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

There Are Things I Can’t Show You

I present a lot about our life as friars, but it is not an open book. Some things just can’t be shared. And that’s a shame, because they’re the best parts.

The Future of Religious Life

Many see religious life as a dying institution. I see it as an institution in transformation.

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

On My Own?

A reunion with friends reminded me how much I’m giving up to be a friar, and why I’m called to something different.

Discernment Never Ends

Even if we know where we’re going, there’s still discernment on how to get there

Commitment is Radical

Yesterday morning, I was a part of a beautiful, powerfully inspirational ceremony in New York in which three men committed themselves to a life of poverty, chastity, and obedience in the way of St. Francis of Assisi. To… Read More

The Irony of Being Celibate

Today I attended a three-hour sexuality workshop to fulfill requirements set by the Church and my province. It was the first of two sessions that we will attend this year, the second level of a four-year program. Prior… Read More

Tying The Knot(s)

Tomorrow morning I will profess my Temporary, or “Simple,” Vows as a Franciscan Friar. What’s that mean, you ask? It means that starting tomorrow I am bound by canon law and the Order of Friars Minor to live… Read More

Back In The Habit!

After 344 days of blog-less activity, deep in prayer and preparation in order to profess vows, I’m back! It’s been a long but fruitful year, and I have a lot to share. I’ve cherished my time here in… Read More

We Met A Cardinal!

For all you Braves and Phillies fans out there, all Cardinals are not enemies. In some cases, they’re wonderful men who commit their lives to the service of the Church, responsible for overseeing the spiritual well being of… Read More