Ancient Wisdom for Trusting the Father

July 10, 2017

“Trust. Trust. Trust…” the priest says to me through the grill of the confessional. Why is trust so hard for us? And where do we turn to grow in trust? A new place that I have been looking is not new at all, but rather OLD… quite literally. We all love stories… otherwise binge-watching would not be the new national pastime. We get caught up in the stories—we want to…


Fake News + Real Presence

June 19, 2017

Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore  Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,  See, Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart  Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art. Seeing, touching, tasting are in thee deceived;  How says trusty hearing? that shall be believed;  What God’s Son has told me, take for truth I do;  Truth himself speaks truly or there’s nothing…


My Baby Sister and the Peacock

June 12, 2017

As the plane backs out of the Atlanta airport gate, I’m reminded (thanks facebook On This Day) that I was in this same airport exactly 4 years earlier about to embark on a fabulous pilgrimage (read: vacation) with my “second family” the Metrejeans. But this story really starts in 2012. I changed jobs, got unengaged, put an offer on a house, and travelled overseas for the first time all within…


Stirring Things Up, Part Deux

June 5, 2017

Pentecost was always a feast day that made a lot of sense to me. Growing up in southern Louisiana it would not be surprising at all to see 12 guys and their mama stumbling out of an attic appearing a little drunk even though it’s only 9 in the morning. After spending this week reflecting on Steven, I mean–the Holy Spirit (see Stirring Things Up, Part I), I stumbled upon…


Stirring Things Up

May 28, 2017

Okay, I have a confession… I’m already behind on my Holy Spirit Novena… you know, the O.G. Novena… the reason we pray novenas… the novena that calls to mind those original 9 days that Our Lady sat with her son’s bffs as they waited for the arrival of the Holy Spirit… yeah, that one. Already behind. It’s Day 3. My Sunday was a day like no other in my life… I…


The “Liturgical Option”

February 16, 2017

In some wings of the internet, a lot of talk has been going on in recent years about the Benedict Option.  The idea comes from a famous book on moral philosophy by Alasdair MacIntyre called After Virtue.  After spending a couple hundred pages talking about the disintegration of moral and ethical dialogue in the West, MacIntyre notes that the only hope for a savior who can restore some kind of sense…


Divine Aspirations and Active Contemplation

January 4, 2017

Ever heard of the Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales?  I’m reading it now and it really is a fantastic book for anyone looking to make a serious start (or restart) of their spiritual life. Combining practical tips with solid theology and great analogies, this book is meant to be a guide for ordinary people to begin to grow in holiness.  Really, the Universal Call to Holiness advocated by…


Ya’ Gotta Have Faith

December 27, 2016

This year, on Christmas day, if you were relying on trending news stories alone, you might think the most important thing happening in the world was that the lead singer of Wham, George Michael, had died at the young age of 53. Don’t get me wrong here, it’s sad that Michael died, especially on Christmas day, and especially so early.  I know he was a celebrity and that his death…


Daddy, How Did He Die?

December 15, 2016

As a father of three little girls (ages 5.5, basically 4, and 2.5), it’s not terribly often that I go to Mass on Sunday and am able to sit there, really concentrating, absorbing the liturgy, and just resting in the silence.  Much more common, for me, are trips to the back of the church so someone who swore they didn’t have to go to the bathroom can avoid an emergency just…