Light Pollution

They built the 7-11 when I was in middle school. I remember it vividly, not because it was the second gas station in town, but because it brought a set of parking-lot lights that cut into the night sky like … Continue reading

The Paradox of Christian Autobiography

“Know thyself,” proclaimed the oracle at Delphi. St Catherine of Siena echoed this teaching with her emphasis on the importance of the “cell of self-knowledge” to the spiritual life. But how can I know myself? This question became especially pertinent … Continue reading

Loop

Our pets lived in an unnatural environment, but to be fair, they were strange pets. Mary Elizabeth, a black widow that Danny had caught with a plastic cup, lurked in an upside-down, gallon sized pickle jar. (Danny’s fiancée—also named Mary … Continue reading

The True Axis of the Earth

In C. S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce, dead souls ascend by bus from a hellish suburbia to the edge of heaven. For the dead souls, everything in this new land overwhelms. The leaves are heavy, the light blinding, even the … Continue reading

The First Revelation

Cheese samples in a grocery store bear the sticker, “Try me!” The Nightmare Before Christmas effortlessly entices a certain fondness of itself in its soundtrack, characters, and quirky story. The Brothers Karamazov is the sort of novel that so totally … Continue reading

God’s Work of Art

“We are God’s great, wondrous work of art” may sound like a cheesy lyric from a modern hymn, but it conveys a surprisingly challenging theological message. While it is true enough that good art is appreciated around the world, works … Continue reading

Of Mice and Martin

He never met a miracle he didn’t like. That is to say, St. Martin de Porres was a prolific miracle-worker. In his meekness he never tried to draw attention to the marvels he worked, but his miraculous output, prodigious as … Continue reading