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2022-05-22: Currently reading: After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging (Theological Education between the …

2022-05-21: The Boston College contingent at Notre Dame’s medieval philosophy and theology conference

2022-05-20: Notre Dame at night

2022-05-20: My first conference with the St. Bonaventure University affiliation.

2022-05-19: Eugene Rogers, Jr, on Augustine: One of the things that makes Augustine so interesting, so long …

2022-05-18: John Donne, on the coincidence of Annunciation and Good Friday in 1608: This doubtful day Of feast …

2022-05-16: Currently reading: A Previous Life by Edmund White 📚

2022-05-15: Currently reading: Elements of Christian Thought by Eugene F. Rogers, Jr. 📚

2022-05-15: Maggie Nelson, on climate change: As a problem gets harder to solve, ignoring it becomes all the …

2022-05-15: My view as Marshall to candidates for a Bachelor of Arts at St. Bonaventure University’s 162nd …

2022-05-12: Maggie Nelson, discussing an interview given by Pema Chödtön: I’m riveted by this …

2022-05-09: Reading this recent piece on Wittgenstein makes me want to see Robert Pattinson star in his biopic.

2022-05-08: Currently reading: On Freedom by Maggie Nelson 📚

2022-05-06: This old church now houses the Cuba Cultural Center.

2022-05-06: Currently reading: Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman 📚

2022-05-06: I sent in my first roll of film to the Shot on Film Store last week, and just received digital …

2022-05-04: From Jonathan Malesic’s excellent The End of Burnout, on the attitudes of Benedictine monks …

2022-05-04: My doctoral gown (sans hood and tam)

2022-04-25: Dorothy Day: I loved the Church for Christ made visible. Not for itself, because it was so often a …

2022-04-25: Me, some years ago, at Piseco Lake in the southern Adirondacks.

2022-04-17: From the Easter Exultet, solemnly proclaimed at the Easter Vigil to bless the night and the Easter …

2022-04-16: David Bentley Hart, in Tradition and Apocalypse, on the theological virtues: Faith is the will to …

2022-04-15: One of the things I miss most about Boston is living in the interreligious community that was the …

2022-04-15: David Bentley Hart on tradition: The tradition’s life, it turns out, is an irrepressible …

2022-04-15: A recent eBay acquisition: a Pentax K1000 35mm film camera. I’ve been wanting to get into film …

2022-04-14: John of Salisbury, in the mid-12th century: Our own generation enjoys the legacy bequeathed to it …

2022-04-06: Honestly, this proposal to nationalize baseball sounds incredible.

2022-03-28: Two of Maggie Nelson’s Bluets: No. 123. Whenever I speak of faith, I am not speaking of faith …

2022-03-27: bell hooks: Hearing each other’s voices, individual thoughts, and sometimes associating …

2022-03-27: Bart Giammati, the late, former commissioner of major leauge baseball, as quoted in Greg …

2022-03-26: At the distressingly young age of 50, Taylor Hawkins has died. I haven’t kept up with Foo …

2022-03-26: Ron Scapp, in dialogue about critical pedagogy, with bell hooks: Sometimes it’s important to …

2022-03-14: A good mail day

2022-03-06: I could share every homily preached by my mentor Fritz Bauerschmidt, and be justified doing …

2022-03-03: Daniel Walden, in a review of a very bad recent book: Many of us [on the political left] came to …

2022-02-26: At Playwrights Horizons for Tambo & Bones

2022-02-21: Whatever the case, he listened, he listened to me. I missed his listening. Listening, Sister Ann …

2022-02-14: Over the weekend I picked this chalkboard up from an antique store, so I can write out the …

2022-02-05: Paul Griffiths, on the LORD as theology’s topic: When Christians prepare to approach the LORD …

2022-02-04: Abraham Heschel: To us a single act of injustice—cheating in business, exploitation of the …

2022-02-04: I’m not sure what to make about this essay, but there’s some truth to this point, at …

2022-02-01: From yesterday’s mail. I defended in October so this isn’t exactly news, but it feels …

2022-01-23: From David Graeber & David Wengrow’s The Dawn of Everything: American citizens have the …

2022-01-18: Dispatches from the southern tier of New York, taken around 6:45 this morning

2022-01-14: My actual favorite band from these is The National, but Death Cab for Cutie could be me in a few …

2022-01-13: Julia Claire, “In Defense of Shame”

2022-01-08: David Bentley Hart, on one’s just deserts before God: I remain convinced that no one, …

2022-01-08: Fantasies of theology’s haloed past too easily become policies for church police in the …

2022-01-05: “Look – the fact that something is real in your mind does not mean that it’s real …

2022-01-04: Pope Francis in Fratelli tutti on forgiveness and accountability: Nor does this mean calling for …

2022-01-03: Today’s mail: the first issue of a gift subscription to Geez Magazine, gifted to me to mark …

2022-01-01: Jonathan Lear: Freud said that mourning is a “great riddle,” and its greatness …

2022-01-01: B. D. McClay, contrasting Simone Weil and Simone de Beauvoir against Jordan Peterson and Todd May as …

2021-12-30: Phil Christman, “Misfortune Is Not a Communicable Disease”: No, what mystifies me is …

2021-12-30: Agnes Callard, on Simone Weil’s useful distinction between suffering and affliction: Many of …

2021-12-29: Something that’s long irritiated me is when people excuse their own rudeness or cruelty by …

2021-12-29: Frodo, of Gollum: It’s a pity Bilbo didn’t kill him when he had the chance. Gandalf: …

2021-12-29: Phil Christman: I don’t know whether my species will survive climate change, or whether, if it does …

2021-12-28: At the George Eastman Museum’s Dryden Theatre in Rochester, N.Y., for a showing of The …

2021-12-28: Phil Christman, on why cops are cops: Not every cop is Eric Adams, still less Darren Wilson or …

2021-12-27: A quotation commonly attributed to Archbishop Desmond Tutu (r.i.p.): If you are neutral in …

2021-12-25: Gerard Manley Hopkins, in his notebook on Christmas Day (1865): Moonless darkness stands between …

2021-12-25: Johann Baptist Metz: Toward the end of the Second World War, when I was sixteen years old, I was …

2021-12-24: Sourdough cinnamon rolls, baked and iced

2021-12-23: Roosevelt Montás, on what students should learn in college: A liberal education is a structured …

2021-12-23: Sourdough cinnamon rolls for Christmas Eve brunch tomorrow morning

2021-12-23: Martin Luther King, Jr., in “Pilgrimage to Nonviolence”: Any religion that professes to …

2021-12-23: Skimming through some of the passages I highlighted in my kindle edition of Slouching towards …

2021-12-23: Thomas Merton (in Raids on the Unspeakable) on the nativity: Into this world, this demented inn, in …

2021-12-23: It took me a semester, but I finally got some art on my office door. This means—I believe—I’m …

2021-12-23: From Alberto Manguel’s A History of Reading: To keep down the production costs he [Aldus …

2021-12-22: Matt Mitchell’s description of Fleet Foxes' music is right on: Pecknold’s early compositions …

2021-12-22: Thomas of Celano’s description of the youthful Francis is so good: “That man was still boiling …

2021-12-22: I tried a different scoring pattern on today’s loaf, to somewhat disappointing results. Rather than …