Coming Soon: Holiday Season Series!

Sometimes you see things that just make you think.
Sometimes you see things that just make you think.

Entering the Thanksgiving – Christmas season (known to Catholics as “Advent” because we await the “advent” or “coming” of Christ) I’ve had a number of inspiring experienes:  (A) sitting on the Mall admiring the Capitol… yes, even with all the scaffolding on it  (B) attending the wake of a Bishop who just died (C) meeting a student from Georgetown who’s majoring in “Social Justice.”   Very diverse encounters to be sure, but they got me thinking about a major theme for this season and this town: desire.  Over the next few days I’ll be posting on some different dimensions of desire in our life as Washingtonians:

  • “On Ambition”
  • The Desire for “Peace on Earth and Goodwill Toward Men”
  • “The Deepest Roots and Highest Aspirations of our Yearnings: ‘The Love that Moves the Stars’ ”

I hope you’ll find these musings both edifying and useful.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Hidden treasure!

DC's Very Own Spanish Steps, seriously.  Have you been to them?
DC’s Very Own Spanish Steps, seriously. Have you been to them?

DC has so many hidden gems… This is one of my favorites for Strolling on a nice day! (22nd St NW above Mass. Ave.) What are your favorite hidden treasures in our city?

Have you seen these men?

 

 

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Despite their gleaming finishes, you might easily miss these men.  These are the Marconi monument (West side of 16th Street, NW in Mount Pleasant), and the African American Civil War Memorial (U St, NW).  Multitudes of monuments mark our metropolis.  Passing them routinely, we can become immune to their message, but they’re all worth thinking about.

Lately in ministry we hear a lot about being “intentional disciples” to improve the quality of our lives of faith.  Our monuments (even little ones like Mr. Marconi ) can serve the same purpose.  A call to intentional citizenship.  We stand on the shoulders of those who went before us.  Without the soldiers of the Union, we wouldn’t have a country.  Without Marconi we might not have radio technology and I might not be able to blog!

Taking a minute to think about who’s memory I’m passing on the bus can be an inspiration to give my all and leave a better city for future generations of Washingtonians.  How can I leave a good mark today?