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The Barbell Doesn’t Coddle

This article was previously published in Sword & Spade magazine. Joel Raines, olympic-style weightlifting coach, speaks about  the slow, ordinary walk toward greatness.    "First do the ordinary things well, then you can think of extraordinary things.”1 These are the words of Servant of God Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val as rec...

05 07 2021

You Can’t Love Your Enemies

The capacity of man to tame Jesus is staggering.  I don’t mean to tame the reality of Our Lord, but to attempt to make what is hard into something that is easy.  To “tame” something is to make it suitable for our environment – to put the tiger in the cage. This can happen on different ends of the spectrum, and whatever end you easily jud...

04 24 2021

Justice And “Social Justice Warriors” – Is There Conflict?

In contemporary calls for justice, a Christian can be forgiven for feeling conflicted.  On the one hand, we know that God wants us to work for justice, that He established His Church and explicitly commands His people to seek justice in the world we live in.  And this is meant to be a real and tangible force in the world, not just encouragement f...

04 21 2021

Yes, Words Can Be Like Sticks And Stones

by Chris Fernandez Looking at the definition of violence in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, violence is an “intense, turbulent, or furious and often destructive action or force”, causing “injury by or as if by distortion, infringement, or profanation.” The dictionary also mentions that a violent act is “not natural.” It goes against th...

04 20 2021

Kindness is Loving, But it’s Just Too

Charity – or love – is not something that is essentially different from justice, even if we think of them that way.  Yes, there are times when it may seem we are being charitable instead of being just, but most often what is actually happening is that charity is going beyond what justice demands. When Jesus tells us to lend to those in need...

04 14 2021

Joy is More Than it Seems

by Craig Taffaro Sacred Scripture and the lives and writings of the Saints agree: as a fruit of the Holy Spirit, joy should not be an occasional state of being. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice”, St. Paul writes to the Philippians (Phil 4:4, RSV). St. Theophane Venard (quoted in the Fraternus book for ...

04 08 2021

Celibacy: What Good Is It?

Ever wonder why all the superheroes—Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman—are never married? If Spiderman had a wife and children at home, he would have to think twice before placing himself in such danger for the sake of others. Celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom is not just about an economy of time and energy, but it is literally about...

04 06 2021

Mental Suffering is Real Suffering

This article was originally published in Sword & Spade magazine.   Aaron Kheriaty, MD, a Catholic psychologist, explains the reality of depression and psychological suffering.   Jesus Christ’s ministry is a ministry of healing. Yes, He healed the physical ailments of many while on earth, and has done so through His Body,...

04 02 2021

Jesus Defeated Death, He Didn’t Remove Suffering

One of the cruelest banalities of soft (and false) Christianity is the idea that God alleviates the suffering of the righteous.  In America especially there’s a sense that the lessening of suffering is a sign of your election, of God’s love for you (Calvinism is hard to shake from our imagination).  If you’re not relieved from sufferi...

03 24 2021

Of Statues, Adoration, and Real Things

When I was considering converting to the Catholic Church, I had a hard time getting over the statues.  Yes, the saints slapped on coffee mugs and pumper stickers struck me as at least cheesy, but what was with the Catholics and these statues that they kissed, knelt to, prayed toward, and even dressed for different events?  From my vantage point...

03 18 2021

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