que es la veritat (from doors of Sagrada Familia)

Remember back when people defended truth? And postmodernists were the enemy for questioning it? Ah, the good ol’ days. With nostalgia, I remember the days when it felt radical to criticize “absolute truths.” Only ten years ago, I was sparring with a large Evangelical organization that initiated a campaign for […]

refectory at San Damiano

It doesn’t get much better than the right kind of sad song that somehow leaves you, all at once, feeling like you’ve been stripped of your armour, yet you’re stronger, braver and more hopeful. For me, the music must fit, must open me up, stirring something deep inside. Good words, […]

sculpture of man holding boy in the air

Imagine two kinds of people who live passionately: The first type live lives of wild freedom. They hold onto everything lightly, knowing no single thing comes with a guarantee. Yet they believe that life itself is good and beautiful. They are fully present in the moment, open to caring for […]

lambs on New Zealand coast

Beauty is very important to me. Seeking beauty makes a lot of sense as a human calling, and I believe it to be thoroughly intertwined with spiritual hunger. We need beauty as much as we need food. But just like we’ve often needed several words to clarify types of love, […]