The Divine Harmony

I started playing the trombone at age eleven. As any parent of a first year band student can attest, those first sounds could be described by many different adjectives. “Beautiful” or “musical” are probably not high on the list of options, however. For weeks, the goal...

A Christmas Letter

By Steven Norris       In 2005, my life was changed forever with the birth of our first child. Shortly after he was born, I began writing him letters, trying to explain the many ways that his presence in this world had impacted my spiritual life, my understanding of...

Joyful Resistance

When I opened the that present – the one I had been longing for and begging for as a child – it was there. When I saw her walking down the aisle – her radiant smile lighting the chapel and holding me entranced – it was there. When I watched as...

Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Paz, pax, paix, pace, friede, salam, dohiyi, or eirene. It doesn’t really matter what language you use to say it, the concept of “peace” is at the heart of the Advent season. The carols we sing reflect it well: “Silent night, holy night…Sleep in heavenly peace,” “It...

Eucharistic Living

As a family, we knelt at the altar, waiting for the minister to bring around the tiny wafer and miniature cup, brimming with red liquid. The minister served me, looked at my ten year old son, looked back at me, looked at my son, and raised her eyebrows. The thought...

Removing the Mask

“Do you want to come in and see the confessional booth?” Father Adrian had been such a gracious host, allowing my class of ninth grade Bible students to explore the ins and outs of his sanctuary. The majority of them had grown up in Protestant traditions and had never...

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