F. Javier Orozco

FAITH AND CULTURE | Embracing the mind and heart of Christ Jesus

Currently, our culture appears obsessed with division, separation and isolation. It's hard to imagine that the world cares about consensus, unity and community. More than ever, we witness tremendous domestic, social and political polarization; it seems almost impossible to find opportunities to engage in civil discourse and dialogue with one another. Our public and political interactions are saturated with vitriolic and disheartening rhetoric that leaves us all wanting.

FAITH AND CULTURE | Remembering, renewing and rejoicing in the fire of the Spirit

In our contemporary life, transitioning from one event to another often occurs with ease and little reflection. We enjoy the thrill of the moment without paying attention to every detail. The fervor of a birthday celebration, for example, soon gives way to the excitement over the family graduation or another emerging fiesta. In short, our lives reflect a series of historical, social and political happenings that seem to come and go out of our lives with little pause for thought.

FAITH AND CULTURE | Living the resurrection with conviction, boldness and freedom

It isn't uncommon to have an intense experience in our lives, only to discover that the ardor and enthusiasm quickly dissipates into mundane routine. For instance, take birthday fiestas, weddings, family reunions, graduations and other social celebrations. Once the intensity of the moment concludes, it doesn't take long to transition to the next thing.

FAITH AND CULTURE | Our Lenten hunger and hope

In our culture of plenty, it's tough to imagine going without food or sustenance. Yet the sad reality is that the people in developing countries often experience hunger in staggering numbers. We simply don't have personal experiences of sustained physical hunger; rather, in many ways, we're able to satisfy even our smallest cravings.

FAITH AND CULTURE | Lessons learned from Jonah’s experience in the belly of the fish

Going to the movies is one of a few events with the power to bring people together and grab hold of our collective imagination. For many, the experience of going to the movies with friends or family is a common ritual. Each year, movie trailers announcing the new movie selections are critiqued and analyzed. For avid and devoted moviegoers, the fascination with the big screen often transcends genres, languages and cultures.

FAITH AND CULTURE | Lessons learned from the shop on building the Church

In the current scientific and digital culture, working with one's hands or learning to play with mechanical systems and structures seems to be a thing of the past. We're more adept at engaging digital and virtual realities, yet our familiarity with physical labor often goes lacking.

Some may recall a family member or acquaintance whose mechanical abilities were impressive. He or she would easily break down and rebuild something that needed fixing. Others remember visiting friends or colleagues and discovering wood-working or craft shops in their homes and garages.

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