Author Archives: Matthew Green

About Matthew Green

I am a translator, origami artist/teacher, and photographer, a blogger, former philosophy professor, and I love to sing. You can see my photos on Flickr and buy prints of some of them on Fine Art America. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter (@mehjg), and in various and sundry other social media sites on the web.

An Advent playlist

I now work for—mostly as a translator, but from time to time I publish something original, like this article and playlist! I hope you enjoy it. I 37 Songs for Advent that will give you a break from “Here … Continue reading

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The Deaconess Drama: Waiting for the Pope

The Pope recently said he would set up a commission to do a thorough study of the ancient practice of women deacons – what it meant and, presumably, how current practice might or might not change in the light of it. … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Liturgy – blog recommendation

My friend and former colleague Fr. Nickola Derpich is writing a series of blog posts reflecting on the liturgy, called “Finding the Plug”.  He is a good writer and a holy priest, currently teaching theology at a seminary in Rome. I recommend … Continue reading

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Pray for Paris… or not? Can prayer help?

“Pray for Paris,” wrote many people in tweets, Facebook text posts, memes, and more in the hours and days following the terrorist attacks in that European capitol two weeks ago.  In response, many atheists and agnostics responded saying that “praying … Continue reading

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It’s election time! Can either party claim Jesus would be on their side?

It’s more than a year before the election and the heat is already on.  Religion, as usual, is used as part of the public discussion in that typical American way, and both Democrats and Republicans claim that the true spirit … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Living Advent

Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas, just as Lent is a time of preparation for Easter. It starts each year on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, and ends on the evening of Christmas Eve. Over time, the emphasis … Continue reading

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A quick thought about Mariology

Recent scientific studies could shed light on one of the ways in which Mary was unique. When a child grows in his or her mother’s womb, the mother and child have a special symbiotic relationship. As this article (among many … Continue reading

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Movie review: Interstellar

Movie review: Interstellar. I have started a new blog (“Legal Alien”), where I will post things related to my life and experiences in Monterrey as an expat. Perpetual Learner will be more for serious posts about theology, philosophy, personal reflections, etc. … Continue reading

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Life lessons I need to keep remembering…

The past few years have helped me to learn me a lot of lessons, but some of them are frustratingly hard to keep in mind and to follow. Here are a few of them. They may sound trite, but if they … Continue reading

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God is Good (and so is vacation)!

God has been consistently, amazingly good to me. God’s plans can be strange, unexpected, unfathomable, and/or painful at times, but God’s goodness is boundless. Sometimes I ask myself why God takes such good care of me and answers my prayers … Continue reading

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