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A Story Of A Fallen Monk (And Faith Vs. Pride)

In Father Sergius, a short story by Leo Tolstoy, a wealthy Russian nobleman enters a monastery under questionable motives, but ended up genuinely striving for holiness and virtue, and even finding that the battle for sanctity was worth it! Despite his progress, he constantly felt weak in his faith, and unceasingly begged God to grant more. He was ...

07 15 2021

We Are The Faithful, Not The Worthy

The traditional ending to the Salve Regina (Hail Holy Queen) is: V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. I’ve always been struck by this prayer’s ability to remind us of the surety of Christ’s promises, but also the poverty of the human soul. It says “that we may be made worthy,...

05 25 2021

Viva Cristo Rey

by Fr. Matthias I can almost see him as a little boy, clothes stained with dirt and sweat from working in the fields with his dad sewing beans and corn. He drops his bicycle on the cobblestone, then scuffles up the steps to the front door of the church. The wood creaks as the door opens to dim light and the smell of burning candles. He drops his...

04 22 2021

Do Not Trust a “faith” That Nurtures a Dislike of Man

To fall in love with God is to fall in love with man.  To come to know the truth of man is to come to know truth of God, to know God.  It is a matter of seeing man as he is and of seeing God as He has willed to be known.  When He came to reveal Himself fully, He descended to the likeness of man, but there was already a union of realities there....

03 22 2021

The Desert of Faith

I said to myself in my good fortune: "I shall never be shaken." O Lord, your favor had set me like a mountain stronghold. Then you hid your face, and I was put to confusion. -Psalm 30:7-8, Revised Grail Psalter In a matter of two sentences, the Psalmist sums up a tremendously complex part of one’s journey of faith. At one moment, we can hav...

04 05 2020

Johnny, June and the Boy Who Knew

Advent has a bit of a surprise element to it, like all of salvation history.  People knew a Savior would come, that the God who saves would save.  But no one would have that that it was God Himself that would walk among us, not only taking our nature but ascending it with Him into heaven.  And it all began with a child in a womb. Johnny Cash se...

12 22 2019

Holy People Stand on Holy Ground

Photo: Courtesy stanleyrother.org The country church is red brick, its steeple a stout weathervane amid storms on the Oklahoma plains. In 1937, Stanley Rother was baptized as an infant beneath its roof in the village of Okarche. In 1981, Father Stanley Rother was killed by a death squad at Atitlán, Guatemala. Today, he is known as Blessed Stan...

07 14 2019

Jesus Wants to Heal You

Do you actually believe that Jesus wants to heal you? Or is that phrase simply some kind of pious sentiment. In the course of our lives we have all experienced suffering to one degree or another. However, when that suffering becomes prolonged and shows very few signs of progress, it is very easy to become disheartened and doubtful. In fact, it beco...

02 20 2019

The Newly Defined “Dark Ages” of Christian America

Recently Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of The Little House has been de-throned from a literary award due to some insensitive remarks about Native Americans in her books.  Many have commented well about the problem of reading history and literature from a strictly modern perspective, but the more interesting thing to me is that this is another examp...

08 06 2018

Work, Identity, and Christian Faith

Who am I? This is the persistent question of modern man. Many end up defining themselves by their work. Is this wise? Is this the best approach for Christian men? After many years of languishing on my endless reading list I finally got around to reading Josef Pieper’s modern classic, Leisure: the Basis of Culture. For those not familiar with t...

07 04 2018

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