dotCommonweal: “Mercy-ing: A Starting Point for Dialogue”

My newest blog post on dotCommonweal. Start reading here and then continue by clicking “Read more.” Amid all the excitement from the unprecedented interview with Pope Francis published by Jesuit journals worldwide, many Catholics may have missed one of the Pontiff’s more subtle communiqués: a letter sent to the head of al-Azhar University, a highly respected institutionContinue reading “dotCommonweal: “Mercy-ing: A Starting Point for Dialogue””

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dotCommonweal: “What an Islam expert isn’t”

For the next few months, I’ll be blogging for Commonweal, a lay Catholic magazine produced in the States. Though most of my pieces will likely focus on events in my new home, Amman, my first post is about how Islam is taught and written about by Catholics in America.  An excerpt can be found below,Continue reading “dotCommonweal: “What an Islam expert isn’t””

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Signs of joy: “Peeling Oranges” series

Signs of joy hang in the windows of the house up the street, and bounce like yellow light off the shiny sides of parked cars. Farah soars and plummets on a flimsy swing under twists of wire and grape vines, and little boys’ sandals flip and flap and echo off the dusty sidewalk. An old man, whoseContinue reading “Signs of joy: “Peeling Oranges” series”

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A moment at maghrib: “Peeling Oranges” series

In the spring of 2012, when I first lived in Amman, I started a series on my blog called “Peeling Oranges.” It was a place where I hoped to publish short vignettes or poem-like reflections on moments throughout my days where I experience “Divine-human mingling,” as spiritual writer Fr. Anthony Oelrich calls it.  Now, asContinue reading “A moment at maghrib: “Peeling Oranges” series”

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