Prayer Works

I’m going through old, old papers from my time at Our Lady of the Lake University when I was working on my BS in Religious Studies (with a minor in philosophy, of course!). I remember heading to the computer lab to work on these (sometimes at the last minute!), and, while I’m sure I had […]

Presence and Thanksgiving in the Time of COVID-19

My diocese, along with every other diocese in the United States, has halted the public celebration of Holy Mass for the foreseeable future. That is, priests, either accompanied by a deacon or alone, are still celebrating Holy Mass in the privacy of their parish or chapel, but without any parishioners in attendance (following the CDC’s […]

The Ways of Prayer

He worships while he grooves, she prays and barely moves, but they’re both reflecting pure devotion. – Strong Love by the Newsboys I was a sophomore in college in 1992, the year the Newsboys released their Not Ashamed album. I loved the techno-pop, Jesus Jones feel of their music, and the lyrics of many of […]

Unsystematic Echoes

The meaning of life is to see. – Hui Neng, 7th Century If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration, but timelessness, eternal life is theirs who live in the present. – Wittgenstein It is not because of impermanence that we suffer, but because of our ideas of permanence. – Thich Nhat Hanh […]

Diocesan Youth Conference – Spiritual Tool Box

The glory of God is man fully alive. ā€“ Irenaeus Attention should be paid to the various types of websites, applications and social networks which can help people today to find time for reflection and authentic questioning, as well as making space for silence and occasions for prayer, meditation or sharing of the word of […]

Lectio Divina

I have theĀ privilegeĀ of teaching the Catholic faith to middle school students at my school (through daily religion class and seasonal retreats), as well as high school students and adults around our diocese (through my parish, through the Catholic School Office, and through the San Juan Diego Institute). One of my favorite ways to pray with […]

Disturb us, O God

I used a prayer by Sir Francis Drake for our staff meeting this past Wednesday. As much as I like the prayer (I was quite excited when I found it, and doubly so to share it with my peers, mostly because it’s such an interesting quality to ask for – disturbance instead of peace), I […]