COM vs LIT Majors

I keep trying to think how to phrase my “nuanced” feelings on the pro-life, anti-abortion, pro-choice debates. This is not just a metaphor. I feel at some bone-deep level like I want to blame my ideological archrivals the Com majors for this, and for global warming and the extinction of the dinosaurs. Communications majors will […]

Some Words on Consecrated Virginity

1 Corinthians 7 I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed […]

Spiritual Reflection

I live very close to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, comfortably in the suburbs, but I have many friends/acquaintances/former coworkers who work or live in or near the capitol complex. There may be riots there this weekend because of the presidential inauguration. Because the world didn’t have enough problems already. I know. Plus, no one has sent us […]

Believe in me when I say….

It’s been an interesting week for So many reasons. One of the most interesting has been a conversation I had on CPTSD and mental health. It is a medical fact that trauma shapes the brain. I know that, for example, because I was abused repeatedly in my single digit years, I have trauma that will […]

Made Up Problems

James 4:2-3 ESV “You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” This week, I’m thinking about things like shoestring budgets, making […]

FF: I Do

CLICK THE FROG TO JOIN THE PARTY! Once upon a time, I remember you said: always count the cost. No one starts major construction without first counting the cost. Forever feels like a very long time to promise to anyone. My breath catches at the thought. Can we really do this? Really? Then, I remember. […]

Pray for Me

Last day of full-time employment at the library and I’ve already agreed to come back for at least 3 more days in January to help cover my former shift. So, I’ll be a substitute for myself…. Man, this gets meta fast! Meanwhile, I have one of my favorite Plumb songs on repeat: Now, I’m looking […]

Unto Us a Child Is Born

Okay, so Jesus probably was not born at the time of the Winter Solstice. This week, I was explaining to someone that – despite what it may seem in casual conversation at times – I’m Roman Catholic. My friend jokingly said – how many religions do you belong to? And I said – honestly – […]

Snowed In

I started this week’s spiritual reflection post knowing that I had to leave work a few hours early on Wednesday and had to work my full shift after shoveling out my driveway on Thursday. Now it’s Friday. I had to go to work today and after that, five workdays left on my two week notice […]

Do Not Worry

This week, my spiritual life is back to being blissfully normal or what passes for normal in my spiritual universe. Today, someone in one of my online Christian groups said something really funny: “Jesus said not to worry but he didn’t have to take calculus.” I found the statement funny for many reasons, not least […]