What’s In A Name?

I was received into the Catholic Church during Easter of 2010 (a story for another time). Although I was an atheist the 6 years prior, RCIA was a relatively smooth process, except for one thing. Picking a confirmation name. Admittedly, in my spiritually immature Catholic-candidate state, I did far too much researching and not enough …

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Fear – Not!

  Fear. It paralyzes us to immobility. We’ve all experienced it to some degree. we hear a friend saying something skewed about someone else; we want to correct them, but… we see a stranger who obviously could use some assistance, and we hesitate… someone we love tells us a hard truth, and we lash out …

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Young Guns

There’s a new kind of sheriff in town…or at least a new crop of deputies. They’re young Catholics–cradle and convert–who are ushering in a new era of apologetics. If you haven’t discovered their blogs yet, start by visiting Brent Stubbs, Brandon Vogt, Joe Heschmeyer, Pat Vandapool, Tony Layne, and Called to Communion (CtC). In this …

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How To Kill Yourself

Imagine this: The day is beautiful, the birds are singing, and you’re standing on the edge of cliff, with every intention of hurling yourself off. It’s not that your life seems unbearable to you; it is unbearable. Pick your demons, choose your wounds and name your reasons. Perhaps your family died, your lover left you, …

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Big Bro

The editors of this site asked me to write a post introducing myself. Greetings earthlings. [Full Stop] I don”t think that will quite cut it. So, I”ll try again. When I was 21, I started teaching 17 year olds religion in high school. That next year, I became the assistant varsity basketball coach, and through …

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Le Chiese delle Cittá: A Look at Church Architecture

There is no better self-introduction for an architect to make than to exhibit an especially astounding piece of architecture and then to talk about it. Since this is my first “official” post day (I couldn’t help posting earlier), I thought I would start a series of posts on church architecture the first of which I …

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