About Nathanael Edwards

Nathanael is a Middle School Spiritual Formation Teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes, an elementary school on the Pine Ridge Reservation of the Oglala Lakota.

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Lenten Obstacle Course

Not an Obstacle Course to Easter

“Lent is not an obstacle course to Easter.” It was a familiar phrase during my time attending Georgetown University, repeated early and often throughout Lent by one of the Jesuits. “Lent is not an obstacle course to Easter.” Take a minute and really think about it.  Almost everything we do in Lent is just an […]


Holy Saturday: Would Our Eyes Have Been Open?

What it would have been like to be alive on this weekend, more than two thousand years ago? Would I have known what was taking place? When he was suffering, making his way to Calvary, bloody and broken, the cross on his shoulder, did passersby catch a glimpse of the procession and have an inkling […]

Foot washing

Holy Thursday: He Was Who He Was

Last summer, when I was a counselor at a Catholic summer camp, my fellow counselors and I held a foot washing service on the second night of session.  All of upper middle quad (cabins 8, 9, and 10) piled into cabin nine, numbering about three dozen campers in total.  We read them the same scripture […]

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Be Not Afraid (Of Bums and Rocky Movies)

*This is the fourth entry in my series “Be Not Afraid,” in which we quest for the mystery and identity of the human person. Well, anyone who watches TV (so, most Americans) has probably seen the previews for “Creed,” a new movie which continues the saga which began decades ago with the movie “Rocky.” Are […]

River of Grace

Immersed in Grace

In a recent post, “The Struggle is Real,” one of our writers gave a very clear and informative overview of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, powerfully outlining the difference between a mortal sin and a venial sin, and explaining that confession is a powerful way to exorcise our guilt over our own sinfulness in order to […]