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  • "Uncomfortably Close," Give Us This Day, 14 February 2020

  • Not By Bread Alone, Daily Reflections for Lent 2020 (Liturgical Press)

  • No sólo de pan, Reflexiones diarias para Cuaresma 2020 (Liturgical Press), trans. Luis Baudry-Simon

  • "Warm and Wild Grace" Give Us This Day, August 2019 (Opening essay)

  • "Be Opened" Give Us This Day, 14 February 2019

  • Rejoice and Be Glad, Daily Reflections for Easter 2019 (Liturgical Press) with Jerome Kodell, OSB; Rachelle Linner; Ronald Witherup, PSS; Catherine Upchurch; Jay Cormier; Genevieve Glen, OSB

  • "Mercy Utterly Undeserved"Give Us This Day, 7 April 2019

  • "A Time for Way-Finding" Give Us This Day, December 2018 (Opening Essay)

  • "Eat My Words" Give Us This Day, 1 August 2018

  • "Reaching for the Mercy" Give Us This Day, 8 April 2018

  • Not By Bread Alone, Daily Reflections for Lent 2018 (Liturgical Press)

  • "Pondering" Give Us This Day, 24 December 2017

  • "Overflowing with God's Glory" Give Us This Day, April 2017 introductory essay

  • "All Flame" Give Us This Day, 25 December 2016

  • "The Wisdom of the Nets" Give Us This Day, 1 September 2016

  • "Pope writes most tender answers to kids' hardest questions" A review of Pope Francis' book for children Dear Pope Francis, Catholic News Service, April 2016

  • ​​​"We are never alone" Give Us This Day, May 2016 (reflection on Psalm 139: from you knit me together in my mother's womb to If I bed down in Sheol—there You are); won 3rd place at 2017 Catholic Press Association Awards, for best essay in a spirituality magazine.

  • "Into the Torrents of Time" Give Us This Day, 26 March 2016 (a reflection for Easter Vigil)

  • "A Hard Teaching" Give Us This Day, 4 October 2015 (a reflection on marriage for the opening of the 2016 Synod on the Family)

  • "Una conversación imaginada: El encuentro de la ciencia y la fe" AL DÍA, 22 September 2015 (fiction) (English here)

  • "Prayer Before Study" Give Us This Day, September 2015 (on St. Thomas Aquinas' prayer before study)

  • "Overwhelmed by the Word" Give Us This Day, 1 July 2015

  • "Stealing Moments of Quiet" Catholic Update, May 2015

  • "Listen" Give Us This Day, 12 March 2015

  • "Sacred Family Portraits" Give Us This Day, 28 December 2014

  • Sick and you cared for me, Homilies and Reflections for Cycle B (Homilists for the Homeless, ed. James Knipper):  9th and 21st Sundays in Ordinary Time, Clear Faith Publishing, 2014

  • "An Ineluctable Longing" Give Us This Day, 15 August 2014

  • "Uninhibited Prayer" Give Us This Day, 1 March 2014

  • Naked and You Clothed Me, Homilies and Reflections for Cycle A (Homilists for the Homeless, ed. James Knipper):  2nd Sunday of Lent and 7th Sunday of Easter, Clear Faith Publishing, 2013

  • "A Light Undimmed," Give Us This Day, 1 January 2013

  • "Credo," Give Us This Day, 1 June 2013

  • "Murmuring," Give Us This Day, 13 December 2013 

  • "Uninhibited Prayer," Give Us This Day, 1 March 2014 

  • "Silence Speaks Volumes," Liguorian Magazine, October 2013

  • Como vivir tu penitencia, (Spanish translation of pamphlet Living Your Penance: Reconciliation and Renewal), Liguori Press, 2013 (Kindle version here)

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