Author: Matt Kappadakunnel

God’s Community of Love

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, May 30, 2021 — The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.  Last Saturday, my infant son received the Sacrament of Baptism. When the celebrant poured holy water over my son’s head and used...

God’s Community of Love

Ascension via Kenosis

In worldly terms, ascension connotes a promotion or a rise in status. Society encourages us to ascend corporate and social ladders in order to enrich our lives with more opportunity, more money, and more prestige. In Christian terms, however, Jesus...

Ascension via Kenosis

We must reform and renew Catholic apologetics

I grew up in Southern California, home to the burgeoning Catholic apologetics movement that began in the 1990s and maintains a prominent presence today. St. Joseph Radio, based in Orange, and Catholic Answers in El Cajon began their operations in...

We must reform and renew Catholic apologetics

Interceding like Mary

Intercessory prayer has been a part of my life since I can remember. My family prayed daily since I was an infant. Our prayer time included worship songs, Scripture, and petitions. We would close by singing the Our Father together....

Interceding like Mary

Encountering Christ the Consoler

As Lent 2021 began, many joked that they felt the penitential season had not ended since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. While well-meaning, this humor belies the profound stress, change, fear, sickness, and loss that has transpired...

Encountering Christ the Consoler

From Cancellation to Transformation

Cancel Culture, a term of recent origin often possessing a negative connotation, usually occurs after a person’s offensive words or harmful actions become public. The outcry from the public can lead to the person’s loss of employment, status, and/or reputation—thereby...

From Cancellation to Transformation

Choose Mercy this Lent

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus challenges us to go “and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice’” (9:13). Here Jesus quotes from Hosea Chapter 6, which begins with a call to return to the Lord who will...

Choose Mercy this Lent

Meeting Pope Francis: Memories of an Encounter

Meeting Pope Francis was an unforgettable experience. In the winter of 2017, my wife and I planned a “babymoon” trip to Italy and France. We planned to spend the beginning of our trip in Rome around Christmastime. Through our parish,...

Meeting Pope Francis: Memories of an Encounter

GameStop and the Call to Solidarity

GameStop made headlines this week when its stock price skyrocketed, shocking the investment community. After some hedge fund giants placed bets that the company’s stock price would fall (by short-selling the stock), their bets had abysmal results as retail investors...

GameStop and the Call to Solidarity