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Becoming a catholic Catholic: Uniting What We Keep Asunder

By catholic, with a lower case “c,” I mean a broad experience of the Church. Catholics can tend to huddle off into one particular corner of the Catholic experience and even judge everyone else who isn’t part of their particular group. We have inappropriate dichotomies between social justice and orthodox Catholics, as well as between tradit...

05 08 2018

Catholics Don’t Go to Mass Because Dad Doesn’t

Americans are not doing a very good job of observing the 3rd Commandment. Over the past 50 years, Sundays have been filled with youth sports, professional sports, shopping, work and just about everything else… except for Mass. In 1965, 55% of American Catholics attended Sunday Mass each weekend. Recent surveys show that only 23% of American Ca...

03 09 2018

5 Ways to Develop the Virtue of Magnanimity

Each and every one of us are called by Almighty God to be holy. We are called to be saints. To reach such sublime heights, one can say that we are called to be great. This greatness is what is referred to as the virtue of Magnanimity – which translates to ‘greatness of soul’. It was St. Thomas Aquinas who said, in his Summa Theologica, that m...

03 02 2018

Keep Your Chocolate this Lent. Give Up Your Heart.

“What are you giving up for Lent?”  We are often asked this question by fellow Catholics as the Lenten season approaches.  In response, many of us are tempted to hang our heads in shame, as we experience a rush of “Catholic guilt” come over us.  “Oh no!”, we think, “Lent is less than a week out and I haven’t decided what to ...

02 07 2018

A Marriage Creed: Professing and Defending Truth in a Time of Confusion

Listen to the audio version here! Creeds help us not only to understand what we believe, but also to profess it, strengthening our faith. One tenant of Catholic belief suffers attack more than any other right now: marriage and family life. Not only do people attack, both within and out of the Church, but many are just downright ignoring ...

01 24 2018

A Catholic Man’s Response to #MeToo

Let’s begin this article with a controversial statement: Toxic masculinity is real and has been since near the beginning of human existence. (Note: so too has toxic femininity, but it’s not the topic of this article.)  Many men hate this indictment and resist it.  After all, who wants to be painted with the same broad brush that touches sexua...

01 08 2018

How Will You Respond to Christmas?

Msgr. Romano Guardini said of the birth of Christ that “the glorification of that joyous happening will never be muted on this earth” (The Rosary of Our Lady, 89).  Even while Christmas has become highly commercialized, highly secularized and highly sentimentalized, Msgr. Guardini’s words nonetheless remain true.  There will always be humbl...

01 02 2018

Are Feelings Right or Wrong?

Catholic intellectual giant G.K. Chesterton famously wrote in Orthodoxy that “[t]he madman is not the man who has lost his reason.  The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.”  Most serious Catholics who have heard these words would say they agree.  Yet, many of us (myself included) make an idol of reason—clinging tig...

12 19 2017

Let’s Talk About Sex: Moral Decay and Hope

Pope Benedict XVI once famously wrote: “What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too...” The Holy Father’s wise statement was made in the context of allowing for wider use of the Traditional Latin Mass, although his words can be applied more broadly. This maxim is nowhere more evident than in the shamefully fla...

11 27 2017

A Call to Pastors: Reach Out to Your Men

You guys all know, if you happen to go to Mass on a regular basis, that the majority of faithful Mass goers are women…especially at daily Mass. Chances are, the parish is run by women as well, apart from the pastor. I remember my first assignment as a missionary and realizing there was only one or two women that would serve daily Mass. Where are ...

11 21 2017

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