Fr. JM Hairston

  • May the Fourth Be With You

    The reason I’m making Star Wars is that I want to give young people some sort of faraway exotic environment for their imaginations to run around in,” he said in an interview. “I have a strong feeling about interesting kids in space exploration. I want them to want it. I want them to get beyond… Continue reading

  • Juneteenth and #BlackLivesMatter

    Today is Juneteenth. A day, for years, I struggled with. Considering that I learned of it only a few years back is indicative of the shoddy public school education I received. I struggled with Juneteenth for the same reason I struggle when I see my White brothers and sisters holding #BlackLivesMatter signs. “And then what?”… Continue reading

  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help…Seriously Tho!

     Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.” Today, I was reminded of the power of the intercession the Blessed Virgin, Our Lady of… Continue reading

  • Silent Warriors

    “Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle” -Psalm 144.1 Fresh off the heels of Armistice Day or more colloquially, Veterans Day I’m reflecting on the image of the Warrior, the military service member. The above photo depicts the stereotypical view (complete with ate up uniform,… Continue reading

  • Seeing God in the Midst of the Storm

    Then Moses stretched out his staff toward heaven, and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and fire came down on the earth. And the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt; there was hail with fire flashing continually in the midst of it, such heavy hail as had never fallen in all the land of… Continue reading

  • Meeting My Flock at PAX-East

       As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When… Continue reading

  • Lenten Surprises

    Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit; and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is… Continue reading

  • The End of an Era…

    My president is black, my Lambo’s blue And I’ll be ***damned if my rims ain’t too My money’s light green and my Jordans light grey…  – Young Jeezy feat. Nas, “My President”, The Recession, 2008 The above rap song was recorded shortly after then Sen. Barack Obama clinched enough delegates to secure the nomination of… Continue reading

  • Ecumenical Advent III

    Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.… Continue reading

  • Mother Teresa Becomes Saint Teresa

      Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with… Continue reading