The Antics of the Turnips | Commonweal Magazine

Let us make the most of the little things in our everyday life, our ordinary life…. There is no need to do great things to become great saints. Making the little things great is enough. In the world, people waste many opportunities, but the world is distracting…. It is worth just as much to loveContinue reading “The Antics of the Turnips | Commonweal Magazine”

notes on translation & faith

As you may know, I’m currently working on my dissertation project, the first English translation of the collected writings of St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón. I’ve decided to trick myself into drafting it by conceiving of it as an especially long series of newsletters. To that end, if you’d like to follow my progress, you canContinue reading “notes on translation & faith”

from the diary of St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón on Holy Thursday

April 14, 1938Holy Thursday On this day, Holy Thursday, on which the Lord gathered his disciples and promised to remain with them forever, I too approached Jesus in my littleness, asking Him to remain with me, and welcome me at His table, and allow me to live with Him, and to follow Him everywhere likeContinue reading “from the diary of St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón on Holy Thursday”

St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón on prayer

I imagine all humanity in a great valley…immense and filled with sunlight. All people are in it, coming and going, moving and shouting… God is atop a mountain, from which he reigns over the valley, which is more immense than the sea… The men and women who are in it see the summit of theContinue reading “St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón on prayer”

«si mirásemos un poco hacia ese Dios abandonado…»

I have been immersing myself in the life and writings of St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón (1911–1938), the first Trappist saint, and perhaps the only non-martyred saint who died during the Spanish Civil War. I will confess that when I learned about Rafael from a friend at a nearby monastery—a Trappist, you guessed it—those dates madeContinue reading “«si mirásemos un poco hacia ese Dios abandonado…»”

On Eternal Health by Teresa de Cartagena

To what supper does my suffering strive to bring me? I believe without a doubt that it is the one of which it is written: “Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.” My translation of Teresa de Cartagena, a deaf Cistercian nun of Jewish heritage, writing in Spanish circa 1481. On EternalContinue reading “On Eternal Health by Teresa de Cartagena”