Why all of your emails invariably “find me well”

It's always amusing when telemarketers call the Church. A priest friend of mine tells of a time when a clueless marketer called and asked for, “Miss Comforter.” He had to inform her that she had called a church, and, “Holy Comforter is the name of the church, not a person.” Priests get a lot of…

The Productivity Trap

For five years, I was an Anglican pastor, a vocation for which I'd been formed at seminary, spending countless hours with my fellow seminarians praying the daily office, retreating, interning in parishes. I'd learned to dress like a priest with black clericals and white collar, vestments, birettas, and yes, capes. I remember wrestling with the…

Balthazar’s Gift

We're going to have a mini-trivia this morning at our breakfast to see how much you all really know about the Epiphany. No pressure to get all the questions right but I'll be observing and taking notes. Hopefully one basic fact we all remember is that the Magi bring three gifts to Our Lord. Melchior…

St. Thomas Becket’s Christmas Homily

Imagine yourself at Mass on Christmas – that won't be hard because you're literally here right now – listening to the preacher talk. He's wearing entirely too much lace, his vestments are the best he can find, and he's speaking not only about the birth of Our Lord but also about death. Let's say he…