2022-09-26: Currently reading: Christ’s Two Wills in Scholastic Thought: The Christology of Aquinas and …

2022-09-26: Currently reading: The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Graeber and David …

2022-09-25: Currently reading: From Dissertation to Book by William Germano 📚

2022-09-24: Currently reading: Religion and Film: Cinema and the Recreation of the World by S. B. Plate 📚

2022-09-18: Enthusiastic dog owners at Letchworth State Park

2022-09-14: What a sad pairing of lyrics. From Phoebe Bridgers’s “Scott Street”: I asked you, …

2022-09-12: Currently reading: Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin 📚

2022-09-10: Currently reading: No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull 📚

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2022-09-04: Is this Apostolic Fathers book (a scholarly collection of writings significant to early Christian …

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2022-09-01: Michael D.C. Drout, Please Don’t Make a Tolkien Cinematic Universe: Tolkien is utterly …

2022-08-31: Herbert McCabe, on God’s name: ‘God’, ‘Theos’, ‘Deus’ is …

2022-08-31: Currently reading: God Still Matters by Herbert McCabe 📚

2022-08-30: Hawk against the clouds

2022-08-28: Ready (almost) for the new semester

2022-08-25: Currently reading: Troy: The Greek Myths Reimagined by Stephen Fry 📚

2022-08-24: J.R.R. Tolkien, presenting a quotation from Simone de Beauvoir as the “key-spring” of …

2022-08-23: I love this paragraph, from The Married Man by Edmund White (Ajax is Austin and Julien’s …

2022-08-20: Currently watching: Inside the Mind of a Cat 📽️

2022-08-20: The Middle Falls at Letchworth State Park near Castile, New York 📷

2022-08-16: I just watched the finale of Better Call Saul. This is a bit of a spoiler, thematically at least, …

2022-08-16: Currently reading: Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire by William T. Cavanaugh 📚

2022-08-15: Currently reading: Francis & His Brothers: A Popular History of the Franciscan Friars by Dominic …

2022-08-11: Currently reading: How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing by Paul J. …

2022-08-11: Today is the feast of Saint Clare of Assisi! I like to imagine this portrait, appearing in one of …

2022-08-11: Currently listening: Inside (Deluxe) by Bo Burnham

2022-08-10: Reviewing my first roll of film photography, and I really like the texture in this one (in both the …

2022-08-10: Currently reading: Discovering the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition: A Life-Giving Vision by John …

2022-08-08: A nice piece by Phil Christman on finding one’s voice. His chief counsel is patience. It takes …

2022-08-08: Currently reading: On Writing by Stephen King 📚

2022-08-07: Currently reading: The Married Man by Edmund White 📚

2022-08-06: Philip Reynolds at the Boston Colloquy for Historical Theology: historical theology is “the …

2022-08-06: Currently reading: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton 📚

2022-08-03: Currently reading: The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben …

2022-08-01: Took my new electric bike for its first ride today

2022-08-01: The dock behind Fontainebleau Inn on Cayuta Lake

2022-07-29: Cayuta Lake near Watkins Glen, New York

2022-07-28: Currently watching: Nope (dir. Jordan Peele, 2022) 📽️

2022-07-21: Had a great time last night seeing Lucy Dacus and The National. It was, start to finish, one of the …

2022-07-20: At Ommegang Brewery near Cooperstown, NY, to see Lucy Dacus and The National

2022-07-20: Some pictures of St. Bonaventure University taken with my Pentax K1000 on (I think) Fujicolor 200. …

2022-07-19: Currently watching: Better Call Saul (2015–2022) 📺 I watched the first two season when they first …

2022-07-19: Nicholas Roerich’s “St. Francis” (1932)

2022-07-17: Currently reading: Deification through the Cross: An Eastern Christian Theology of Salvation by …

2022-07-15: Today marks the feast of St. Bonaventure, the patron of my alma mater and the university where I …

2022-07-14: Currently listening: Bastille Day by Rush 🎵

2022-07-13: Currently reading: What Sort of Human Nature?: Medieval Philosophy and the Systematics of …

2022-07-12: Currently reading: A Children’s Bible: A Novel by Lydia Millet 📚

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2022-07-10: Currently watching: Everything Everywhere All at Once (dir. Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, 2022) …

2022-07-10: Currently listening: The National 🎵

2022-07-09: A nice paean to Steven Spielberg’s filmmaking, especially as represented in West Side Story.

2022-07-09: Currently listening: Guthrie, by Julien Baker (2022) 🎵

2022-07-09: Currently reading: Detransition, Baby: A Novel by Torrey Peters 📚

2022-07-06: Currently reading: The Body in Context by Gareth Moore 📚

2022-07-04: Steam rises from the “ausoles más grande de Centroamérica” near Ahuachapan, El Salvador.

2022-07-03: Catedral Metropolitana de San Salvador

2022-07-03: Street art in San Salvador

2022-07-03: The market in San Salvador

2022-06-29: Somewhere between Miami and San Salvador

2022-06-28: Currently reading: Stonewall: The Definitive Story of the LGBTQ Rights Uprising that Changed America …

2022-06-25: Currently reading (on Audible): Heroes: The Greek Myths Reimagined (Stephen Fry’s Greek Myths …

2022-06-24: Phil Christman: Christianity is not about having an exquisite collection of private meanings that …

2022-06-23: Currently watching: The Godfather Part II (dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1974) 📽️

2022-06-23: I’m sorry to say it, but this review more or less captures my feelings on Obi Wan Kenobi. I …

2022-06-23: One of the peculiarities of writing a dissertation during 2020–21 was the lack of library access. I …

2022-06-20: Currently reading: Females by Andrea Long Chu 📚

2022-06-17: Currently reading: Thomas Aquinas: Faith, Reason, and Following Christ (Christian Theology in …

2022-06-16: I like this characterization of prayer, in the fourth book of the Franciscan Summa halensis (q.26, …

2022-06-13: Currently reading: Knowing God by Experience: The Spiritual Senses in the Theology of William of …

2022-06-09: Bethel A.M.E. Church in Jamaica Plain, Mass.

2022-06-09: Spotted yesterday in Cambridge, Mass.

2022-06-07: This, from John Ganz, more or less describes my feelings about Disney Star Wars. (I am less negative …

2022-06-06: Back at Boston College for a few days, visiting with friends and doing some research

2022-06-04: Paul Griffiths, in a parenthetical aside: Augustine on the whole does not like jokes, and thinks …

2022-06-04: Currently reading: Lying: An Augustinian Theology of Duplicity by Paul J. Griffiths 📚

2022-06-04: Willie James Jennings, with a really lovely description of theological education at the end of his …

2022-06-04: Willie James Jennings, After Whiteness: Theological education could mark a new path for Western …

2022-06-02: Willie James Jennings, After Whiteness: Theological education is also about resistance. It is the …

2022-05-31: After my first year of full-time teaching, I’m glad to get back to research. Currently …

2022-05-30: Yesterday I saw a tweet floating around asking for your “personal canon,” that is, which …

2022-05-29: Birding at the local cemetery. So far I’ve seen only American Robins and European Starlings; …

2022-05-29: Currently reading (on Audible): Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott 📚

2022-05-28: I watched “part 1” of Obi-Wan Kenobi earlier today. While I’m enjoying this story …

2022-05-28: Currently reading: Shadow & Claw: The First Half of The Book of the New Sun (The Book of the New …

2022-05-28: From one of Óscar Romero’s homilies: We want peace, but not the peace of violence and of …

2022-05-27: This timeline of the Uvalde shooting—a student calls at 12:03 and, over the next 45 minutes, …

2022-05-26: Elizabeth Bruenig: Violence begets injury begets death, and any culture debased to vacillating …

2022-05-25: Robert Zaretsky, on what a deeper appreciation of the word ‘tragedy’ reveals about tragedies like …

2022-05-25: I’m thinking today of Bob Dylan’s incredible “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only …

2022-05-25: Gary Wills wrote of guns as our Moloch, one day after the Sandy Hook shooting on December 14, 2012. …

2022-05-23: My dissertation director, Boyd Taylor Coolman, hooding me at my graduation.

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 recent conference on medieval philosophy & …

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 …

2021-03-29: El víacrucis Holy Week of any year—that week of prayer and fasting ordered to the cross and, eventually, …

2020-11-29: A Christmas tree blessing Good and gracious God, you who are power and wisdom and goodness— Bless this tree, a sign of life …

2020-09-22: Of baptism Dear C—,1 This past Sunday, on a cool and bright New York day with the edges of autumn just …

2019-05-18: That attention is love In the very year of our engagement, Lady Bird was released. Toward the end of this magnanimous film …