My name is Andy Otto. For two and a half years I was a Jesuit in the Society of Jesus. It has informed and transformed my life. I have a BA in Communication and a minor in Psychology. I love travelling, swing dancing, Disney, and have lived in Boston, New York, DC, Jamaica, and Orlando.
Why is it that we can be so Puritanical about sex and our bodies? This can be a big problem where taboos and repression have a counter-effect that causes promiscuity, addiction, eating disorders, and the de-sanctifying of our bodies. The Bad Catholic blog examined the tensions between Puritanical sexual repression and the […]
The other day I saw a tease on the front page of the New York Times that pointed to an article about the Buddhist practice of mindful eating, paying attention […]
For the last two and a half years I was a Jesuit. The Society of Jesus has been around nearly 500 years and has been at the forefront of spreading the Good News of Jesus throughout the world. But the best part about the Jesuits is that part of this […]
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 […]
This is a reflection I was asked to give at our Jesuit community Mass on 22 February, the Feast of the Chair of St Peter. Click here to listen to an audio version. Readings: 1 Peter 5:1-4; Matthew 16:13-19 I was intrigued to learn that there is evidence that two […]
Part of the novitiate experience is preaching. I did a bit of that in Jamaica but in the novitiate the novices take turns giving a homily at on of the daily Masses on the readings of that day. My reflection below is on the readings for this Saturday, 8 October […]