Daily Mass

By Sam Keyes It took me some time to understand the idea of daily Mass. I knew, back in my time as a Catholic-minded Anglican, that the idea was to have daily Mass. But I also wondered if it might actually b... Read More...

All Souls

By Sam Keyes In the Catholic imagination, All Souls’ Day (November 2) is more prominent than All Saints’ Day (November 1). All Saints is usually a holy day of obligation — this year it falls on a Monday, so ... Read More...

Sacrament of Maturity

By Sam Keyes Of all the sacraments, confirmation is the most widely misunderstood. Among Protestants, it often functions, at worst, as a mere coming-of-age ritual. At best, it gets described as something hav... Read More...

Not Ashamed at the Gates

By Sam Keyes   Like as the arrows in the hand of the giant, * even so are the young children. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them; * they shall not be ashamed when they speak with the... Read More...

Tradition and Novelty: Eli and Samuel

By Sam Keyes At the start of 1 Samuel 3, the Old Testament lesson for the Second Sunday after Epiphany this year, we heard this startling line: “And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no ... Read More...

Preaching without Restrictions

By Sam Keyes Coming back to the pulpit in a different church after a long hiatus can be a surreal experience. I’m sure I’m not the only one in this boat —I serve in a “diocese” after all where the vast major... Read More...

Being Distracted by the Right Things

By Sam Keyes Three times now in an introductory course on sacraments and liturgy, I’ve asked students to reflect on a playlist of Church music that I assembled for them. To do such a thing at all challenges ... Read More...

Five Tips on Voting Like a Nonbeliever

By Sam Keyes Many Christians these days seem to spend a lot of energy figuring out how to properly separate or combine their faith from their politics. Which presidential candidate is more messianic? Which c... Read More...