Sebastian Avery Morris

I am a senior in the Religion Department at Temple University, and the sacristan at St Clement's Episcopal Church, an historic Anglo-Catholic parish in Philadelphia.
I am a Christian Socialist and Monarchist, with strong Distributist and Neo-Luddite tendencies. I live in South Philadelphia with my fiancé (wedding in November) Xopher, who is a graphic artist, and our cat Astro. I'm always happy to discuss religion, progressive politics, or LGBTQ issues.

Anonymous asked:
You don't eat meat on Fridays? Why? That may be the most legalistic thing I've ever heard of.

There are a lot of things I would never dream of doing (at least intentionally)— crossing in front of the altar without genuflecting, disposing of consecrated wine improperly, saying “Alleluia” during Lent, and so forth.

But do I think God gives a rat’s ass whether I do any of the aforementioned things (or eat meat on a Friday, for that matter)? No, not really.

Doing certain things a certain way— and abstaining from doing certain things— is a part of spiritual discipline, and it’s not for God; it’s for us, as a reminder to us. Through these disciplines, we’re more mindful of the presence of God in our lives, and we affirm certain truths about God. 

For example, by abstaining from eating meat on Fridays (which many Roman Catholics have done for centuries, and the Episcopal Church inherited the tradition on an “all may, some should, none must” basis) I am drawing my mind back to the humility displayed by Christ on the Cross, and to his sacrifice of life.

What we eat gives us life, and by examining more mindfully what gives us biological life, we are reminded to be mindful of the one who gave us everlasting life in his sacrifice on a Friday. 

Spiritual disciplines look like rituals from the outside— and may even seem a little silly— but when we look more deeply into what they represent for those who engage in them, they can be incredibly powerful and meaningful— far from empty legalism.


Fasting on Fridays (and Wednesdays) is a tradition that goes back to the early church…

"There is an Indian proverb that says that everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emtional, and a spiritual . Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person."

Rumer Godden




Me as a husband

accurate representation of a high me

I dream of this happening one day with my man. A pain to work off but it would be epic!

For Seth Rogan I might be willing to break my rule of no food in the bed.

(Source: fckyeahtimmy)


The police raided a church because they believed that the church was offering hospitality. The police raided a church because giving people a place to rest is against the law. The police raided a church because caring for people goes against the aims of empire and must be stopped.

You cannot serve the United States and the Kingdom of God. You cannot honor a badge and the cross. You cannot love the state and your neighbor.


Wedding plans continue. Xopher and I went to look at wedding rings this afternoon. I think we’ve found rings we like, very similar to this one.


The Virgin Interceding for the World with Sts. Bernard, Sebastian and Francis by Alonso Sanchez Coello 



we live in a world where the pizza arrives faster than the police

Well the pizza driver faces consequences when their job isn’t done right.

Beyond unemployment and underemployment, the percentage of full-time working poor has grown significantly. US workers are presently producing twice as much wealth per work hour than they were in 1980. Instead of median incomes doubling since then, they have stagnated. The gap between wealth production and median income is now at an all-time high.
— 出典:

David DeGraw (via azspot)

"Hard work is its own reward," taken literally.

(via shorterexcerpts)

As a case in point, the hotel where my partner works has reduced its staff by 50% since 2008, down to roughly 500 from over 1000 employees. Meanwhile the average price of a room-night has doubled and occupancy is at an all time high, despite a significant reduction in hotel quality, customer service, and satisfaction. The slight “cost of living” increases that employees have received do not begin to keep up with inflation, much less increases in taxes, or health insurance premiums and co-pays. Yet the company complains of insufficient profits all the while making money hand over fist.


Elisabeth Sonrel (French, 1874 - 1953), “Vierge À L’enfant, Entre Sainte Geneviève Et Jeanne D’arc”

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.
— 出典:Anne Herbert (via duttonbooks)

Why you shouldn’t cite old sources



Or why we should pay attention to old sources. The memory and attention span of most Americans is much too short, thus we are easily misled.