When Waiting is Real...

In reaction to the increasing physical immorality spreading through society today, and in an attempt to counter the message  constantly being sold through advertising, movies, music, and even best-selling books that says sexual intimacy is not only okay, but expected, outside of marriage,...

New Year’s Dre...

The shiftiness of college years does not always create the best circumstances for keeping New Year’s Resolutions.  Though I hardly ever pass up an opportunity to make a list, my typical resolutions seemed like they would only put more pressure on me in the midst of an already demanding...

An Interview with Al...

How do you judge good music? What are your standards? When do you know that you’ve encountered an incredible song or artist? One way I judge music is by its ability to snap me out of whatever I’m doing in the present moment and transport me to a different place, season, state, or...

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...

Ask and it will be G...

Vocations in the Entitlement Society In the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you.” That works wonderfully as a tweet or Facebook status, it is short and sounds nice. Yet, the problem with only looking at one part of the chapter leads the...

Someone, Please, Lik...

“Stockholm syndrome, individuals’ desperate attempts to become like their captors.  On a lesser scale it was why good German citizens followed Hitler, Ryan said.  Or why any person might compromise his or her convictions without realizing he or she was doing so to be accepted.  To be...

Tongue Twisters and ...

Earlier this week, my 7th grade students engaged in a battle of tongue twisters. They exchanged challenges that sought to discover which of them could say certain phrases “ten times fast”. Laughter erupted from everyone as, one by one, the kids stuttered and stumbled over seemingly easy...

Blessed are the Pure...

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God….” -Matthew 5:8 One of the paintings that is most dear to my heart is Diego Velazquez’s The Temptation of St. Thomas Aquinas. For anyone who has struggled with sexual sins, I think this work has the power to evoke many...

In Christ a New Crea...

“Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” -John 4:14 I recently read the article that Sr. Theresa Noble wrote about the Duke “adult film-actress” Belle Knox and have been...

Ten Things You Need ...

We live in a modern world. We are often blinded by distractions and every now and then we need to be reminded of things that the modern world doesn’t tell us. As a woman I think that is especially true. As a disclaimer, I’ve aimed this at women, since being one that works for me,...

The Secrets to Happi...

How happy really are we today? How do we define that we have really ‘lived’? We live in a marketing led world – a place of big dreams and bucket lists. Generally we have a high standard of living, yet we are constantly on the hunt to get more out of life. We have everything we...

Is Religious Life Re...

The vows of religious life are repulsive, at least according to an article Br. Justin Hannegan recently wrote in Crisis Magazine provokingly titled: Sacrificing Religious Life on the Altar of Egalitarianism. He writes: All forms of religious life, at their very core, consist of three...

Vocations: We’...

As a classic “go-along-to-get-along” kind of guy, I would love to sugar coat my aim in this article, but I am just going to come right out and say it; I think that the way we conceive of and communicate the theological concept of a Vocation is both incorrect and even potentially dangerous...

Open the Door…

A reflection written in the midst of my first semester of college… Flirting starts based off of an initial attraction: a girl notices a guy, likes what she sees, and starts playfully teasing him in an effort to show him she’s there and interested-  though ultimately it’s up to him to...

Generation Maybe

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” – Matthew 16:24 These are challenging words from Jesus.  They cut to the heart and demand a response.  Jesus invites us to count the cost, and decide...

God is the Artist

This was adapted from a longer version of the post which can be found here. God is King–but he is also Master Artist, and He makes no mistakes. We’ve forgotten how to see that in relation to our own lives and appearance. It’s difficult to treat ourselves ourselves with the...

Defining “Young Adul...

Who are considered the “young adults” in your community? Are they teenagers? Are they single twenty-somethings? Are they young professionals? Are they young mothers and fathers? It seems that one of the terms that is frequently used to describe a Catholic activity is “young adult.” Who...

A Singular Vocation

When my fiancé and I were still just dating, we approached our priest and spiritual director and asked him how we might discern if we were called to marriage together. He leaned back in his chair and said, “You have to know how to pray, and what to ask when you pray.” Father went on to...

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...

Opening Hands

Before I left for college, I wrote about how my tendency to control and plan every aspect of my life often hurt more than it helped, leaving me frustrated and stressed because I was counting on my own strength instead of God’s.  As the weeks leading up to college quickly passed, I made a...