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The Camino de Santiago is Life

July 2, AD2018 0 Comments
The Camino de Santiago is Life

On July 2, 2014, I walked into Santiago de Compostela, the Camino de Santiago, completing five hundred miles of pilgrimage with great jubilance and much pondering. The final leg of the walk seemed anticlimactic; I imagined being greeted by frantic cheers and excited faces as a month of walking ended. Yet it was a normal […]

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The Experience of Pain and the Gift of Growth

May 11, AD2018 3 Comments
The Experience of Pain and the Gift of Growth

I sat down intending to write about joy.  It’s one of my favorite topics, and I’m rather fond of the emotion itself.  I’ll choose it any time, any day over so many other emotions, and make a practice of doing so regularly.  In thinking about the source of joy, though, I keep returning to the […]

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The Lonely Way of the Writer: A New Year’s Message for My Fellow Writers

January 12, AD2018 4 Comments
The Lonely Way of the Writer: A New Year’s Message for My Fellow Writers

Every January 1st, many of us decide to come clean with our personal struggles and make resolutions to better ourselves in the days ahead. In the spirit of this new year, I have my own confession to make: I often suffer from periods of sorrow and loneliness so profound that I sometimes wonder how I […]

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Happiness: The Sun on Our Heart

December 18, AD2017 1 Comment
Happiness: The Sun on Our Heart

This column is the second in a three-part series concerning ethics and human happiness. Restless Hearts In the previous installation of this series, we examined the nature of ethical inquiry. After thinking through the subject, it was concluded that the goal of ethical inquiry is to attain goodness, i.e., the immutable characteristic of all upright […]

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The Poetry of Molly McCully Brown: A Theology of Broken Bodies

October 30, AD2017 1 Comment
The Poetry of Molly McCully Brown: A Theology of Broken Bodies

Molly McCully Brown‘s The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded is a magnificent collection of poems, depicting the experiences of profoundly disabled persons who, shunned by mainstream society, are institutionalized and hidden from view. These are people whose bodies fail them so thoroughly they seem less than human. For Brown, these profound disabilities reveal how […]

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To Love Is To Keep Moving Forward

December 17, AD2015 2 Comments
To Love Is To Keep Moving Forward

“To love is to keep moving forward” – Pope Francis A little over a month ago, I went to see my friend Georgia in Colorado Springs. We stayed up late talking, watching silly movies, drinking wine and imagining what the future might hold in our careers and personal lives. We woke up that next morning […]

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The Importance of Showing Up

October 4, AD2015 2 Comments
The Importance of Showing Up

“Life means ‘getting our feet dirty’ from the dust-filled roads of life and history” – Pope Francis Last Tuesday, I had no intention of going to yoga. I was tired, a little moody, sore from the previous day’s practice, and convinced my evening should include nothing more than a glass of wine and sitting on the […]

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The Trees of Life

May 23, AD2015 2 Comments
The Trees of Life

  In the Bible, we learn the names of two trees in Paradise. One is the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which had fruit pleasing to the eye, but which also led to mankind’s downfall by partaking of it. The other tree we know as the tree of life, which had fruit on […]

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Joining the Fellowship: Catholic Lessons from Tolkien

May 4, AD2015 2 Comments
Joining the Fellowship: Catholic Lessons from Tolkien

Ragged stuffed animal and hidden depression as my constant companions, I discovered J.R.R. Tolkien during my awkward preteen years. My father, although never an enthusiastic reader, had finished narrating the golden purrings of Aslan, constant mutterings of Puddleglum, and gallant chirpings of Reepicheep in The Chronicles of Narnia. My two sisters and I gathered around […]

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Salvation: Waiting in the Aqua Room

June 27, AD2014 14 Comments
Salvation: Waiting in the Aqua Room

Have you ever had a problem believing in God, or with the beliefs of the Catholic Church? Or a problem with drink or drugs? I sure have.  “God, I Hate You!”  My descent into unbelief started at about age 13. My little sister, Maxine, was multiple handicapped, and had convulsions every few weeks. After witnessing […]

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