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All posts by Matt Spotts, SJ

Matt is a native of Cincinnati and entered the Jesuits after graduating from Fordham University. He has a master’s degree in Early Modern European history from Saint Louis University with a concentration in the religious and cultural life of the Reformation era. He taught history and religious studies at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School and studied at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. He was ordained a priest in 2019.

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The Spiritual Life as Fickle Fan

The Spiritual Life as Fickle Fan

I am a proud member of one of the most fickle fan bases in all of soccer. When the team is playing well I wax lyrical, and when they’re poor I groan and sulk… sounds a lot like the spiritual life, no?

Trayvon Martin and Me

Trayvon Martin and Me

In all my well-intentioned hand-wringing, I indulged in the old platitude about “how far we have to go.” But here’s the problem: when I think “we,” what I really mean is “they”…

When Scripture Is Disturbing

When Scripture Is Disturbing

I doubt that I’m the only one who’s ever been bothered by scripture. In fact, in a backwards sort of way, being bothered by scriptures can actually be a good thing…

The Best Penance Ever

The Best Penance Ever

Penance doesn’t make the hurt feelings disappear like my brother Jesuits when it’s time to empty the dishwasher, but it does start the process of getting back into the habits of good relationship, into the habit of enjoying God.