In the Desert Prepare the Way of the Lord!

Second Sunday of Advent | | By Michael Caffery

I always was taught in Catholic school that there were two comings of Christ- once 2000 years ago, and once in the future at the end of all things. I see things a bit differently now.

The Confessional, a poem

TJ Walter |

You say
I can’t create a square-circle.
I can’t rhyme with the color purple.
I can’t divide by the zero number.
I can’t marry my beloved partner.

How Is Your Castle?

First Sunday of Advent | | By Michael Kilarjian

Teresa of Avila so poignantly speaks of our interior castles. So, how is your interior castle? Have you spruced it up for the holidays? What inner chambers need a renovation? And, how many rooms are there to spare to welcome the stranger? You are the master of your castle, though, no one else.

Hell is Other People

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe | | By Zinzy Nev Geene

Jesus Christ, it’s great that you have your flock, my man, but should we queer people even want to be a part of it? Yes. I’d like to think ‘yes’.

How Lovely is Your Temple, O Lord

The Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple | | By Garrett

The truth of our dignity is difficult to fully see. We are born into a world where it is easier to hurt than to heal, easier to be brutal than to be gentle, easier to curse than to bless, and so we are left wounded in the darkness of doubt and anxiety, struggling to see how wonderful we are in our particularness.

The God of Surprises

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time | | By C.C.

On Pentecost Sunday 2014, Pope Francis told thousands of pilgrims, “Listen up. If the Church is alive, it must always surprise.

Queer 101: Same-sex attraction

Patrick Flores |

I think it’s worth starting here, not because it is the most important part of the queer community to understand, but because it is where the Catholic Church always starts

Indeed, We Are All Blessed and Called…

Solemnity of All Saints | | By Ed Nuñez

Wherever you find yourself these days, whether grateful for a new community and relationship you’ve formed or even overwhelmed by so many things going on, you (Yes, YOU) and all of us are called to holiness and to love.

The Whole Law and the Prophets Depend on these Two Commandments

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time | | By Eilis

For me, the kicker in this weekend’s readings is the very last line of the Gospel: "the whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” Loving God with all that I am and loving my neighbor as myself. These are not just suggestions for Christ seekers...these are commandments that the law and prophets depend on. I would assume that it challenged the prophets to spend time reaching out to the margins, while also tending to the interior spiritual life that roots us in the love of God. As for the law, I imagine a world where laws are created out of love for each of us and our neighbors...a world where no one is left behind or left out...and a world that hears the cries of the children separated from their parents.

The Intersection of Church and State

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time | | By Patrick Weston

In other words, we most definitely have to acknowledge our place on this earth and cooperate with the systems we live in, but it doesn’t let us off the hook from trying to transform it. We cannot become so heavenly minded we are no earthly good.