What I’m Working On
The year 2020 promises to be an exciting one for me, with several new projects coming online. I’m not at liberty to say anything just yet, but if you want to be among the first to know, I invite you to follow me on Facebook or Twitter, and to subscribe to my weekly newsletter, These Seven Days.
A New Voice for a New Time
“Detachment Parenting,” Fare Forward, Winter 2018
“Christ’s mercy touches society’s untouchables,” Scottish Catholic Observer, 10 November 2017
“Her Name is Monroe Christine,” First Things, 15 June 2018
“American Catholics made a deal with liberalism. It hasn’t worked out,” Catholic Herald, 7 June 2019
Have a writing project you don’t know what to do with? A manuscript you need help shaping into a book? I’m happy to consult with you about your work, bringing my editing experience and intuition to the table to make your project a success. Let me know how I can help.
Here are some of the books that I’ve edited or contributed to:
My goal is to deliver timeless truths in a way you’ve never heard before. The same old cliches no longer work–if they ever did. It’s time for a new wave of Catholic creativity: Let me bring mine to your event.
See and Hear Me
Fountains of Carrots | Haley Stewart & Christy Isinger
The UnCommon Good | Bo Bonner & Dr. Bud Marr
Other radio appearances include NPR, EWTN Radio, Ave Maria Radio, and many more.
Princeton, NJ: The Love and Fidelity Network Annual Conference // Friday, November 8 & Saturday, November 9 // Princeton University // Moderator
Cincinnati, OH: The Aquinas Society // Tuesday, November 19 at 7 p.m. // St. Gertrude Church // “The Catholic Family in a Secular Society”
I’m excited to help to make your event as professional and successful as possible. Let me know what you’re looking for in a speaker, and we can craft an appearance that will suit your particular needs. I’m happy to speak on any of the topics listed around this site, including:
The Catholic Family in a Secular Society
The Sacramentality of Friendship
Openness to God in a Sterile Age
Renewal 2050: A Vision for the Next Generation of the Church in America
Bold, Hope-Filled, Forward-Thinking
I see Marian processions, like the ones held by the Latino Catholics one neighborhood over, but integrated and teeming. I hear the Angelus bell like the Islamic call to prayer. I see the Divine Office being celebrated as a regular part of parish life. I see more poor people than rich, but I see them all worshipping together.
I see people in and around the church at all hours. I see unlocked church doors upstairs and a pay-what-you-can café downstairs. I see an unassuming but welcoming place to sleep. I smell incense hours after the most recent Mass. I see public fliers for Eucharistic Adoration, not just for fundraising events. I hear children before I see them – before, during and after Mass. I see the elderly helping with childcare and children helping with eldercare. I see a pastor and his assistant priest, taxed but not overwhelmed by their duties.
[Adapted from an essay in the Catholic Herald, November 2018]
In my writing and speaking, I aim not just to describe and to analyze but, in some small way, to bring into being a renaissance of integrated Catholic living. This vision is fully catholic: confident, comprehensive, and unbounded by the compartmentalization enforced by liberal modernity. It is about personal holiness and structural justice. It is about families and parishes. It is about politics and economics and technology and ecclesiology. But most of all it is about prayer and the sacraments, and thus the reality of grace–that limitless resource of peace and perfection that for too long has been left untapped, considered even by those whose business is grace to be a quaint conviction or an optional accessory to a bland “goodness.” This page might be called “My Vision,” but I can’t take credit for it. It’s the vision of the saints. My goal is simply to articulate it for our time.
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All photography, including images of iconic Pittsburgh churches, was created by my sister, Megan McGinley. Visit her website for more information and for bookings.