Lord of the Rings, Sacraments, Talks

Middle-earth and the Seven Sacraments: Tolkien’s Catholic Vision (Session 1)

This is the first session in a five-part formation series titled: “Middle-earth and the Seven Sacraments.” In this first session, I’d like to address the elephant in the room: Why would I choose the Lord of the Rings as a tool for teaching about the Sacraments of the Catholic faith? Why not just use the Catechism? Is that not good…

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Easter, Resurrection

Dangling Impossibly: Christian Witness and Fallingwater

Readings for Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter Last week, I had the chance to visit one of the most incredible pieces of architecture ever built — Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, “Fallingwater.”  Now Fallingwater is a house that dangles out over a gorgeous waterfall, clinging onto the side of a steep hill, surrounded by thick trees and massive boulders.…

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Lent, Reflections

Anger and the Dark Side

Readings for Friday of the First Week of Lent What can Master Yoda and Jesus teach us about dealing with our anger and responding with forgiveness? A lot! This reflection was delivered to the weekly school mass with kids ranging from Pre-K to 8th grade.