sacraments

A Story from the Bar

A search for the Ward 8, Boston’s most famous cocktail, leads to an authentic encounter with an old man at the bar. Sometimes it’s the stories that we’re seeking and the people who tell them.

Catholic Mass & Time Travel

With the start of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, I got thinking about time travel and how the Catholic Mass is literally a time machine of sorts. I remember when I was living as a Jesuit at Georgetown University when an old Jesuit priest gave a captivating presentation about the […]

Liturgy & The Spiritual Exercises

Italian-born priest Fr Romano Guardini felt the Spiritual Exercises had an anti-liturgical bias. Indeed, Jesuits have been seen as anti-liturgical, or at least careless about the liturgy. In truth, the treasury of the Society of Jesus holds the liturgy with great importance and the Exercises mesh well with Catholic liturgy, […]

Ritual at Death

The other morning I got myself out of bed to go to a 9am weekday Mass at a local church just a few minutes from where I live. When I got there I noticed there was a cantor and organist present. Odd, I thought, for a daily Mass. As the […]

Giving up Catholicism for Lent?

Last Lent you may have seen Stephen Colbert’s bit on Ash Wednesday (see the video at the bottom). The broadcast opens on Colbert with ashes on his forehead. “The ash on my forehead is a Christian symbol of sacrifice, penance, and mortality,” he began. “It’s basically the hand-stamp for God’s nightclub.” The focus […]

Reflection on Being Chosen

The following is a reflection I gave to my Jesuit community on 6 September 2011. Readings: Colossians 2:6-15; Luke 6:12-19 I was struck the other day when we were reminded that it was not we who chose to be here. We did not choose to live with one another or […]