“IF YOU CAN’T STAND YOUR PROBLEMS, TRY KNEELING”

PITTSBURGH

Back from Pittsburgh–loved it, loved the people, loved the whole experiences. Just stellar. Possibly more later, after I get some sleep. While there, I put in a request to be an honorary Yinz. ***** The three best pieces I’ve read on the sexual abuse in the Church. “Here Comes Everybody: On prayer, the lessons of […]

MORE ON OXFORD AND AN AWARD

PORT MEADOW

My humble arts and culture column just won a Catholic Press Association First Place for the second year running: Catholic Press Association 2018: M05a: BEST REGULAR COLUMN:  Spiritual Life First Place Angelus, “Crux” by Heather King Standout set of entries featuring well-written content regarding important issues of the day.​” Here’s this week’s column:  Every so often […]

THE WOMEN WHO SAVED THE CALIFORNIA DESERTS

MOJAVE DESERT

The Mojave National Preserve boasts 1.6 million acres of desert scrub, mountains, mesas, canyons, abandoned homesteads, and sand dunes. You motor up the 15, jump off at Baker and, instead of heading west for Death Valley, turn east instead. It’s free. No permit is required. And you’re very much on your own. After leaving the […]

WAITING FOR THE SWALLOWS TO RETURN TO SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

March 19 is the Feast of St. Joseph. Only many years after coming into the Church did I learn that it’s a day, for Italians at least, upon which Lenten fasting is (perhaps unofficially) lifted (except for meat). Such is the fate of converts, sweating tears of blood as we refrain from, say, sugar, while […]

LMU’S CASA DE LA MATEADA

Casa de la Mateada is a study-abroad experience, offered by our own Loyola Marymount University, that takes place over the course of a semester in Córdoba, Argentina. The program is built on four “pillars”: Community, Accompaniment, Spirituality, and Academics. Its name derives from “the beloved Argentinian drink, mate, often shared among families, friends and communities […]