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Feb
16

Pastoral care should punch us in the face

Pastoral care should punch us in the face In a response to Carey Nieuwhof, Fr. Jonathan elevates pastoral care and its challenges: "Sometimes good pastoral care feels like a punch in the face, both for pastors and for those committed to their care."
Feb
3

Bowie, Rickman, and the end of virtue

Bowie, Rickman, and the end of virtue Celebrities are our secular saints. So when a celebrity dies, especially unexpectedly, there is a strange murmur that runs through our culture.
Dec
25

Becoming

Becoming Mary breaks into a cold, damp sweat, her eyes bloodshot, her skin crawling as she takes one more breath and screams, pushing baby into open air, riding a rush of adrenaline and blood so pure that it can only be love. Deep down, though, she knows that love is far more than chemicals and sweat, and she wonders if the hope she has is pure enough to keep the doubts from crawling out of their corner and sucking...
Dec
15

Stop being jerks about Christmas

Stop being jerks about Christmas In seminary, I learned that "we must reclaim Advent." The only way to do that is through a vicious mocking of the foolish plebeians around us who sing Christmas carols any time before 11:00 pm on Christmas Eve.
Nov
23

Can girls be heroes?

Can girls be heroes? The heroes that we are asked to emulate in popular fiction are almost always men. Supergirl is trying to change that.
Nov
16

The romance of the priesthood

The romance of the priesthood I will not say that Call the Midwife has revived my sense of awe at the priesthood and the Catholic life, but it certainly has helped to fan the flames of my heart. Sometimes television stokes my mind. Sometimes it makes me laugh. Rarely does it feed my soul. Call the Midwife does all of these things. It makes me cry big, stupid tears of joy and sorrow.
Oct
29

The real secrets of successful pastors

The real secrets of successful pastors Fr. Jonathan Mitchican considers the four secrets of successful pastors.
Oct
8

Sons of Anarchy and the absence of grace

Sons of Anarchy and the absence of grace Sons of Anarchy is first and foremost a show about what it is like to live in a world without grace, a world where the law reigns and the Gospel is in short supply.
Sep
22

Autism and everything after

As many Covenant readers know, my oldest son is on the autism spectrum. Just this past spring, my younger son was also diagnosed with autism.
Sep
9

The Sculptor and the search for meaning

The Sculptor and the search for meaning So many of the great artists of our generation are consumed by the task of trying to find a way of coping with a meaningless world.
Aug
15

Our bodies are magic

Our bodies are magic One of the great blessings of Catholic Christianity is that it affirms both the earthiness and the enchantment of the world we live in. There is no shying away from the stark realities of our physicality.
Jul
7

How hip hop saved my life

How hip hop saved my life Hip hop saved me because it spoke in a way that other things did not. There are some truths I can hear more clearly when rhymed over a beat than I ever would in a book, a speech, or even another form of music.
May
25

The lost secret of Anglicanism

The lost secret of Anglicanism Claiming that Anglicanism actually is something is not always popular.
May
5

The gospel ain’t about you, but it is for you

The gospel ain’t about you, but it is for you Craig Uffman finds my explanation of Reformation teaching reductionistic. I find it puzzling that he rejects the idea that the gospel is primarily for us.

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