Misunderstanding and the (Ordinary) Holy Family of Jesus

Today is the Feast of the Holy Family, the first Sunday after Christmas that marks the celebration of Jesus’s nuclear family — Mary, Joseph, and the child Jesus. The Gospel for today is the famous passage from Luke that features the pre-teen Jesus getting away from his parents in order to talk with and, subsequently, […]

The ‘Feast of Holy Innocents’ Two Weeks After the Newtown Massacre

This reflection originally appeared on The Huffington Post religion page on 28 December 2012. Exactly two weeks, to the day, after the tragic slaying of twenty schoolchildren and the six adults who sought to protect them, several Christian communities (Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans) celebrate the annual “Feast of the Holy Innocents,” a memorial which appears […]

Christmas Has Only Just Begun!

This reflection originally appeared in The Huffington Post on Christmas Eve 2012. Christmas is much more than a one-day event. While many people are familiar with the multi-week length of liturgical seasons throughout the Christian calendar — Ordinary Time, Advent and Lent, for example — few realize that Christmas is not just the celebration of the Nativity […]

Dating God Podcast #21 — Fran Rossi Szpylczyn Returns to Podcast!

This episode of the Dating God Podcast is the last of the Calendar Year 2012. Just a few days before Christmas, Fran Rossi Szpylczyn, who had previously been a guest on the podcast back in 2011, returns to talk about her social media ministry and her contributions to a new book titled, Hungry, And You Fed Me: Homilies […]