Author Archives: Justin

Yes, Virginia, There is Still Racism and Colorism

I write this not to equate my experience with those of who suffer the at-times-frustrating, at-times-horrific, but always-absurd effects of racism and colorism. After all, I am an American of primarily European descent who enjoys many of the privileges of … Continue reading

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A Story About You and Me: Myth, Demythologization, and the Surplus of Meaning, on the Eve of the Opening of the Museum of the Bible

“TWO creation stories? What do you mean the Bible has TWO creation stories?” Well, in the first one, God creates the earth, populates it with animals, and then creates men and women to have stewardship over it. “And the second … Continue reading

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Togetherness and Difference: A Homily for the Class of 2017

Togetherness and Difference A Homily for the Class of 2017 Justin C. Maaia John 4:5-15, 19-26, 40-42: So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s … Continue reading

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A Hot Date With Christ: Another Homily Ripped Off of Steve Antil

I know it’s kind of a throwback, but I want to ask…How many of you have seen the film “Freaky Friday?” If you haven’t seen it, it’s the story of a mother and daughter who don’t understand or get along … Continue reading

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To My Dear Friends and Family Who Voted for Donald Trump:

I know you are not racists, bigots, sexists, misogynists, or homophobes. But I would like you to know why so many of your fellow Americans are upset with you. I don’t think most people can hear this message above the … Continue reading

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A Letter To My Students:

When you go out into the world, especially the academic world, you will undoubtedly be confronted by something called “reductionism.” Reductionism is when we reduce something to some other thing. It is when we analyze a whole into its parts … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Mixing Politics and Religion

I keep seeing this bumper sticker that says, “The last time we mixed politics with religion, people got burned at the stake.” But I am pretty sure the last time we mixed politics with religion was when Gandhi freed India … Continue reading

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A quick thought on high school curriculum

Two of the United States’ most enduring and influential cultural products, known and respected worldwide, and yet in my experience scarcely known by our students upon graduation are: 1. The philosophical tradition know as Pragmatism 2. Jazz The latter’s omission … Continue reading

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Terror and Abundance: An Advent Reflection

(So much of this is stolen from or inspired by Steve Antil, Peg Downing, the general energy of all the St. Joseph Central High School community, and my family and friends. If you like it, thank them for the message. … Continue reading

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A Word on the Koran

Nowhere in the Koran does it say that girls should not be educated; Nowhere in the Koran does it say that a man should throw a bucket of acid on the face of his daughter if she disrespects her family’s … Continue reading

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