Politics and Society

Choices, Christmas & Contemplative Prayer

All Our Choices, & the Choice of Love: A Christmas Reflection

Contemporary western life presents us with a dizzying array of possibilities and choices to make. From the chockablock shelves of stores with a billion products vying for our attention, to larger decisions about places to live, people to keep company with, political and social opinions to embrace, we live constantly under the pretense of choice....

In Eager Longing

Old leaves relinquish high places And flutter to the ground Of their beginnings...

Cain & Abel

Unfastened From the Party Line: Contemplative Prayer and Public Discourse

After a visit to my parents’ house in New Hampshire, Maureen, my wife, and I like to meander along the backroads home to the Catskills. At about our half-way point is a small but thriving bookstore/café where we generally make a stop. While browsing through the crowded shelves I came across a book entitled, I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up. Though one should never judge a proverbial (and, in this case, actual) book by its cover, I could not help but to give this particular cover a nod of consent. The title represents a problem that is deep and dangerous in our time....