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February 9, 2018

People often say the Bible is a love story between God and humanity. It's a very beautiful, heartfelt analogy. However, what isn't often acknowledged is the fact that if the Bible---and subsequently life itself---is about a romantic relationship with God, then why don't we talk more about how our hearts can be broken by God? Many of us have learned...

November 15, 2017

Heart, mind, and soul, when you get to the truth of the matter, are one and the same. Why do we separate them? Why do we appeal so much to the heart one day, the mind another day, and our moral sense another day? If we're trying to attract people to the Christian faith for the first time, we take the heartfelt, emotion-driven approach: "Just give y...

October 14, 2017

The search for truth is not like any other search. When looking for something, we usually know when we’ve found it. But truth plays tricks on us, does it not? There are so many factors that influence our impression of the truth, not the least of which being our inclination to simply believe what we want to believe. So when searching for truth, it b...

March 5, 2017

It's a Friday evening and Tim has just finished work. On his way home he decides to go a half hour out of his way to check out a Catholic young adult group a friend  told him about that allegedly meets every Friday night at 7:30. Like many things in his hectic life, he only decided to go last minute. When he arrives at the church at 7:30, he's disa...

November 12, 2016

As human beings, we are conditioned to be selfish. To demonstrate express interest in oneself is part of our survival instinct. Spending our attention focused on ourselves allows us to become aware of our own needs. When we feel sick, hungry, sleepy—we notice these needs and care for ourselves accordingly. And it keeps us alive.

I have known people...

October 3, 2016

Most of us know that America is in trouble, but do we know our parts in it, how we let it get here and what our responsibility is? The common person's adherence to political correctness and subsequent refusal to dialogue about anything of substance is paramount. Walk with me here a moment:

People say politics, religion, and opinions should be kept o...

Last week I wrote about being stuck in a rut, and the importance of keeping your eyes fixed on God to get you through your problems.

But what about relational problems? You know, the ones that involve other people?  I’ve caught myself getting extremely frustrated and giving up on my “problems”, because some of them simply seem unsolvable. That perso...

Sometimes life seems overwhelming. Our problems loom over us, tempting us into a rut, wallowing in self-concern. 

Yet for all that our struggles seem gigantic, if we truly call ourselves Christians, is not God bigger than any mountain in front of us? Indeed, Jesus said if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, we can move mountains (Matthew 17:20...

May 2, 2016

It’s almost Mother’s day, and soon time to plant the vegetable garden! I believe gardening is good for the soul. It’s been man’s work since the beginning of time (Gen 2:15), and something about seeing the fruits of our efforts of physical labor is incredibly satisfying.

 

Waiting and watching plants grow is truly an exercise in patience. As one of my...

March 10, 2016

I cannot speak for all millennials when it comes to specific beliefs and lifestyles, but I can speak of three pretty universal desires that all young adults have. We seek originality, authenticity and an identity. In a society where most of us have our basic needs met, these three quests can explain just about everything young adults do. Everything...

March 4, 2016

This Lent, I have been reflecting upon the 40 days of fasting that Our Lord did, as well as the Sorrowful Mysteries.  With these reflections a manifold set of questions came into my mind.

Our Lord suffered and died for my sins, for He had no sins.  Our Lord suffered and died for my pride, for my ignoring the obvious, for my comfort. Our Lord suff...

February 16, 2016

Something occurred to me the other day after getting ashes. Even when we think we have outsmarted Catholicism, even when we think we have come up with a better way of life, the Catholic life sneaks up on us and somehow gets us to stop everything, go to church, and mark our foreheads with dust in the middle of the work week. 

This is why I believe-...

February 11, 2016

“Repent and believe,” the minister said to me as she marked my forehead with a cross of ashes.
 
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a 40 day journey focusing on repentance for sins, reminiscent of Jesus’ days spent in the desert preparing for his ministry. The word “repent” actually means turning physically 180 degrees, changin...

February 2, 2016

Several weeks ago I attended a talk about the Incarnation given by Fr. Stephen DeLacy, vocations director in the Philly Archdiocese. He discussed the concept of  “kenosis,” (Greek for self-emptying), and ever since I have been seeing the relevance of this word in my life, and its connection to the very life lessons I need to learn. In St. Paul’s le...

December 15, 2015


I like to think of myself as a planner. Not only do I love to watch my calendar fill up in color-coded “busy” dots, and to edit “penciled in” activities with specific times and places, but I also love to have a plan for my life.

Since youth, most of us – we girls and boys with wide-eyed dreams – knew the steps we would, at the very least, try to...

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