The love we deserve: Thoughts inspired by The Perks of Being a Wallflower

For several months, I have been asked to write a blog entry about the intersection between faith and media—movies, music, etc.—and I have been rolling it around in my head. Well, my dear reader(s), the day has finally come. I just returned from watching the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which I do recommend if you can watch it. It just reiterated a thought that has been growing in me for even longer. That is, if we look for it, there is no activity, movie, music, or encounter that cannot and will not, if we let it and look for it, deepen and strengthen our faith and give us fodder for reflection on God. There used to be a ad campaign for some bank or other that questioned things like, “What can riding a motorcycle teach us about investing?” If we can learn about investing from random parts of life, how much more we can learn of Truth! Continue reading “The love we deserve: Thoughts inspired by The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Scene from an abortion clinic

I received this as part of the 40 Days for Life campaign this is going on this year. One of the professors here at the seminary has been praying outside one of the local abortion clinics for years, and he shared this story with our seminary community. Since, before entering the seminary, I spent such a long time working with teenagers, it truly struck a chord with me. Sadly, I could picture many of my kids in this story. It’s not that I think any of them are bad or even make bad decisions, but I constantly wonder if we, as the adults, have shown the kind of support they would need in this sort of situation to find the strength—both in themselves and in Christ—to get through what I have little doubt would be among the most frightening and difficult experiences of their lives. Continue reading “Scene from an abortion clinic”

A Poem from St. Thérèse of Lisieux – To Live of Love

St. Therese

This is a poem written by St. Thérèse. I first found it in a book I am reading, Maurice and Thérèse that chronicles a relationship in letters between the saint in her last years with a young seminarian who had written to Carmel asking for a sister to be devoted to praying for him. I highly recommend the book. Continue reading “A Poem from St. Thérèse of Lisieux – To Live of Love”


We get lunch at (insert your favorite fast food place here), and I throw away the paper my food comes wrapped in.
We write out an exam or a note using a 50¢ ballpoint pen.
Our television has a problem, so we drop it at the curb and visit the store for a new one.
We go into [chain coffee shop] for a latté, and (unless we beg otherwise), we are handed a paper cup full of coffee.
We walk through the lunch line (at least the one at the seminary during construction) and get our food on a plastic plate to be eaten with plastic utensils. When we’re through — you guessed it — those get dropped off in the garbage can. Continue reading “Disposable”