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”

reserved for pilgrims climbing on their knees

Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal Montréal, Québec, Canada At Christmas, we celebrate God becoming man—the bishop pointed at the doors at the back of the church—and at Pentecost, after Ascension, we celebrate man becoming divine, he said, pointing now at the communion rail. And this is our Catholic Christian life, he went on. Jesus opens theContinue reading “reserved for pilgrims climbing on their knees”

Cementerio Británico, Buenos Aires

 Cementerio Británico, Buenos Aires 9 de mayo del 2015 That’s the first Orthodox cross I ever saw on a grave. On either side of an austere Anglican chapel holding court in Chacarita are rows and rows of these three-bar crosses, poking out into the leaves in memory eternal. They stud the British cemetery in BuenosContinue reading “Cementerio Británico, Buenos Aires”

here’s where I spend my nights

…and a fair amount of my days. (Ask and ye shall receive!) I love the color green of this room. It is that fifties-pastel gloss I used to make by covering my slate in chalk as a child. It’s a well-loved sidewalk’s color. It’s nice to wake up to, and to surround yourself with beforeContinue reading “here’s where I spend my nights”

“en cualquier rincón del mundo”

In any cemetery there are those whose famous names draw awkward pilgrimage, whose stature invites stares but whom you’re hardly sure you want to venerate or even know how. These are the authors and the presidents, the generals and the artists, the poets and the founders, the popular saints in every sense but the importantContinue reading ““en cualquier rincón del mundo””

TINO-TINO-TINO! PA-LE-STI-NO-DE-CHI-LE!

CD Palestino vs Santiago Wanderers Estadio Municipal La Cisterna, Santiago de Chile (x) “Porque de Oriente nos llega la luz.” That’s the motto of Club Deportivo Palestino, a first-division soccer team based in Santiago de Chile — a Spanish translation of ex oriente, lux. As a rule, I happen to agree. I was one ofContinue reading “TINO-TINO-TINO! PA-LE-STI-NO-DE-CHI-LE!”

las vértebras enormes de los Andes

Cordillera de los Andes between Mendoza, Argentina and Santiago, Chile (x) In my country we have a long tradition of running west. The slight problem with this is that there is always more west to run to, and so we stretch our maps. We have a hunger for big sky and rocky grandeur. But thenContinue reading “las vértebras enormes de los Andes”

Holy Saturday

While Christ lay dead the widowed worldWore willow green for hope undone:Till, when bright Easter dews impearledThe chilly burial earth,All north and south, all east and west,Flushed rosy in the arising sun;Hope laughed, and Faith resumed her rest,And Love remembered mirth.  “Easter Even,” Christina Rossetti (x) It is hard for me to accept that itContinue reading “Holy Saturday”