July 17, 2018
The Blackfeet are predominately Catholic, and overwhelmingly Christian besides- in other words they are a faithful people. Yet they face dire poverty with 70% unemployment. Alcohol and drugs have wreaked havoc upon their people with a disproportionate amount of young deaths, as well as ½ the children in Browning being born addicted.
Where is God’s grace in this place? Where is he when his people so badly need him? Why does he not come to their aid? These were some of the questions on our young people’s hearts as the trip began- and on my own heart. Yet as we came to know the Blackfeet people and saw their faith, suddenly Jesus seemed to be everywhere, and different questions arose in our hearts.
July 3, 2018
Our ten year reunion is an interesting moment. The gospel, which I think is fitting, is a meditation on Death and suffering: what do they tell us about living a meaningful life?
June 6, 2018
This Sunday is the feast of Corpus Christi, the body and Blood of Christ. There are multiple layers to this feast, each of which reveals an ever deeper and greater mystery. This feast, when all is said and done, concerns the humiliation of the eternal Son of God.
So, we must understand what exactly Jesus is doing here- without trying to level out what is mysterious. Because I must be clear: this is mysterious- the eucharist is truly the body and blood of Christ, it is not an empty sign, it's not just a symbol to remind us WE are the body of Christ.
May 14, 2018
We can imagine: not only will our intellect constantly penetrating the mysteries of God, the great heavenly feast in the book of Revelation will be brought to life- imagine perfect, heavenly food, in overflowing abundance. Will our favorite activities still exist on the new earth? I don’t see why we will not ski powder every day or have perfect trails with perfect dirt for mountain biking and stunning rivers with huge fish surrounded by pristine mountains.
Imagine the music in heaven: the greatest composers in history working with the greatest musicians, all in peak form with their minds unhindered by any ulterior motives and their work unhindered by time restraints and poverty. Imagine the art and the conversations, the greatest minds of all time to converse with. Most of all we will have true rest- peace. We will not be occupied with the cares of the world or the stress of day to day life.
May 3, 2018
In this fallen world, we all face incredible suffering, sometimes what seems like unbearable, deeply unjust suffering. In these moments we must remain on the vine, take up our cross with Christ and let him strengthen us, or we will inevitably isolate, grow bitter, and eventually despair. We must remain in Christ if we want to weather the storm of this life- not only to weather it but to be joyful in the midst of it.
April 25, 2018
After 250 years of fighting relentlessly for the common good, for the idea that there is indeed goodness and truth, we have abandoned that struggle and chosen instead to just tolerate each other. Of fear of the tension that comes with diversity has crushed us, sent us into hiding. As a result, our faith is privatized, and we are afraid to bring it to bear in the world.
In this we can learn a lesson from our jr. high kids. It’s refreshing how willing young people are to offend someone with a blunt question. Now, is there often a lack of prudence, and even at times plainly inappropriate? Yes, but there is something raw and good there, we must risk offending people in the pursuit of the truth, and we also must be willing to be offended! Political correctness has robbed us of this courage.
April 10, 2018
Gregory the Great tells us, “The unbelief of Thomas was worth more to us than the faith of the others who believed.” If we make that great act of humility, humbling our sinful pride and coming before Christ, we find ourselves transformed in faith as Thomas was transformed, as all the saints were transformed. And it is then that we have the capacity and the courage to bestow God’s mercy upon others.
April 2, 2018
When St. Francis came before the Crucifix in the San Damiano Church, he asked three questions: Who are you, Lord? Who am I? And what would you have me do? With these three questions on our minds and hearts, I would like to dig into the scriptures from this Easter Sunday.
March 30, 2018
I realized the great leap of faith in the priesthood is this: When we are ordained, we are taken up into the priesthood of Jesus Christ, and along with that of course comes all the love of those who love Christ and the Church, yet what also must come is all the rejection of those who rejected Christ. All of us as Christians are called to take upon ourselves the Cross of rejection and scorn. Yet the priest is called into Christ’s victimhood in a particular way, in order that we may enter into solidarity with the poorest and most rejected in this world.
March 27, 2018
It is easy to pass over Jesus entrance into Jerusalem without looking into the detail and complexity of what is happening. If we do this, we miss the great magnitude of the event. Jesus fulfills a handful of prophecies in this single act, let's take a look!