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March 19, 2020

Masses are canceled in dioceses across our land due to a pandemic that needs no introduction, but apparently the other causes of death in the U.S. need re-introduction: heart disease - about 655,000 deaths per year; abortion - about 638,000 per year; cancer - about 600,000; the common flu - about 59,000; pneumonia, which has a death rate of 10 perc...

March 5, 2020


Just as a refresher, I'd like give a brief overlook of what Rambling Spirit magazine is about, and its unique role in young adult communities and the new evangelization.

Catholicism is not just about faith and morals -- it's not something that can be confined within our church walls on Sunday -- rather, our religion offers a full worldview that s...

December 21, 2019

Catholic culture is an elusive term. It is -- by definition -- the most nuanced, most diverse, most complex culture on the planet. Catholics practice their faith freely in some areas and underground in others. They're among the poor and the rich. Indian Catholics are completely different from American Catholics. In fact, Filipino Catholics have dif...

October 30, 2019

A man walks down the main street of a traditional American town. He sees a pharmacy, a bank, a few restaurants, a police office and a church. Does it occur to him that a grand history of ideas has come together in the place that is right before his eyes? Or does he just see it all working together by chance? 

We could go into deeper detail abou...

September 29, 2019

Many of us millennials chose a profession at a young age, pursued the pertaining academic path, and then began a career in that profession that will consume the greater part of our life. We went to college to learn a trade, not to become educated. Our true education will come from life experience, because our academic education just gave we what we...

December 31, 2018

The Giants lost yet another close game to end their season 5-11. As upsetting as this is, there are still some positive things to remember. I strongly believe that those who have gone through adversity together grow stronger together. Seven of the Giants' 11 losses this season were by one score or less; so if any team knows adversity, it's this 201...

July 15, 2016

There are countless articles online about how to write well, and most of them recommend starting with some sort of structure, outline or formula. Sure, you can follow their advice, but to me it’s all just a bunch of poppycock.

Here’s why. First of all, it makes no sense to start with a plan for your article because you need to have an idea to write...

June 16, 2016

Have you ever noticed how people like to plan just about everything? I mean everything from what we’re going to do for a career to where we’re going on vacation next year; it all hinges upon our plans.  Even things we know are out of our control, like the weather and sports scores, are fair game when it comes to harmonizing our will with the future...

May 23, 2016

Future me, I hope you still kneel and pray before bed at night.
I hope you’re still pursuing your dreams, so my mentors turn out right
when they say you have a gift that needs a lot of love;
a gift that can only shine forth if you let that girl go,

because eventually you’ll have to choose one

or the other. My God, it’s about time to move on.
Good rid...

May 10, 2016

One of the criticisms I've gotten about Rambling Spirit is that it will inevitably have a slant or spin to it, like so many publications do. But I say that doesn't have to be the case. I truly believe a publication can wholeheartedly, objectively and impartially represent any point of view it chooses, and offer comprehensive articles on any topic t...

April 15, 2016

 

I read so many "how to" articles and blog posts that they tend to discourage me more than anything, because as I'm reading them I think to myself, "I don't know how to do anything this thoroughly." My line of work involves concepts and ideals, and the only tangible fruit of my labor is seeing my words on a page. It can appear as vanity if I don't...

February 16, 2016

Something occurred to me the other day after getting ashes. Even when we think we have outsmarted Catholicism, even when we think we have come up with a better way of life, the Catholic life sneaks up on us and somehow gets us to stop everything, go to church, and mark our foreheads with dust in the middle of the work week. 

This is why I believe-...

February 2, 2016

Several weeks ago I attended a talk about the Incarnation given by Fr. Stephen DeLacy, vocations director in the Philly Archdiocese. He discussed the concept of  “kenosis,” (Greek for self-emptying), and ever since I have been seeing the relevance of this word in my life, and its connection to the very life lessons I need to learn. In St. Paul’s le...

August 28, 2015

Part of the reason we hesitate to evangelize sometimes, I believe, is that we can't find our part in the story. What story? My point exactly. Maybe we have the mundane landscape of postmodern America to blame, or the decades of catechesis that taught a vanilla faith; whatever the cause, it has made the big picture hazy. We've replaced the fire of t...

September 25, 2014

While deciding to write this post, I admit that I was troubled at many steps along the way. When someone knows so little about a subject, especially a whole religion, it's easy for others to get upset or offended when that someone tries to share the little bit he knows. Nonetheless, putting aside what people may think of my ignorance, I proceed.  


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