The innkeeper had no incentive to care about the exhausted and expecting couple. Caesar Augustus had called a census, and everyone within at least five miles of Bethlehem was either on their way in to be enrolled or on their way out. He was occupied with his own affairs; his inn was full. "Sorry," he… Continue reading No Room For You
On June 22-23, I had the privilege of participating in my first faith formation conference as a facilitator. It was a blast! I had students from high-school age to golden years, and their thoughtful questions and comments during our time together was as humbling and informative to me as I hope my courses were for… Continue reading Authentic Love and Morality Courses from the O’ahu Faith Formation Conference 2018
Note: This is an adapted portion of a conference session I am presenting this weekend. The session, in its entire context, will be up in the near future. In the beginning, we were created for love, by love, and in love. How do we know this? It says so, right in the beginning of Genesis!… Continue reading Questions on Sexuality? Complementarity is the Answer!
I am currently preparing to speak on two topics at a diocesan conference for the first time, ever! I'm a giddy mess of facts, anecdotes, and random tidbits of far-flung Church teachings that I am organizing as a coherent narrative for my audience. Oh, and one of the two topics is that perennial favorite: Catholic… Continue reading Teaching the Cardinal Virtues: All Fun, No Fuss
Long on my "need to read" list, I chose volume one of then-Pope Benedict XVI's Jesus of Nazareth for my Lenten reading, and finished it right after Easter began. The book shook me to my Church-nerd core, and I think my head exploded after every third page or so. For instance: offering evidence that Barabas… Continue reading Profound Quotables from BXVI’s “Jesus of Nazareth”
In the protective recesses of Yale's museum is an ancient fresco fragment. To the average eye it is humble in appearance: the outline of a woman, bending down to what seems like a well. The long-held belief, logically, is that the fresco depicts the Samaritan woman at the Well, from the Gospel of John,… Continue reading New Theories and Old Traditions
Happy Easter! It's that wonderful moment in the Liturgical year where churches around the US see members come out of the woodwork and actually go...to...church. Yay! Yay? For those of us whose butts are in the pews every week, Easter and Christmas are probably considered the most frustrating times of the year. It's a reminder of… Continue reading God Bless the C/E-ers!