of promises kept. Thessalonians always struck me as ferociously loving. He is faithful, and he will do it, Paul writes. Do what? I always forget, just dwelling on the character reference. He will sanctify you entirely; he will keep sound and blameless your spirit, soul, and body forContinue reading “God is faithful, and he will do it”

Saint Rita in Buenos Aires

Two years ago today I took this photo of the statue of Saint Rita, my parish’s patron, in the cathedral of Buenos Aires. It is the closest statue to the bishop’s chair, which so recently belonged to the man who is now pope. I am grateful, as a Christian, that I do not have toContinue reading “Saint Rita in Buenos Aires”

Best of 2015

As in years past (best of 2013, best of 2014), I’d like to share some of the things I enjoyed this year, based on Eve Tushnet’s annual list. Best non-fiction read for the first time The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia by James C. Scott The Book ofContinue reading “Best of 2015”