Seven Quick Takes, Vol. 7: Procrastination Edition

6 years ago with 35 comments
1 – Excuse #1 I didn’t write anything last week because I spent most of the day at [a high school] in Rhode Island, a Catholic all-boys’ school where I was invited as a guest speaker to four theology classes, all composed of juniors and seniors. It was great fun to put my teaching hat back on — teaching, I maintain, is a branch of performance art — and I was ...

What Makes the Heart Burn

6 years ago with 12 comments
I just finished reading Pope Francis’ big interview. I’m not planning to comment on the Pope’s liberalism or conservativism or whatever. He’s profoundly orthodox and profoundly human, and I’m very glad for both. Since most people are not going to have time to read the whole thing, here is my collection of favorite excerpts. I tried to stay away from the bits that ...

7 Quick Takes: Esfuérzate y Sé Valiente

6 years ago with 17 comments
1—It’s my writing day, and that’s a good day, but frankly, I’m in a lot of pain. These road bumps come and go, and I know better than to try reinterpreting my whole life in the light of how I happen to feel today, but today I happen to feel really awful. It’s like those days when you lie in bed shaking with the flu and you just think, “Gosh, I’d like ...

Francis

7 years ago with 8 comments
I don’t know anything about the man who used to be Jorge Mario Bergoglio and is now Pope Francis. I don’t know if he’s fit to lead the Church, or if he’s as humble as they say, or if he’s the right man for this particular time in history. I just know I really like him. Maybe it was because he somehow made me stare for ages, first at a chimney, then at a door, ...