• Apostles' Field Guide podcast,  Where Peter Is

    New Podcast – Apostles’ Field Guide

    I’m excited to share with you a new project that I’ve been working on, the Apostles’ Field Guide podcast. I love reading the Catechism and I study papal encyclicals for fun (which is a useful hobby when your day job is a parish catechist). I believe the Holy Spirit speaks to all the faithful through the pope and the bishops, and that the Spirit’s words can transform our hearts so that we can be agents of mercy in the world. However, these documents can be intimidating and difficult to understand. I wanted to create a resource that breaks down those…

  • Commentary,  LGBT,  Pope Francis

    Infinitely loved by God

    Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against their employees because of sex also prevents them from discriminating against employees because of sexual orientation and gender identity. In response to that…

  • Reflection,  Where Peter Is

    May we be profoundly shaken

    For the past couple of weeks I have taken up Pope Francis’s recent encouragement that we read his encyclical Laudato Si. I’m ashamed to say that I’d never read it before, but I decided that now is as good a time as any…

  • Commentary,  Where Peter Is

    You are your Brother’s Keeper

    Across the country, bishops are gradually beginning to allow public Masses again. This process will be slow-going, and the dioceses that are reopening have extended the dispensation of the faithful from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass. How public liturgies look…

  • Reflection,  Where Peter Is

    Is this a divine punishment?

    I think it’s completely natural for believers to look at this pandemic and the profound suffering it is causing and ask themselves “why?” The Catechism calls the experience of suffering and evil a “scandal” before going on to say, “If…

  • Reflection,  Where Peter Is

    At every time and in every place

    Millions of Catholics around the world are now facing the reality that they won’t be able to attend any Holy Week liturgies or receive Communion on Easter Sunday. The Triduum is one of my favorite times of the year. I…

  • Reflection,  Where Peter Is

    “I am with you always”

    When I hear the words “Apostolic Penitentiary,” I don’t usually think about the maternal love of the Church (actually, I had to go to Wikipedia to look up exactly what this tribunal does when I first heard of it). However, when I…

  • Reflection,  Where Peter Is

    Who we know God is

    Recently I’ve been struck by a verse in chapter seventeen of John’s Gospel. Jesus is with his apostles during the last supper, offering a long prayer, and at one point he says to his Heavenly Father, “Now this is eternal…

  • Reflection,  Where Peter Is

    Be Perfect

    The gospel reading today ends with Jesus summing up his great Sermon on the Mount by saying, “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” We can easily misunderstand what this passage means and leave feeling like Jesus is placing…

  • LGBT,  Where Peter Is

    The Living Bridge to LGBT Catholics

    Earlier this month I attended a talk by Dr. Mary Healy, professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, during the 2020 Encounter Conference on the topic of Christian unity. Dr. Healy proposed a wonderful image for ecumenism that I’ve been…