On life lately

  Whew, friends, it's been awhile since I put some honest words on this blog. I've been in a bit of a non-writing season as of late. For whatever reason, I just haven't felt like writing. I've been stumped on what to write, and even when I do think I have an idea, it usually …

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When words don’t come: on prayer and writing

I'm currently involved in a program with my parish called Called and Gifted. It was developed by the Catherine of Siena Institute and it's designed to help lay people discover their spiritual gifts (called "charisms") so they can better put themselves at the service of God and the Catholic Church. The program runs for several …

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What I’ve learned from spiritual darkness and dryness

Awhile back I wrote extensively on a long period of spiritual darkness that I went through for a few years. This past Advent I wrote a reflection borne from another darkness. The crushing interior sense of God's absence, the difficulty praying and going to Mass, the fear that your relationship with God isn't what you …

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About that desolation that I sometimes write about…

  I’ve mentioned a few times on this blog that I went through a period of desolation* a few years ago. I’ve vaguely written about how God’s presence seemed hidden from me during that time. But I’ve never gotten too deep into what exactly that looked like and how hard it actually was. (*Disclaimer: I …

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The art of being little II, or Humility continued

Most days my missionary community prays Liturgy of the Hours in the morning and at night. If you're unfamiliar, Liturgy of the Hours is a way of praying with the scriptures that priests and religious communities, as well as many lay people, pray at prescribed times during the day. Wednesday's night prayer concludes with a …

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Mary Magdalene and Mumford & Sons: I’ll know my name as it’s called again

One of my favorite moments in the Gospels occurs in John's account of Jesus' post-Resurrection encounters. It's when Mary Magdalene meets the Risen Lord. She finds that Jesus' body is no longer in the tomb and begins to weep, fearing that someone has stolen His body. As she is crying, Jesus comes to her, though …

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