Advent Visions

During Advent and throughout the Christmas season, I enjoy reading short stories. It is the only time of year that I do this, being partial to novels in every way,… Read More

We Need a Reconciliation Revival

I am excited about the USCCB’s plan for a Eucharistic revival over the next three years. I love the Eucharist (obviously) and I love big gatherings: put those two together… Read More


Lately, I have been thinking about wheelchairs. Sometimes when I drive to work in the morning, I pass a man who is taking his dog out. The man looks to… Read More

Are We In This Together Or Not?

There’s a scene in Donald Margulies’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Dinner With Friends,” that comes back to me every time a Catholic priest is in the news for sexual misconduct. It… Read More

The All Souls’ Day Fauré Requiem

About twelve years ago, the pastor at St. Bernadette (St. B’s), a suburban parish in Silver Spring, Maryland started a new tradition at the parish: on All Souls’ Day, a… Read More

Dragon Hoops: A Lesson in Sensitivity

Dragon Hoops is a graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang that masterfully weaves together a season of Catholic high school basketball with historical vignettes, student stories, and weighty topics such… Read More

Why Isn’t Laicization More Public?

Many years ago, I flew to Chicago and drove a few of hours to attend a friend’s ordination to the priesthood.  I considered Chris[1] the best person I had ever… Read More

Producing the Podcast Crisis as a Catholic

This piece includes discussion of sexual abuse and suicide. Jay Lemberger is the victim who stays with me. He died by suicide before the priest who abused him was brought… Read More