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Sheep Among Wolves

Sheep Among Wolves

[ 4 ] March 25, AD 2015 |

“‘Thomas! Thomas!’ two snickering friars called, rousing their brother who was bent over his books. ‘Look out the window—there are pigs flying about in the sky!’ Thomas rose at once and bounced to the window incredulously. The friars laughed. Putting the finishing touch on the jest, the saint responded, ‘I would rather believe that pigs can fly […]

The Works of Mercy Part VI–Visit the Sick and Comfort the Afflicted

The Works of Mercy Part VI–Visit the Sick and Comfort the Afflicted

[ 1 ] March 24, AD 2015 |

This is part VI of a series on works of mercy which I have written for Lent. You can read part I, part II, part III, part IV, and part V first. Visit the Sick and Comfort the Afflicted When we hear of “the sick,” we probably think immediately of those who are in the care of […]

On Family

On Family

[ 1 ] March 23, AD 2015 |

Family, it seems, is an ever-changing concept in my world as of late. While it is always changing, it is also growing. In an obvious way, it grew when I got married. Before I had no one I could call “sister” in that sense, and now I have two sisters. I’ve got cousins and family […]

What my Confessor Taught Me about Parenting my “Bad Sleeper”

What my Confessor Taught Me about Parenting my “Bad Sleeper”

[ 4 ] March 21, AD 2015 |

I went to Confession one recent Saturday morning, planning on receiving the sacrament before Mass. As I drove to the church, I was doing my examination of conscience, and growing increasingly nervous. When I arrived at the church, it was dark and empty – except for the priest praying his Liturgy of the Hours in […]

Truth in Fiction

Truth in Fiction

[ 3 ] March 19, AD 2015 |

Teaching always involves a curve ball. This past fall I taught “Introduction to Moral Theology and Ethics” at The Catholic University of America. For the first class session, I had my students read a casual but thoughtful blogpost titled “The Ethics of Superheroes.” The blogpost draws on the idea of vocation as calling to argue […]

A Church for Sinners

A Church for Sinners

[ 2 ] March 18, AD 2015 |

We walked into the large sanctuary of a southeast beach parish and slipped into the back pew. The room was full of retired couples, perhaps a few local families, and some vacationers. A few rows in front, a middle-aged couple sat down. He was wearing black athletic pants with three white stripes running down the […]

1st Louisiana Chesterton Conference

1st Louisiana Chesterton Conference

[ 0 ] March 17, AD 2015 |

About a year ago I was driving through the the small neighboring town of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, and on a side road along the railroad track was a building with a sign that read, “Chesterton Square.” It didn’t strike me as unusual – that is a common enough name in an English speaking part of the world, […]

The World Doesn’t Need Christian Movies

The World Doesn’t Need Christian Movies

[ 11 ] March 17, AD 2015 |

I remember when I first fell in love with movies. It was 1989, I was four years old and saw The Little Mermaid. While watching those beautiful ocean scenes wash over the big screen in that now-closed Pittsburgh, PA movie theater, something came alive inside of me. I was suddenly attuned to the vastness of […]

Mercy Part V–Harbor the Harborless and Forgive Offenses Willingly

Mercy Part V–Harbor the Harborless and Forgive Offenses Willingly

[ 1 ] March 17, AD 2015 |

This is part V of a series on works of mercy which I have written for Lent. You can read part I, part II, part III, and part IV first. Harbor the Harborless, Forgive Offenses Willingly “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Luke […]

Pull Your Weight

Pull Your Weight

[ 2 ] March 16, AD 2015 |

Life has brought a lot of changes for me over the last year. This time last year I was a Green Beret, deployed with my team to the Philippines, doing stuff and things. I was working out two hours a day, training in shooting, explosives, hand-to-hand combat, combat medicine, and other fun pastimes that go […]