Highlights of 2016

—Went to a few Fordham basketball games —Spent a weekend snowed in after a blizzard —Started writing weekly Frassati reflections —Went on two ski trips —Got to see several books I’ve edited come out in print —Hosted a St. Patrick’s Day/March Madness party —Watched Notre Dame win a first-round March Madness game in Brooklyn and celebrated a national … More Highlights of 2016

A Few of My Favorite Things, #16: San Giovanni della Pigna

While I was living in Rome, I made a list of churches I wanted to visit. I would take a walk by myself almost every day to visit a different church—I often revisited the ones in my neighborhood, and then on the weekends, when I had a little more time, I would wander farther away … More A Few of My Favorite Things, #16: San Giovanni della Pigna

Everyday details

True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice. —St. Francis de Sales I am currently without wifi in my apartment, hence the silence here. That should be fixed soon enough. For some reason I’ve been thinking a lot of Orange lately; I think that in the midst of a New York January I have … More Everyday details

Sacred spaces

Last week I went to a lecture by Professor Duncan Stroik on Franciscan architecture. I had to leave early (downside of living in Jersey), but it was interesting. He talked about the meaning of building a church for the poor in an architectural sense, how the churches of the Franciscan order—an order rooted in poverty—are … More Sacred spaces

7 Quick Takes Friday: Strand books, Vatican bowling, and musicals

Linking up with Jen. —1— I love browsing the $1 and $2 book racks at the Strand. There’s usually some amazing stuff hidden in there, along with some of the oddest books I’ve ever seen, including this blast from the past: [published in 1996.] [The best part is the description of the modem sound.] I … More 7 Quick Takes Friday: Strand books, Vatican bowling, and musicals