Being Catholic online — problems and possibilities

Is there a theology of social media? Our sacramental tradition values our bodily natures and the material substances of wine, bread, oil, and water. Social media seem to overlook our bodies, instead drawing us into an abstract world of words and images.

Love, plain and simple

I’m a huge fan of simplicity. Just tell me what I need to know, and I’m good to go; show me what I need to do, and I’ll get it done. Tell me simple truths, and I’ll let them sink into my heart.

Birth of Mary, Mother of God

The Nativity of Mary celebrates both Mary as uniquely ordinary and her birth as a complete shift in history. Depictions of this moment are not generally flanked with adoring kings and heralding angels like the birth of her son would see. Rather, her birth is one adorned in the silence and veil of the ordinariness of life.

Want to do well in school?

Here’s a tip for any students you know who want to do well in school: Keep the third commandment. Tell them to remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Renewal begins with me

During Mass recently, I was struck during the psalm response taken from Psalm 34, “taste and see the goodness of the Lord.” The Pennsylvania Grand Jury report had just been released recording the many abuses in the Catholic Church and I was far from tasting and seeing the goodness of the Lord.