What I Learned at MD Anderson (Part I): The Power of Presence and Wrestling God

November 15, 2016

My heart broke a few times today, especially as I kept having to look reality in the eyes and admit the Truth: sometimes God gives us too much to handle. I was sitting there in a room full of people, half of them patients and half of them caregivers. I had just walked through multiple hallways and corridors to reach this one little room where my older brother digitally checked…


Free to Hope: The 2016 Election

November 8, 2016

I was standing in line today to cast my vote and was kind of overjoyed that there are still real people involved in this process of taking my name and checking my address off in a box.  I love that we can see today part of what it means to be human: the capacity to use the gift of our rational natures and to make a choice.   I must admit that my heart…


Soul-Sucking Jobs and the Rule of Life

September 22, 2016

“I don’t know what my work schedule will be like next week.” It makes me a little sad to hear this. At first, I didn’t think much about it, but as I encounter more people who sincerely desire to grow in their spiritual life but are feeling stuck, I am starting to evaluate it a bit more. And before I say much more, allow me to state plainly that I…


Do You Even Fast, Bro?

September 7, 2016

“Do you fast?” This is a question I sometimes ask of penitents. The answer is usually, though not always, some variation of “not really.” I usually follow that with another question: “Would you be willing to fast for your penance?” I must admit, I am pleased that the answer is generally “Yes, Father” and that it is often said with some level of enthusiasm. Perhaps I am imagining it, but…