“Not theory, but testimony.”

Today we need prophecy, but real prophecy: not fast talkers who promise the impossible, but testimonies that the Gospel is possible. […] It makes me sad when I hear someone say, ‘We want a prophetic Church.’ All right. But what are you doing, so that the Church can be prophetic? We need lives that showContinue reading ““Not theory, but testimony.””

working trees together

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is dismissed in his hometown. “Is he not the carpenter?” That he is. I’ve been complaining to him a lot lately about having to spend all day every day staring at page after screen, consuming massive amounts of data on the Spanish literary canon so I can pass my comps at the endContinue reading “working trees together”

“In loving you, what do I love?”

In loving you, what do I love? No physical beauty, no temporal glory, no radiancy of light that commends itself to these eyes of mine; no sweet melody of songs tuned to every mode, no soft scent of flowers or of ointment or of perfumes, no manna, no honey, no limbs that can receive corporalContinue reading ““In loving you, what do I love?””

A new icon of Blessed Laura Vicuña

bagelsaremyfriends-deactivated2: A commission of Blessed Laura Vicuña for @catherineaddington! This posed an interesting challenge but I am sataisfied with the results. I recommend reading her story—she was a very inspiring girl who I hope makes it to canonization! I am so grateful for @baglette’s beautiful portrait of Bl. Laura, who has become one of myContinue reading “A new icon of Blessed Laura Vicuña”

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”

Saint Margaret of Cortona

Saint Margaret of Cortona artist unknown (if you own this image or can find the source, contact me!) I recently used Jen Fulwiler’s Saint’s Name Generator to find a patron saint for the coming year. (I last did this in 2017, when I met the wonderful Bl. Sára Salkaházi.) For 2019, providence and the algorithmContinue reading “Saint Margaret of Cortona”

“This is the person Christ has loved in loving you”

More than others you can be compared to the Church. When you are in your room, then, at night, think always on Christ, and wait for his coming at every moment. This is the person Christ has loved in loving you, the person he has chosen in choosing you. He enters by the open door; heContinue reading ““This is the person Christ has loved in loving you””