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La fuerza católica

This is the second part of the “Three Baptisms” series. Click here for Part 1.

“I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” the priest said as he poured water over my head from a scoop shaped like a seashell. 698 more words


The Last Real Man in St. Louis

The street was barely moving,
A shining sheet of rain,
And whale’s spray from the rush
In a greater hurry than I-
Needled my windshield relentlessly, 147 more words


Will You Sweep Away the Righteous with the Wicked?

When I was in college, I thought America was pretty wonderful. As I got older, I was bombarded with the many ways she has fallen from her ideals, and I felt obligated to pretend that there wasn’t anything fundamentally wrong, or at least nothing that we couldn’t overcome. 199 more words

How to get beyond our disappointment in God

Right now I’m sitting on the porch of “La Cabinette”.

It’s’ very quiet here, except on the weekends when kayakers transport their kayaks to the river a mile down the road. 1,034 more words



dumbfounded is a place
cut like a chasm in the gut
a sharp and instant color of
the space between two moments
dark and seeming without cause… 93 more words


Being Catholic is an "all skate!" dance

Have you ever been to an old-fashioned roller-rink?  When I was growing up, the local youth group would sometimes have skating parties.  At these parties there would be times when only the boys would skate (typically with no music and they would race as fast as possible).  759 more words