Teach me to love like you love

Jonny Diaz released a song on “More Beautiful You” called “Love Like You Loved.” While neither this post nor the prayer that I said early last week were inspired by his song (sorry, Jonny), it is a great theme song for the point of this reflection. If you haven’t heard the song, I encourage you to go have a listen. Honestly, there’s a lot from him that’s worth listening to, but I digress. (No, I do not work for Jonny Diaz or even know him. Save for meeting him once at one of his concerts as a lowly fan-boy, I’ve not even met the man. He is from my hometown, though, which gets him some bonus points.) Continue reading “Teach me to love like you love”

Reflections inspired by Archbishop Hughes’ Penance Service

It seems appropriate that I’m looking back and writing these reflections today. Several of my brother seminarians, some dear friends, and a few of my kids are in Washington DC for the March for Life. It is appropriate that we reflect on penance and repentance as we look back on what is one of the darkest “rights” to ever have been granted citizens in the United States, a “right” that, at the same time, negated the most basic right of another group of people. Continue reading “Reflections inspired by Archbishop Hughes’ Penance Service”

My first retreat as a seminarian

Well, I went on a retreat last week. It was a different retreat than I’ve ever been on before. This was a preached retreat, but, other than the preaching itself (and Mass, Office, etc), the retreat was in silence. So I was basically in silence from Tuesday evening until Saturday night. That was a challenge at many points, but it was also illuminating. It proved a wonderful transition into the deeper spiritual life of the seminary. In this post, I want to share some of my thoughts and a few excerpts from my journal on the retreat. It may be a bit disjointed. I’m not sure there’s an elegant way to weave all of them together without wasting piles of space trying to artificially link things together. Continue reading “My first retreat as a seminarian”

Arrived and unpacked… mostly

Well, I arrived at the seminary on Friday morning. I left Red Boiling Springs Thursday just before noon, and spent the night in a Motel 6 in Slidell, LA before driving the last half hour or so Friday morning. I had to spend the night so close just because I had to arrive at the seminary during business hours to get in. Now, though, I have a key, and I know my way around, so I can come and go as I please – although I don’t do much coming or going. Continue reading “Arrived and unpacked… mostly”

Friday 5 Monday – Labor Day Edition

1. What are the coolest and ugliest tattoos you’ve ever seen?

I’ve never been the greatest tattoo fan. The coolest would have to be in idea rather than in actual appearance. I have a friend who was starting a new chapter in life and leaving some stuff behind her. She got a character representing the past (it was a hebrew letter – I don’t actually recall the letter or the symbolism beyond). The reason I found it interesting is that she had the tattoo put on the sole of her foot so she was literally walking on the past. I found that to be interesting. For ugliest, I don’t really have an answer. Like I said, since I’m not really a tattoo guy, I have never paid attention. Continue reading “Friday 5 Monday – Labor Day Edition”