A personal Collect

“Father and Son”, by Danny Hahlbohm (Painting — Oil On Canvas). Source: fineartamerica.

Let us pray.

Lord God,
who is my true and loving Father,
grant me an open heart like your Son’s Heart
to accept and to receive your fatherly Love, and
empowered by this Love,
let me go forth and spread the Gospel wherever I go.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever. Amen.
+AMDG+

Leo Rander is a soon-to-be Novice scholastic with the USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) who is passionate about liturgical theology and choral music.


Hand over your blueprints to the Lord God

Pripyat, Ukraine, a ghost city. Source: boredpanda.

Uncertainty, failure, the unknown… these are all things, or rather concepts, that I most fear, that cause in me anxiety. I feel like I am not reaching or using all my potential, my talents. But again, what are my talents?

I feel like a half-finished city .

Imagine that… a city in which all houses, buildings, and streets are half-finished, as if it was an abandoned project. But not all buildings are visibly unfinished. Some would be finished on the outside, but its internal structure and foundation are lacking and the building will certainly collapse upon natural pressure. …


A short reflection for embodied spirits

Photo credit: techie.brandon at 99designs.

I’m as gray as the day that I’ll become ashes.

These words, wisely said by Dr. Jackson Crawford on the occasion of his fifth sobriety anniversary, echo those we hear on Ash Wednesday as the priest signs our foreheads with ashes, saying: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” These words are also the words our patriarch Adam heard from the Lord God following the Fall. This is an eternal reminder of our mortality, fragility, and weakness. We share in the imago Dei, but we are far from being perfect.

Tempus fugit, memento mori.

Yes, we…


How Liturgy paved my way to Rome

Statue of St. Peter at St. Peter’s Square, Vatican.

It is not very common to see someone that grew up as a Protestant converting to Catholicism. In fact, I only noticed this when I started my initiation process by observing people’s reaction to my decision.

You’re becoming Catholic?! How did that happen? What has changed?

Well, this article is my attempt to register in, hopefully, not many words this one-year long journey until my Confirmation into the Roman Catholic Church.

It all started with liturgy. My interest in liturgy began when I, still Protestant, found out about and started using the Lectionary as a daily devotional tool. I wrote…


Poema por Leo Rander

Pelos mares mais bravios
E destinos mais sombrios;
Navegando sobre os mares,
Respirando puros ares!

Pelos campos mais floridos,
Perpassando mangues lindos;
Convivendo com as flores,
Pássaros e seus amores!

Por fantásticas estradas,
Flutuei com belas fadas:
Laços, sinos, purpurina!

Ó, e como elas cintilam!
Como dançam, rejubilam!
Ó, que leveza divina!

Leo Rander é um ex-poeta, quase-químico, católico romano, apaixonado por teologia litúrgica e música coral.


Poema por Leo Rander

Não sabia o que eu realmente era,
Muito menos que eu seria sempre assim,
Mas tudo vem à tona alguma hora.

Verdadeiramente eu sempre soube,
Mas se a mentira sempre foi o lema,
Que continue o cinismo então!

E agora eu realmente sei
Que acabei por revelar uma pessoa
Que sempre esteve escondida.

E foi o bastante para então saber
O que simplesmente já sabíamos:
A vida é uma sincera falácia.

Leo Rander é um ex-poeta, quase-químico, católico romano, apaixonado por teologia litúrgica e música coral.


Poema de Leo Rander

Chora, em prantos, todo dia –
ora pelo filho, ora pela tia;
ora pelo marido, ora por si
– recatada num canto a desmanchar-se.

Nunca foi, a pobre, feliz.
Não amou, a velha, e sempre quis
ganhar belas flores ao acaso;
sair, namorar, contemplar o ocaso.

Mas sempre pobre, agora velha
e moribunda, implora migalhas.
Vive sozinha, pouco brilho nos olhos.

Estirada entre cebolas e alhos
no fim da feira do centro;
os vermes a devoram por dentro.

Leo Rander é um ex-poeta, quase-químico, católico romano, apaixonado por teologia litúrgica e música coral.


Lecionário, Fascículo I — Ano B (2017–2018)

Hoje foi o último dia do ano B do calendário cristão que começou no ano passado. Essa foi a primeira vez em que eu segui o ano cristão por completo, com suas estações e festas; e confesso que foi uma experiência singular.

Ano passado, próximo ao fim do ano, eu buscava por algum instrumento que me permitisse desenvolver disciplina espiritual. Algum recurso, tal como um devocional diário ou um plano de leitura bíblica, que me possibilitasse desenvolver um relacionamento mais profundo com o Senhor Jesus. Enquanto buscava, me deparei com esse novo projeto que estava prestes a ser lançado: o…


Meet your new best friend: the checklist! (Image: Pixabay)

The most important step in your whole PhD application is planning. And, when I say planning it does not only mean thinking about it, but rather writing down deadlines, program options, fees, prerequisites, and actions you must do in order to achieve your goal. Thus, I would like to list below some important components usually found in a PhD application, to which you should be prepared.

  1. Choose your PhD program. This may seem a bit obvious, but some people may have more than one program option to enroll in order to research their desired topic. So, do your digging and…

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