I started writing/sharing something here every day more than five years ago. I’m taking a sabbatical from writing here probably for the rest of the year, so that streak comes to an end today. When I started the habit of daily writing, it was as much a commitment to “put pen to paper” or “think … Continue reading Sabbatical

Palm Sunday during pandemic

Yesterday I walked to Saint Stephen Martyr for confession. Spring is emerging in its fullness in Georgetown, so the walk there was beautiful. I also saw my first Biden yard sign. It was the first time I’ve set foot in a church since the pandemic closures, since I got back from my Longlea retreat three … Continue reading Palm Sunday during pandemic

Into a perfect state

I spent today with Michael Pakaluk’s latest book, “The Memoirs of St. Peter: A New Translation of the Gospel According to Mark“. Perfect for Holy Week and Easter, and a rich and fresh way to encounter Christ through Peter. Like Romano Guardini’s “The Lord”, there’s a closeness and an immediacy with Christ through the book. There’s … Continue reading Into a perfect state

Rose Park in springtime

Washington feels largely emptied out since self-distancing and quarantine/lockdown really came into place in mid-March. And since Mayor Bowser’s formal stay-at-home order, the feeling of emptiness has increased somewhat. I still get out to go for runs, and public exercise is allowable along with other reasons to be out like heading for groceries, etc. Americans … Continue reading Rose Park in springtime

Potomac pandemic run

I’ve been letting too many of the days under quarantine go by from waking to sleeping without meaningfully getting outdoors. As our typical routines have evaporated, the simple interludes in our day that we end up taking for granted or complain about turn out to be key bookends that give structure to our days: our … Continue reading Potomac pandemic run

Spanish Flu and solidarity

A century ago the Spanish Flu tore through the United States and the world for three years, an influenza that infected one of every four people on earth and killed at least 17 million human beings, but probably millions more. As we debate the right prudential balance between the harms posed by the health crisis … Continue reading Spanish Flu and solidarity

‘What we set our eyes on’

It’s spring in Washington and flowers are starting to bloom. Though few are out to enjoy them in this season of quarantine. Karen Swallow Prior and Jen Pollock Michel dialogue on autonomy and true freedom in an eight minute conversation on “why freedom needs boundaries”. Worth watching/listening: Karen Swallow Prior begins the conversation by reminding … Continue reading ‘What we set our eyes on’

Lessons from the exceptions

Unlike with Spanish Flu a century ago or Hong Kong Flu in the 1950s, today we’re receiving constant and more or less real time information about the pandemic we’re experiencing. But how much of the information we’re receiving is valuable? How much of it is true? One of the things that’s incredibly difficult, despite our … Continue reading Lessons from the exceptions

Tanner’s Annunciation

Today’s the Feast of the Annunciation. I’ve had a postcard-sized version of this depiction of the Annunciation in my kitchen for a year or so, since first picking it up at the University of Mary when I was finishing my bioethics coursework. Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937) painted the original work. “A Prayer for Generosity” appears … Continue reading Tanner’s Annunciation


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