By Anna Floerke Scheid It is repulsive to me to admit it, but Dylann Roof and I have something in common. The self-proclaimed “Last Rhodesian” and I have both been inspired by the history of […]
The day of the Boston Marathon bombings, and the days that followed, were some of the most terrifying days of my life. Patriot’s Day, also lovingly known as Marathon Monday, is one of the most […]
Laetare Jerusalem! Gaudete cum laetitia!
This, the fourth Sunday in Lent, is Laetare Sunday, my favorite Sunday in Lent, and not just because of the pink vestments that insecure clergy sometimes attempt to convince you are “rose.” So many of […]
Praying for Our Enemies and the Pope’s Interview
I use the word “enemies” here not in the sense of any stable sort of relationship, but rather to signify those relationships of contention that have developed between members and factions within the Church. I […]
Never Forget…Someday Forgive?
My birthday is November 22nd, which has the distinction of being (a) the earliest date on the calendar for Thanksgiving and (b) the date President John F Kennedy was assassinated. This latter fact was brought […]
Meeting Hatred with Love: Burying Tamerlan Tsarnaev
In general, the Catholic Church deals with death and suffering well. In many cities across the country, the Church ensures that the unclaimed dead receive a decent funeral with prayers and dignity. By most all […]
The Mission: Choose Your Own Penance
Between high school, college, and my PhD program, I have spent nearly 14 years being formed intellectually and spiritually by Jesuits. Thus it should come as no surprise that Roland Joffe’s The Mission, a moving […]
Easter Sunday: The Resurrection Was Not a Victory March
A few years ago I attended a Passion Play/Musical at a megachurch where I used to live. The play ended up being a sort of Cirque-du-Soleil performance of humanity from Adam and Eve to Jesus […]
Good Friday: Assigning Blame for Jesus’ Death
On this, the saddest of days in the Christian calendar, I will cut to the chase. There are two claims that I wish to dispel. One, the Jews killed Jesus. Two, our sins killed Jesus. […]
Reflection on the readings for the Second Sunday of Advent Last week’s readings for the First Sunday of Advent began the Catholic liturgical year with a jarring warning to stay awake and be vigilant, for […]
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