Poem: “Bethel”

In short, the message of this poem is an elaboration of Jacob's exclamation in Genesis 28:16: “Truly, the Lord is in this spot, although I did not know it.” Though I don’t often realize it, God is always with me.

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 institution …

Hope for the Pope: Catholic-Muslim relations in the new pontificate

Note: I'm very honored to host my first guest on the blog: Fr. Michael Calabria, a Franciscan friar.  Since we met in the fall, when he came to Georgetown to work on his doctoral dissertation in Qur'anic studies, I've considered him a good friend and the "Franciscan friar version of myself."  We wrote the following …