The Mandalorian: A story of religious life

http://traffic.libsyn.com/everydayliminality/4-2._Mandalorian.m4a The Mandalorian is catching the world by storm. It’s got action and adventure, plot twists and betrayal. It’s even got a baby version of Yoda! For Star Wars nerds, there is plenty of nostalgia to go around,… Read More

Another Look At The Vow of Poverty

Longtime blog followers will know that I have written a lot about the vow of poverty. It is very misunderstood, often neglected, and rarely means much in our practical lives as friars. We are told we must live… Read More

I Didn’t Do Anything

Sometimes, doing nothing is the worst thing of all

You Can Be As Poor As You Want

I have mentioned a number of times that Franciscan poverty, freeing oneself of material possessions in order to identify with the poor Jesus, was a major attraction to me in my discernment; receiving a minor in Poverty Studies… Read More

The Friars Should Not Receive Money?

Every Friday morning after the office the leader of prayer reads a chapter of the Rule of St. Francis (1223) and we take fifteen minutes to meditate on its meaning in our life today. It is a great practice… Read More

Not So Minor

A man of great conversion, Francis is probably most well-known for dramatically renouncing his earthly wealth and high social status in order to minister to the lepers, those people so sick and disgusting that they needed to live outside the… Read More

The Medium is the Message

As Christians, I’d say that our “message” is pretty good: the eternal and all loving God, wanting to be one with all that God created, became human, experienced all that we experience, died and rose again forgiving all… Read More

Begging For Your Respect

                    Yesterday when I was riding the bus to school, a man in his thirties got on the bus and began soliciting help from everyone one the bus. For… Read More

My [Continued] Struggle With Poverty

With the conclusion of this four part series on poverty, I would like to begin right where I left off because I believe that my motivation for writing these posts over the past few weeks is encapsulated in this… 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

My Struggle With Poverty

Sometimes we find ourselves intending to worship one God, but acting like we worship another. I struggle with this discrepancy in my life, especially as a vowed religious. Let’s be honest right off the bat: who am I… Read More