Lessons from Pope Francis’ outreach to Muslims

In his earliest days as head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis declared that he would make outreach to Muslims a priority. “It is not possible to establish true links with God while ignoring other people,” he said, “Hence it is important to intensify dialogue among the various religions, and I am thinking particularly ofContinue reading “Lessons from Pope Francis’ outreach to Muslims”

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Why I Say ‘Allahu Akbar’: My article on Busted Halo

I’m grateful to Busted Halo, an online magazine for spiritual seekers, for publishing the following reflection. Inshallah, God willing, I will be contributing more to Busted Halo throughout the rest of the year. Start reading my article here, and continue reading on Busted Halo’s site. Why I Say ‘Allahu Akbar’ October 22, 2013 This evening,Continue reading “Why I Say ‘Allahu Akbar’: My article on Busted Halo”

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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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