3 years ago with 33 comments
We were at the karaoke bar. My other friends stepped outside for a smoke, and it was just me and E. in the booth. It wasn’t Easter yet, so she was still waiting to become Catholic. She still had lots of questions. She didn’t understand every last bit of it, she said, but she knew about the Eucharist. Hoping I wasn’t causing scandal, I told her that the Eucharist was the only ...
Hang Together

Hang Together

3 years ago with 71 comments
Somebody asked me the other day why Adoration is the one thing I can hold on to. Context for the question: I’m a hot mess. Without going into specifics, celibacy1 has not been exactly my forte lately. There was a guy,2 and now there isn’t. And although in some ways it ended extremely well, and although a decade and a half of now done darkness3 taught me how to keep a pretty even ...
Full Circle

Full Circle

4 years ago with 17 comments
Dear Amy,1 Thanks for asking about this. The idea of “offering things up” is actually pretty central to my understanding of Christianity, and I’m happy for an opportunity to talk about it. I don’t remember where I first heard of the idea, but I think it has its basis in one of St. Paul’s letters — let me look it up — it’s Colossians 1:24. I ...

To Whom Shall We Go?

5 years ago with 14 comments
From today’s Gospel: From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” – John 6:66-68 “To whom shall ...

Give Your Heart

6 years ago with 2 comments
Today’s Gospel1 starts with Jesus going off to hide and be alone so he can process the death of his friend and cousin. But he arrives at his prayer-place — maybe it was his favorite spot, maybe it was where he always went in times of deep distress, to be alone with the Father — to find it overrun with people clamoring for his attention: heal us, help us, give us what ...

Talk 2: The Eucharist

7 years ago with 6 comments
Here it is — my second Idaho talk. Edited a little more heavily this time: I didn’t take out any content, I just took out the parts where I said “um” repeatedly, or made a lot of stupid mouth noises because I couldn’t remember what I was going to say, or paused for several seconds for no reason. This is mainly vanity, but I rationalize that at least it ...