Today's Gospel reading in the Catholic Church--about Jesus' transfiguration--reminded me that for some time I've been wanting to share the following poem by Marie Howe. Like the Gospel reading, which describes the apostles' brief glimpse into the transcendent, Marie's poem, "Annunciation," describes the joy and solace of moments of seeming communion with God. In different … Continue reading “Even if I don’t see it again”: Marie Howe on mysticism
October 15, 2014 Today is the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila, the saint whose name I took at my confirmation. Teresa is a looming figure in Catholic history. A reformer, writer, and mystic, she was one of the first women to be named a Doctor of the Church, an honor which acknowledges the … Continue reading The Way of Perfection
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.
Last weekend, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to deliver the following speech at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice to an audience of over 1,000. Using my own experiences with Muslim-Christian dialogue and the documents of the Second Vatican Council, I argued that we as Catholics are called to engage in interreligious dialogue. … Continue reading My talk at the Ignatian Family Teach-In
When I chose the name Teresa of Avila for my Confirmation name during my freshman year of high school, I didn’t know what an important, meaningful decision I’d made. I picked her because she founded the Discalced Carmelites, a group of sisters I had grown close to in Indianapolis and admired for their contemplation, simplicity, … Continue reading Conversations with a Carmelite