Doomed to fail and I'm happy about that

IMG_6588As a rule, when someone picks a career path, they have a reasonable expectation – or at least a hope of success. On top of that, the systems to train and prepare people for some of the more difficult careers are designed in such a way that those who would be unable to successfully practice those professions are either weeded out during the preparation or denied entry in the first place. Continue readingDoomed to fail and I’m happy about that

A confirmation homily

confirmationHere’s the background on this one. I am working on my midterm exam for Sacramental Theology class on the Sacraments of Initiation. It is a take-home exam, and one of the questions asks me to write a homily for celebrating a confirmation. Now, the probability of me ever being a bishop or celebrating a confirmation Mass approaches zero, but it was an interesting assignment, and, since no one will ever hear me say this homily, I thought I’d share it for the world to read. Plus, it’s an easy way to get an extra blog post in this week! Win! Continue reading “A confirmation homily”

George Orwell and Jesus Christ

There are four lights! (Bonus points if you figured out from the post's featured image why I was using that and this picture. Answer is at the bottom.)
There are four lights! (Bonus points if you figured out from the post’s featured image why I was using that and this picture)

I’m a big fan of dystopian literature. One of the first dystopias I ever read was 1984 by George Orwell. I wish it were the first Orwell book I had read because I found Animal Farm painfully boring – but I digress. I should probably warn you, here, that there’s a bit of a spoiler in this post, so, if you don’t want to read a spoiler, then you probably don’t want to read this particular entry. Go ahead and stop right here and wait for the next post. I’m on a roll lately, so you won’t be waiting too long. Continue reading “George Orwell and Jesus Christ”

The fountain pen ritual How God can be seen in the most mundane of tasks

IMG_2411I not infrequently tell people of my belief that we can find analogs to the spiritual life all over everyday life if we keep our eyes open and take the time to reflect on them. I was chatting with one of the guys here at the seminary (a year or so ago now) and reflecting on how much I enjoy the ritual of filling a fountain pen. Initially, I was just waxing poetic about how pleasant the ritual is, but we realized as we talked that there’s an analog to the spiritual life to be found. Continue readingThe fountain pen ritual How God can be seen in the most mundane of tasks

The Quest: A reflection on priesthood

Don Quixote by Pablo Picasso
Don Quixote by Pablo Picasso

I am going to offer another reflection based on The Man of La Mancha. Sorry, it’s been on the swimming mp3 player for a bit. Anyway, during the story, as the residents of the inn at which Don Quixote takes up residence as his castle, he is asked to explain his quest. In musical theatre, a request for a explication of this sort almost invariably leads to a musical number. Don Quixote is no exception; he sets out with a challenging and beautiful song that lays out his quest, his vision of his knighthood. I realize that this song was so overplayed for a time, that for many it may be trite or cliché, but I think that, if we really take a moment to dig into what it’s saying, it is both real and very challenging. Within the context of the story, in fact, it is the quest that brings Don Quixote back from his final senile stupor for a final burst of strength before he dies. Continue reading “The Quest: A reflection on priesthood”

A plea to girls and women everywhere – Inspired by The Man of La Mancha

IMG_1638_Red“May I set the stage?”

I probably have alluded this before, but it came to mind recently. In case it’s interesting, I was doing my lap-swimming in the pool a few days ago, and I had decided listen to The Man of La Mancha while I was swimming (can I just point out that waterproof mp3 players are an awesome idea?). Continue reading “A plea to girls and women everywhere – Inspired by The Man of La Mancha”