26 08, 2016

15° Sunday After Pentecost

By |2019-04-10T16:11:09+00:00August 26th, 2016|Podcasts, Sermons, Talks|

Who caused the crisis in the Church? I did. "I hereby commit to staying engaged with the suffering of the world, as long as I am alive and as much as I am able. I commit to this because on the cross no tear is cried in vain, no ache in the heart is unfruitful. If I will gaze, wide-eyed, at the suffering of the world AND lean in, I will begin to learn what it is to be human, and I will see Jesus. And there is no other way of being a Christian for me anymore. None whatsoever. If I don't suffer with/for the world I might as [...]

20 08, 2016

A World That Runs on Sacrifice

By |2016-08-21T20:28:39+00:00August 20th, 2016|Theology|

We Christians tend to see the crucifixion as a horrible event, and the resurrection as that which rectified everything. This is actually true. It is totally true, in fact. But there’s a mysterious line in Revelation that seems to say that something of the crucifixion precedes even creation itself. Revelation 13:8 speaks of Jesus Christ as "the Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world." There are many translations but I think this is the best translation considering the Greek ἀρνίου τοῦ ἐσφαγμένου ἀπὸ καταβολῆς κόσμου, translated by St. Jerome as agni qui occisus est ab origine mundi. What does it mean that the Lamb was [...]

7 08, 2016

Women’s Swimsuits

By |2016-08-09T15:55:06+00:00August 7th, 2016|Theology|

Just in time for the Olympics, I have some good things to say about the clothing of female athletes below, but you'll have to wait for that. Many of you know the historical roots of the bikini:  French engineer Louis Réard worked in his mother's lingerie shop in the 1940s.  There, he designed and got the word "bikini" from the name of the first post-bellum atomic-bomb site, Bikini Atoll, for obvious reasons.  He tried to find a French model to first debut his invention in 1946, but he could not find one.  He ultimately had to hire a stripper.  It took a while for the bikini to catch on in the United States.  As [...]

5 08, 2016

Transfiguration and the Song of Songs

By |2016-10-19T05:10:16+00:00August 5th, 2016|Theology|

—Written by one of my spiritual directees who entered women's religious life. The Song of Songs illustrates the journey of the Bride, a journey toward love. A journey involves a process, a traveling toward something which one desires but has not yet attained. Highly susceptible to losing his way on a long journey, a pilgrim often encounters numerous and varied obstacles. The Bride in the Song of Songs is no exception. One’s first outlook on the Song of Songs may circulate around the book as brimming over with vibrant images and profound expressions between two lovers. Although this description definitely defines the Song of Songs, it does not include every [...]

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