As an Enneagram 4, I tend to be pretty sentimental most of the time. I keep a beat up old shoe box in the corner of my closet packed to the brim with old birthday cards, Christmas greetings, love letters, wedding invitations, and mementoes from various and sundry experiences I've had over the years.   I've … Continue reading Burn


Supermarket Askesis (Keto Week: 0)

As my Lenten discipline this year, I've decided to give the "keto lifestyle" a whirl. (I rolled my eyes when somebody first told me, "It's a lifestyle, Cody, not a diet," but here I am doing the same thing...) I'm wildly skeptical of nearly anything hip and trendy, but especially fad diets. You know the … Continue reading Supermarket Askesis (Keto Week: 0)

Hilda, Abbess of Whitby : A Ray of Light in the “Dark Ages”

Today's liturgical calendar gives short shrift to one of the most remarkable saints in Christian history : Hilda of Whitby. The Roman Catholic calendar commemorates Elizabeth of Hungary, a 13th century lay Franciscan princess who lived a very charitable life (whom the Church of England celebrates optionally on the 18th.) The Episcopal (USA) calendar commemorates … Continue reading Hilda, Abbess of Whitby : A Ray of Light in the “Dark Ages”

CVN Lenten Reflection: Palm Sunday

(N.B. I wrote this reflection for the Catholic Volunteer Network 2016 Lenten Reflection Guide.) Will You Follow? --Luke  22:14-23:56 Palm Sunday is all about walking, isn't it? We find ourselves walking alongside the massive crowd who gathered outside of Jerusalem, waving our palm fronds, and singing, "All glory, laud, and honor to you, Redeemer King." … Continue reading CVN Lenten Reflection: Palm Sunday