Published July 3, 2019 at 10:07 AM PDT
Summertime, and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
Published June 3, 2019 at 11:06 AM PDT
The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture has had a remarkably rich year of conferences, lectures, faculty seminars, and interactions with other Jesuit institutions of higher education. In particular, I personally have been blessed by working with a remarkably talented, dedicated team of Jessica Palmer, program manager, Amber Larkin, senior administrative assistant, and Lucas Sharma, SJ, faculty fellow.
Published May 8, 2019 at 11:05 AM PDT
In the days when I was principal of Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, 1978-1983, Fr. Mike Tyrrell, the vice principal, and I made a pact: “Never make any life-changing decisions based on what happens in May.”
Published April 10, 2019 at 11:04 AM PDT
For Christians the Lenten journey continues and culminates with the Pascal Mystery. The death and resurrection of Jesus is a mystery so dense that it takes time, days and months and years, to ponder and embrace.
Published March 12, 2019 at 11:03 AM PDT
Pope Francis just concluded the extraordinary summit of 190 bishops in Rome that he called to address the worldwide crisis of sexual abuse by clergy. Those of us in the United States know that such a summit is 34 years overdue.
Published March 4, 2019 at 9:03 AM PST
The prophet Joel trumpets the call to public repentance, "return to me with your whole heart; rend your heart not your garments."
Published February 1, 2019 at 9:02 AM PST
Take delight in the LORD ,and he will grant you your heart's requests.Ps 37:4
Published January 11, 2019 at 11:01 AM PST
Each new year begins in expectation and hope. The underlying core mission of the ICTC is that we are agents of hope, or as St. Paul mystically suggests, “We are stewards of the mystery of God.”
Published December 11, 2018 at 10:12 AM PST
The holy season of Christmas rolls around once again, and we have the Advent opportunity to enter into the quiet of these darkened days, letting God dwell more fully in our minds and hearts. It’s a time for family and friends, greeting cards, sacred music concerts, and, sometimes, by a quirk of grace, a surprise visit from an old friend.
Published November 7, 2018 at 4:11 PM PST
November is the month that we remember the dead—all our beloved friends and family members who have gone on before us. As I grow older, that great cloud of witnesses—people I have known and loved—grows larger and larger. Just this last month I conducted three funerals or memorials.
Published October 25, 2018 at 4:10 PM PDT
One of the challenges we face as a center for the Catholic Intellectual heritage is that our audience is diffused and has multiple levels of knowledge and experience. Some of us have been acutely aware of the seriousness of this issue for at least 33 years when Fr. Tom Doyle, O.P. first briefed all the American bishops on the intractability and incurability of the proclivity towards abuse of minors and outlined for all the bishops precisely what had to be done.
Published October 2, 2018 at 4:10 PM PDT
Classes have finally started. And the Upper Mall is now bustling with students walking to and fro, enjoying the crisp, colorful autumn air. Keats had it right in his “Ode to Autumn”—“season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.” Enjoy the splendor of falling leaves.
Published September 5, 2018 at 4:09 PM PDT
Such an accounting seems eminently timely as we begin another academic year. “To give an account for the hope in us,” it’s not sufficient simply to catalogue all the terrific events that ICTC hosts, the grants it unleashes for faculty research, or the generous support elicited in donors, we need to delve deeper into the very purpose of the Institute.
Published May 30, 2018 at 12:05 PM PDT
It is my honor to share a beautiful expression of the world to which the ICTC is called, a beautiful poem written for the institute by Gabriella Gutiérrez & Muhs, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Modern Languages.
Published November 26, 2017 at 12:11 PM PST
As we enter into this new liturgical year and this season of Advent, may this liminal time be filled with hopeful anticipation of the promised future. So much has happened this year that invites us to ground ourselves more deeply in our fundamental source of meaning and in our shared identities as the beloved of God. It is important to remember that the increasingly dark days of the present are moving us towards the breaking in of the light. We are called to dare forth as people of the light!