War and Peace: Thoughts on Protest and Pilgrimage

It's with trepidation that I watch the growing unrest in Oakland and other cities whose "Occupiers" are becoming increasingly rambunctious. Violence broke out in Oakland the other night, with a protester grievously wounded by an errant canister of tear gas; I worry that we may be in store for a convulsion of violence such as [...]

Eid mubarak!

It has been over a year since I blogged regularly here, and I have given some thought to a return. In just a few days I will be starting a Master's degree at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. This may be a Master's of Theological Studies (a chiefly academic degree) or it [...]

A Centennial History of Guadalupe Church: Part I

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Parish on the West Side of San Antonio. I have given some thought to making a short documentary film detailing this history and gathering together the memories of long-time parishioners. The centennial celebrations will be quite festive, I am sure [...]

Upside-Down or Right Side Up?: Nicholas Kristof, the Dalai Lama, and the Catholic Church

The other day I was flipping through the free copy of the Catholic Worker that had been delivered to our JVC community. (The Catholic Worker Movement was founded by Dorothy Day in 1933. Its members live in intentional communities, in solidarity with the poor, working in various ways for social justice. Their newspaper still sells for one [...]