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The desert has the biggest sky

The desert has the biggest sky

Zion, Mojave, Red Rock. I’ve been to these deserts, walked their canyons, seen their contours. I’ve stood at the Grand Canyon and Sedona, and driven the long, lonely interstate through Utah. And it was beautiful. The experience of same-sex attraction ...

Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday, and the mystery of God’s love

I’ve been intentionally celibate since entering the seminary more than a quarter century ago, so it has been quite a while since I’ve given much thought to Valentine’s Day.  But even priests are paying attention to it this year, given ...

An identity made for love

“O Lord, who are You? O Lord, who am I?” This simple, profound prayer seems tailor-made for young people at the beginning of the twenty-first century. We’re caught up like never before in a quest to define ourselves, to understand ...

All We Need Is Love?

I have been ruminating about Courage and Encourage for the last month or so. This morning, I woke up singing the Beatles\' anthem to myself and wondering how much truth there is in it. My initial response as I woke ...

Original Personhood: Identity & Theology of the Body

This week I changed login information for one of my many online applications. In one section, I could select a new update.   Male. Female. I prefer not to say.   How do you identify? “Identity politics” has gotten a lot of play across the red-blue ...

Social media and the Christian responsibility to speak the truth with love

The clarity and compassion with which Catholics discuss the topic of same-sex attraction in the public forum has improved significantly over the past decade or so. This is owing to a greater understanding of scientific, psychological, and pastoral considerations connected with homosexuality, and especially of the persons who live with this ...

On behalf of the Courage, EnCourage, and Truth and Love community, may you all have a happy and blessed Christmas!

“Coming out” at Christmas: A pastoral response to parents

Amid the many joys of the Christmas season, we also come face to face with many challenges. It’s an incredibly busy time, for a start, which often leaves little time or energy for the kind of spiritual preparation that such ...

The Vernacular of Pornography Part II: Our Pornographic Lives

Click here to read \"The Vernacular of Pornography Part I: The Metaphysics of Porn\" This attitude of preferring the simulation of potentiality over the tactile heft of actuality has seeped into the world of things, and also the world of ...