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Ross Poldark and the Beauty of Ordinary Time

I’ve recently begun to watch the BBC’s Poldark, a period drama set in the UK at the end of the 1700s.  The series follows Ross Poldark, whose family name gives him entry into the well-to-do of Cornwall.  But Ross, after fighting and nearly dying in the Revolutionary War, returns with a different view toward society.  Rather than follow the typical model his family expects, or moving away from Cornwall due…

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Freedom in the Forest

As I write this, I am in one of my favorite places in the world: Camps Kahdalea & Chosatonga.  It’s a pair of superb wilderness camps nestled in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Parkway at the edge of the Pisgah National Forest.  Staffed by an exceptional group of counselors, these camps take seriously the modifier “wilderness.”  They expose youth aged 8-18 to a wide array of adventurous activities from…

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Fake News + Real Presence

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…

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Pride, Prejudice, and… Eunuchs?

  So June is a big month for Catholics As you may know, it is the month of the Sacred Heart.  Some of the biggest and best liturgical feasts (excepting Easter) usually happen during this month.  The Trinity, Corpus Christi, The Sacred Heart (hence the month’s dedication), the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul (June 29), not to mention a whole host of other…

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My Baby Sister and the Peacock

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…

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Some Tips on Reading the Bible, From Augustine

This summer, I’m doing some heavy-duty reading.  That’s right, it’s time for comprehensive exams, PhD-style.  So over the next couple of months I’ve got a steady diet of around 1,000 to 1,200 pages a week to keep me on track.  This week, I have been reading mostly about St. Augustine and I thought I might share a few points he makes in his classic treatise, On Christian Doctrine. If you…

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Spiritual Direction by Copernicus

“A revolution!” they say.  “A tale of persecution and ignorance!” they cry.  Most people are familiar with the name Galileo.  Sadly, a great many of those people associate that name with the idea that the Catholic Church opposes science.  While the Church’s handling of the Galileo situation wasn’t perfect, the common narrative is far from correct.  And never mind the fact that it wasn’t Galileo’s discovery in the first place….

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Stirring Things Up, Part Deux

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…

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Pentecost: Our Call to be More Than Average

In the Acts of the Apostles, the reception of the Holy Spirit transforms a band of cowardly and confused followers of Jesus, who were hiding in a room with Mary and praying, into the most radical team of evangelists the world’s ever seen.  Immediately, they go out, speak in tongues and thus are able to have a universal dialogue with those gathered in Jerusalem. And after Peter preaches to the crowds,…

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A Pious Visit

Pentecost is almost upon us. It is the day when the Spirit was poured out on the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is the birth of the Church.  It is the beginning of our universal mission.  It is the reason for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  But, it is also the reason that we should love our country, our families, and all those joined to us in faith. Allow me…

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