The Lighter Side

The God of the Land

Have you noticed how many kinds and colours of fruits and vegetables there are? Our God is a god of the land. The natural world, the farms, the plants, are “thin” spaces where we can find God.

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.

Taking Out the Trash

When I saw a priest taking out the trash I was reminded that those kind of tasks are part of living an authentic Christ-like life. Why do we have this picture perfect image of priests? Just like us, priests have to take out the trash.

Like a Purple Sea Urchin

I was at an aquarium the other day and as I was peering into the tanks I saw the oddest of creatures: a purple sea urchin. As I stared at this creature, which by nature of creatures is living, I wondered what its purpose was—Why did God make it? Perhaps its purpose was to remind me of God.

Jesus the Bartender

“I have a few images of God. I’ve imagined God as a parent or a friend. I’ve thought of God the Artist when I see the beauty around me or a sky painted with the setting sun. I’ve also considered Jesus the Traveller when I’m on the road or the […]

The Heart & The Gut

I tend not to think about the bodily language we use to describe feelings. But feelings are just that, physical feelings occurring somewhere in our bodies. Let’s explore two such places: the heart and the gut.

I’m Not Boasting: A Psalm

Back when I experienced the 30-day retreat of Saint Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises one of my Jesuit classmates, Joshua, shared with us a poem he wrote during the First Week of the Exercises. The First Week is time to reflect on God’s love for us despite our sinfulness. It’s the kind […]