Reconsider the Chapel Veil

[ 2 ] September 1, AD 2014 |
Reconsider the Chapel Veil

Over the summer my dear friend and roommate put together a gorgeous video about why many Catholic women are returning to the old custom of wearing a chapel veil to Mass.  I personally started wearing a veil in high school, and often thank the Lord that He lead me to do so.  I highly encourage those […]

Read More

Meditation

[ 1 ] September 1, AD 2014 |
Meditation

O Jesus, dwelling before me in the form and likeness of bread; containing your uncontainable infinity with the confines of a tiny wafer, which rests in a cup, which resides in a wooden box, which stands in a building of stone and glass, which we your creatures erected in a city on a planet, in […]

Read More

New Language for Speaking about Homosexuality?

[ 5 ] August 30, AD 2014 |
New Language for Speaking about Homosexuality?

One of the more popular, misunderstood, and challenging problems Catholics face today is the topic of homosexuality. I think of the many great strides we as a Church and as a culture have taken in speaking about it. In the same way, neither side whether secular or religious, has spoken more clearly on the subject. […]

Read More

The Expectant Couples Guide to Praying the Joyful Mysteries

[ 1 ] August 29, AD 2014 |
The Expectant Couples Guide to Praying the Joyful Mysteries

As my wife and I await the arrival of our second child, our first daughter, we have been filled with many similar emotions and feelings that stirred within us during our first pregnancy. In May 2012, we found out we were expecting our son, Noah, who was born in January of 2013. As I reflect […]

Read More

A Little Redemptive Suffering Never Hurt Anyone (besides you, of course)

[ 1 ] August 29, AD 2014 |
A Little Redemptive Suffering Never Hurt Anyone (besides you, of course)

I have a confession to make: the majority of my friends aren’t Catholic. Many are, indeed, Protestant and for some reason, they all look at me strangely when I ask them if they have heard of redemptive suffering. I should back up a bit. You see, when I throw the big RS out onto the table, […]

Read More

Blessing is in Obedience

[ 4 ] August 28, AD 2014 |
Blessing is in Obedience

It was my last class of my senior year of college, and I listened intently as my professor wrapped up his final lecture. I sat amongst my fellow Catechetics majors, all of us eager to begin setting the world on fire with love for the Lord. All semester, our professor had been teaching us how […]

Read More

Seven More Books for Catholic College Students

[ 2 ] August 28, AD 2014 |
Seven More Books for Catholic College Students

The college semester is upon us again, and at most universities the new academic year is either now beginning or has recently begun [1]. For the returning students, this means a return to familiar stomping grounds and reunions with friends before the courses really buckle down into the semester grind. For the new students, it […]

Read More

Embracing My Inner Hobbit

[ 2 ] August 28, AD 2014 |
Embracing My Inner Hobbit

Today, a cashier told me that I seemed “really down-to-Earth,” and I decided to take it as a compliment.  A few years ago, however, that would not have been the case. I used to think that caring about the “higher things” meant yearning for a sort of grand existence, feeling destined for greatness.  Recently, I […]

Read More

For the Love of a Dog

[ 3 ] August 27, AD 2014 |
For the Love of a Dog

Dogs were given the task of making God’s love of mankind known every day, and they do a fantastic job of it.

Read More

Wake Up, The Glory of the Martyrs Shines Upon You!

[ 3 ] August 25, AD 2014 |
Wake Up, The Glory of the Martyrs Shines Upon You!

In his moving novel, Silence, Japanese-Catholic author Shusako Endo once described the continent of Asia as a “swamp” that choked the sapling of the Gospel and made it uninhabitable for Christianity. That image has always haunted me because a part of my own journey — as a convert to Christianity from Buddhism — has been to […]

Read More

Crybaby

[ 3 ] August 25, AD 2014 |
Crybaby

Confession time: I’m one of those criers. You know the type. We have a very low crying threshold. Our triggers are many, varied and sometimes trivial: Commercials. Movies. Newspaper columns. Speeches. A particular prayer. And on, on, on. I wasn’t always like this. Oh no. I knew about the criers, because my mom is one. […]

Read More

The Ephesians 5 Wife: Subject or Spoiled?

[ 7 ] August 24, AD 2014 |
The Ephesians 5 Wife: Subject or Spoiled?

The Bible mentions subjugation of wives and everyone gets upset, but Christian Grey does it and nobody bats an eye! Tell me how this makes sense. I know why this is the case. There is absolute confusion in our culture about sex, love, pleasure, intimacy, marriage, and the Catholic Church. There is such a tangled […]

Read More

Anyone Can Do the Housework, but Who is Doing the Homework?

[ 2 ] August 24, AD 2014 |
Anyone Can Do the Housework, but Who is Doing the <em>Home</em>work?

Did you know that it is women who do the majority of housework? Even mothers of young children, who are holding down full time jobs, seem to spend more time than men with a mop and vacuum in hand. This, however, is not new information; every few months you can find a news report somewhere […]

Read More

3 Lessons from My First 3 Months as a Dad

[ 3 ] August 20, AD 2014 |
3 Lessons from My First 3 Months as a Dad

This past May 31, our daughter, Lucy Benedicta, was born, changing our lives forever.  From learning how to hold a baby, to changing a diaper, to installing a car seat, I have had many new experiences as a first-time dad. So far, fatherhood has had its share of highs and lows, but mostly exhaustion in […]

Read More

Natural Family Planning is Hard

[ 1 ] August 20, AD 2014 |
Natural Family Planning is Hard

Our bodies are complex, intricate mysterious things. They are not outer shells or machines that come with a user’s manual. There is a lot going on that we understand, and probably even more going on that we don’t understand. This really hit home for me with breastfeeding. A forewarning of “it’s not intuitive” turned into […]

Read More

Depression, Despair, and Hope

[ 7 ] August 19, AD 2014 |
Depression, Despair, and Hope

Not only is suicide a sin, it is the sin. It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men; as far as […]

Read More