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Some Mercy Now

“MERCY is NOT table fry sharing!” Almost twenty years after leaving our Mercy high school, my best friend and I still exchange this...

Keeping the Light On

One of my favorite non-Christian theological songs is “Light On,” by Maggies Rogers. When I attended my first silent retreat in January,...

The Tension of Good Friday

I'll never forget walking into church that Good Friday in 2013. I was in RCIA and experienced the Triduum for the first time as an almost...

Holy Thursday

When Holy Thursday comes to mind, I imagine most of us immediately think of the Last Supper and Jesus’ Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane....

Cobblestones, Grace, and Comfortable Shoes

The strangest Palm Sunday experience I ever had was when I somehow ended up as a lector at the Mass with Pope Benedict several years ago....

Trouble and Glory

Today’s Gospel is particularly difficult to read and reflect on; Jesus predicts his own death, says that those who wish to serve him must...

The Light of God

Even though today is the fourth Sunday of Lent, to most of the world it is just another day. Another Sunday to get laundry done, make...

Listening for God's Voice

Today’s Responsorial Psalm is a personal favorite: “If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts”. My preference for this Psalm...

Being Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

The Old Testament reading this week is the well-known story of “the binding of Isaac.” Abraham has been told by God to bring his only...

The Challenge of the Spirit

Reading Mark’s Gospel often feels like running a sprint, because it is so action-packed and fast paced. Today's Gospel reading comes...

In My Rent Garments

I am struggling to imagine a world reconciled to God. It is not the world I see around me. The horrific attacks on Israel on October 7th....

Defying Social Scripts

A friend and I have been trying to get together for over a month, but every week one of our toddlers is sick. And in our post-COVID world...

Josephine Bakhita: A Saint for Today

We named our second daughter Josephina Clare, after many strong women: St. Clare of Assisi, Jo from Little Women, my beloved Aunt Debbie...

God Walks With the Brokenhearted 

This time of year is riddled with dates that remind me of my brokenheartedness. Between the beginning of February and the beginning of...

The Gift of Presence

Since I finished my undergraduate degree almost nine years ago, I have moved a lot. Across four cities, seven apartments, and six...

The Fire Burning

In late September of 2023, I moved to a particular neighborhood of Detroit called Corktown. The oldest neighborhood in the city of...

The Gift of Choices

The miracles of Jesus served many purposes; of course, they were service to those who most needed healing, but they also supported Jesus’...

Change

A few years ago, I chose to leave my graduate program where I was studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. At the time this decision...

Were You Listening?

The holidays are past, and we are blessed with a powerful trio of readings on yet another extraordinary, ordinary Sunday! Here I am Lord,...

Shaped by Family

“The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him” (Luke 2:22). This is one of the small peeks we...

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