The View From the Periphery

History is one of my favorite subjects. Learning about those who have gone before us, their innovations and mistakes, is one of the most valuable things we can study; realizing that we have the ability to affect history… Read More

Radical Obedience

When we think of things that are “radical” about religious life, things like helping the poor, shared life in community, and celibacy all come to mind as being counter-cultural witnesses to Christian life. How often, however, do we… Read More

How To: Poverty

After my overwhelmingly persuasive and thoroughly inspiring post about why we should voluntarily choose poverty, all of you have undoubtedly sold all of your possessions and are waiting in joyful anticipation for more details, am I right? Well, even if… Read More

Why Poverty?

Before we enter into a potentially lengthy and superfluous discussion about how one should live a life of poverty, it would seem appropriate to make clear why one would even want to be poor in the first place.  Given… Read More

The Patience to Serve

As Francis continues to remind us, we are called to serve, not to be served. One of the ways is listening. A few times a month, the simply professed meet together for a presentation and a discussion about… Read More