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5 Reasons Christians Should Have Icons

When we look back in history, we see that Christians venerated icons, sacred images of Christ and the Saints, very early on. Paintings of Christ and other religious figures and symbols adorn the walls and sarcophagi in Christian catacombs dating back to the first century. Much has been written defending the Catholic Church’s veneration of icons b...

05 18 2018

What Makes Jesus Different from Other Religious “Founders?”

Several years ago, I came across the Christian rap song "Jesus is Alive" by Shai Linne.  The chorus to the song is very simple.  It lists several inspirational (and not so inspirational) historical figures, and states very matter-of-factly that each one of them “is dead.”  Shai Linne then contrasts our Lord with each figure by ending the cho...

04 09 2018

One Man’s Voice: The Transformational Exsultet

“Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven...” Few experiences in life compare with those precious moments of genuinely real and powerful transcendence. The man-made earthquake of the liftoff of the Space Shuttle from the Cape Canaveral launch pad as Mission Control counts down to zero and bids the astronauts a safe journey, a fond farewell...

03 30 2018

Three Secular Maxims for the “New Evangelization” Evangelist

It’s odd to me that the term “New Evangelization” has yet to catch real fire in the Catholic Church.  What I mean is that it has yet to become a common enough term that the vast majority of Catholics not only recognize it but that they also know what it means. In a nutshell, it carries forth the evangelical mission of the Second Vatican C...

02 17 2018

Savior and Spittle: Lent, Grit, and Spitting Men

It is a well-known urban legend in our subculture that a mother’s saliva contains restorative, cleansing and perhaps even healing powers, the real truth of which medical science has not yet either fully discovered nor appreciated. How many among us in our younger days had our tangled or unruly hair smoothed by our attentive mothers spitting i...

02 14 2018

Keep Christmas Going – Journey with the Wise Men

Christmas day has passed. Now what? Do we return to normal? Where do we go from here? How do we build on what we’ve experienced? We have a few more days before our next major feast commemorating the manifestation of Jesus as Lord and Messiah at the Epiphany. The wise men steal the show, but the feast also includes the Baptism of Jesus and the ...

01 02 2018

A Closer Look at Joseph’s Response To Mary’s Pregnancy

During the Christmas season, our thoughts turn naturally to the Holy Family: the birth of Jesus, the feast of the Holy Family, the solemnity of Mary’s motherhood, and the Epiphany. The foundation of Christmas starts nine months earlier with Mary’s fiat. Joseph has his fiat as well, recorded in Matthew’s Gospel. Some have even called it the An...

01 02 2018

Think Twice Before You Get That Tattoo

I’ll just get this out there right away—I’ve never liked tattoos. I wouldn’t say I ever felt strongly about them, either, that is, until I was at a waterpark with my kids. My Dad had a tattoo from his time at boot camp with the Marines, but growing up I didn’t see many tattoos. It’s just in the last ten years that they’ve gone from a ...

11 16 2017

What Hill Are You Dying On?

I don’t like to read long blog posts. The good news is that means I typically don’t like writing long blog posts either. This one, therefore, will be an exercise in brevity. Our lives are filled with amazing tools, gadgets, and conveniences, yet we are losing our souls. My thought on why: we don’t have enough men proclaiming truth, beau...

09 12 2017

Dressed for the Kingdom: Clothes as a Sign of Faith

We are in the middle of a “clothes crisis.” Every day we seem to dress more and more casually and to become more and more desensitized to the issue of modesty. When I bring us the issue in conversation, however, the response usually is: God doesn’t care how we dress. It is simply secondary. After all, didn’t Jesus say “do not be anxious a...

09 08 2017

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