Don’t Cry Over Spilt...

Arriving home from grocery shopping one afternoon, I sensed an imminent meltdown from my 9 month old son. He was overtired and still upset that I did not let him grab and chew on all of the exciting things he could see in the grocery store. I surveyed the heap of grocery bags in my trunk and...

Clinging to Traditio...

This time of year is usually filled with traditions: both family traditions and liturgical traditions, which shape our experience of Christmas. Traditions serve a great purpose in our lives. We are creatures of habit, and circling back to favorite traditions year after year helps us focus on...

Martyrdom, John F. K...

Martyrdom confounds the modern mind… and how could it not? Living in an age of religious skepticism and scientism, we “enlightened” Westerners are unable to speak the same language or see the same world as the martyr, who found himself or herself unable to abandon their God to...

Wake Up, The Glory o...

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...

Pope Francis’ ...

So apparently I am not the only one who loves Pope Francis! Of course it is one thing to like someone and another thing to follow them and what they ask of you! I was very blessed that his monthly evangelization intention for the month of July was for the laity, serving around the world as...

In Iraq, Little Chur...

Writing in the 2nd century, Tertullian once famously said that the blood of martyrs if the seed of the Church. If this is true, then the consequences of this are even more acutely felt today in the 20th century, where . Earlier in June of this year, on the Feast of the First Roman martyrs,...

Five Things Pope Fra...

We all probably wish we could take back some things we have said and done online, not only for our own sake but for the sake of other people we were called to bring closer to God and instead pushed further away. I often read some of the comments on Catholic blogs, (and sometimes the blog posts...

Science vs. Religion, Why the Battle? May03

Science vs. Religion...

The other night I was watching a TV documentary on the ‘debate’ between intelligent design and evolution. The program captured the turmoil in 2005 that tore apart the community of Dover, Pennsylvania in a battle over teaching evolution in public schools. A pointless debate if ever I heard...

Catholics and the “E...

Recently I had a conversation with a close friend and non-Catholic. Talking about his family’s history in differing denominations, I soon found out that some of his relatives and ancestors are or were Catholic. So I ask him plainly, “Why aren’t you Catholic, what made you decide...

Why I Don’t Se...

Flecte quod est rigidum. I write inspirational quotes on the dry-erase board in the servers’ sacristy at my parish in illuminated calligraphy whenever I have occasion to go in there. For the Feast of the Nativity, I wrote,“Venite, adoremus.” I am told that a lector, noticing...

Answers to a “...

Charlie gave Linus the pop quiz: what is Christmas all about? Of course, Linus proclaims the birth of Christ (was Linus named after the second Pope?) Today it would have looked more like this: The modern Catholic, and most Christians for that matter, has many fronts to defend, one of them...

Call of Duty: Modern...

4 July 2005, what a patriotic day to be shipped off to basic training! Jeans, a t-shirt, and a backpack with just about every essential I thought I would need, I left home for Lackland AFB, TX where I would spend the next few weeks learning to be an Airman in the U.S. Air Force. Most who...

On Teaching and Lovi...

“We need to be clear in presenting the Church’s teaching, but patient with the struggle to live it.” This quote comes from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, in the 2011 book by John L. Allen Jr. titled “A People of Hope.” In the section of the book...

Pope Francis, Sin &a...

In college I went to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. I am not much of a science geek so I thought I would be bored, but I ended up being drawn in by the deep sea display. As I wandered through the exhibit gaping at the ugly, otherworldly creatures that inhabit the...

True Mission or a &#...

By James Franke I’ve heard the argument a hundred times, phrased a hundred different ways. It all boils down to the same basic mentality: short term mission trips, those eight to ten day “poverty vacations” are nothing more than a waste of time and money used to make students, young...

Whom Would Kindness Kill More: Them or You? Sep20

Whom Would Kindness ...

“Today I told off a cashier who was trashing the president” read the Daily Kos headline. Color me intrigued; I clicked on it. I read it. I cried (figuratively). The writer was just a member of the site, not an official writer, and proudly stated how he actively listens to...

Series on the Sacram...

One of the greatest sacraments for perseverance and strength in the spiritual life is Confirmation. By definition in the Baltimore Catechism, “Confirmation is a Sacrament through which we receive the Holy Ghost to make us strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ.”...

Labor Day Weekend, C...

So what do you do on the Sunday before Labor Day?  I know a lot of people spend time with their families, maybe have a cookout.  My husband even knows someone who got married today.   Labor Day is generally the end of beach season, the end of summer, and for beachcombers like me, the start...

Sins, Despair, and t...

“For love of souls, I instituted the Sacrament of Penance, that I might forgive them, not once or twice, but as often as they need it to recover grace. There I wait for them, longing to wash away their sins, not in water, but in My Blood. How often in the course of the ages have I, in one...

Letter to the Rebell...

This article is written for rebellious teens and young girls going into that phase. If you are not a rebellious teen, please let your son or daughter read this, or some young person you know at least. Dear Rebellious Teen, Now, you might think this is just another Catholic article your parents...