Advent: Jesus is in the room.

Many people have been reacting to the debate that recently occurred in the Oval Office between our nation’s political leaders.  What also got a lot of attention was the quiet presence of Vice President Mike Pence during this heated discussion.  A lot of humorous comments were made on social media and on the late night … Continue reading Advent: Jesus is in the room.

A Seminarian’s World Youth Day Pilgrimage

Walking.  Praying.  Beholding. Thousands of words could be written that would give a detailed account of the week-long pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day.  Instead, I want to offer some brief vignettes under the thematic words I have provided above.  My reflections will relate to how I experienced World Youth Day from the … Continue reading A Seminarian’s World Youth Day Pilgrimage

The Songs God Sings Over Us

"The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing     as on a day of festival." Zephaniah 3:17 (RSVCE) Have you ever imagined God singing?  Let's make things a little … Continue reading The Songs God Sings Over Us

When The (Impersonal) Force Awakens…

In the previous post we explored why post-Christian cultures have been drawn to the Star Wars myth concerning the religion of The Force.  You can read the first part by clicking here:  Part 1 Now in this final part I wanted to reflect on the most recent Star Wars movie that was released in theaters … Continue reading When The (Impersonal) Force Awakens…

Star Wars, The Force, and the God You’re Looking For

First, I have an open confession.  I have loved Star Wars since I was a child and watched George Lucas' original trilogy of films at home on VHS.  This was before they were "enhanced" and 'special' editioned.  I was so excited when the original trilogy was re-released in theaters in 1997, which was twenty years … Continue reading Star Wars, The Force, and the God You’re Looking For

The Cyrenian’s Cross

"As they were marching out, they came upon a man of Cyre′ne, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carry his cross." ~Matthew 27:32 Anyone.   It could have been anyone.    Of the faces in the crowd, there was one man among the many buried, with no visible burden he carried.  He had … Continue reading The Cyrenian’s Cross

Foxcatcher and The Two Cities

“The earthly city glories in itself, the Heavenly City glories in the Lord.”  ― Augustine of Hippo, City of God "I want to be the best in the World.  I want to win gold.  This is more than just some piece of medal.  It's about what the medal represents.  The virtues it requires to attain … Continue reading Foxcatcher and The Two Cities