Author Archives: Justin

An Easter Homily

Easter Homily on John 20:11-18 April 7, 2015 I was wondering if we could try a little call-and-response for a minute: Alleluia! The Lord is risen! And you say: The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia! The Lord is risen! … Continue reading

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Daish or Isis?

A military friend of mine just told me that ISIS actually called themselves “Daish.” This word means something like “to tread under foot” and it is an acronym for a phrase similar to the one “ISIS” represents. Despite retaining the … Continue reading

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There should be no “I” in “ISIS”

I’m sort of relieved to see Egypt strike back against ISIS and its recent slaughter of Christians. And I wish we would stop referring to them as “ISIS” or “ISIL.” It’s as if this “Islamic State” doesn’t know one thing … Continue reading

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What’s In A Name?

Isn’t it funny that we refer to storms by personal names such as “Katrina” or “Octavia,” or “Neptune”? We even assign agency to them, as when we say “Neptune really caused havoc for Boston today.” We are even allowed to … Continue reading

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A Unified Theory?

I don’t think there will ever be a unified theory of everything in physics. This is because this everything is rooted in something that eludes theory, a spirit that is unpredictable, unmanageable, that defies formulation and theory. It is pure … Continue reading

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Irrelevant Work That Has No Value

To those who are disparaging professors: I have been deeply disturbed over the last year or so by the small but vocal number of people—colleagues, friends, family (many of them teachers!)—who have disparaged tenured professors, basically saying in one form … Continue reading

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What’s sad?

What’s sad? Everything looks sad to me today. That building, that doorway is sad. That parking lot looks sad. That person is sad. That car is sad. What is it about that apartment that makes it look so sad? It … Continue reading

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The Reason for the Zombie Apocalypse

I know the reason for our obsession with the apocalypse. It has nothing to do with the millennium, or the supposed end of the Mayan calendar, or certain Christian groups’ obsession with the Book of Revelation and the “Left Behind” … Continue reading

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Religion is a Game

Religion is a game.  I do not mean this in any kind of a reductionist or derogatory sense (e.g., “Catholicism is just a game—play by the rules (the Ten Commandments, the sacraments) and you win.”)  I mean it in a … Continue reading

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God-as-Nothing

“When you are art gone forth wholly from the creature [human], and have become nothing to all that is nature and creature, then you are in that eternal one, which is God himself, and then you will perceive and feel … Continue reading

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