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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

Patient With Those Closest

by Mr. Tom Wynne Let’s be clear on just what patience is. Some similar words and phrases are tolerance, easiness in the face of frustration, being non-critical and the like. And, impatience is intolerance, displeasure, exasperation, touchiness and so on. Can you think of any instances where you might have been impatient and frustrated with frie...

05 06 2021

Even Average Joes Are Not Exempt From Lectio In Christianity

If you think you’re a common Joe that works better in the simple and straight-shooting thoughts of a working man, Christianity is perfect for you.  Let’s not forget God entrusted His Son to a common Joe of the working class.  Or, if you’re intellectually stout and find delight in ascending to higher levels of truth for its own sake, Christi...

05 05 2021

A Boy and His Horse

What he loved in horses is what he loved in men, the blood and the heat of the blood that ran in them. From:  All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy The kid slouches over a plate of stew, eyes glued to an i-phone, a storm of red hair billows beneath his cap. I unfold my napkin and glance at his dad. “Zeke,” he says. “Put the phone aw...

05 04 2021

Revolution And (Or?) Love

by Craig Taffaro Revolution has been a key fixture of society since the 16th century. From the Protestant Revolution to the intellectual revolution of the Enlightenment to the American and French political revolutions, Western man has enshrined the right to revolt against authority, human or divine. Indeed, Americans take great...

05 03 2021

The Good You Seek, Even In The Bad

All men seek the good, or so they think. St Thomas Aquinas refrains from defining “good” because it is so well known it doesn’t need a definition. He does say good is an analogical term, it has many meanings and they are used analogously. The two ways Aquinas describes the good are 1) something desirable, we desire what is good, 2) perfect...

05 01 2021

Why Friendship?

What is the point of friendship? Why is loneliness such a horrible thing? And why, in a culture where we “friend” and “follow” everyone do people feel like they are isolated? I don’t think that anyone would argue the fact that friends are necessary for a wholesome and fulfilling life. We are made for communion with God, but that communion...

04 30 2021

The Call And The Danger of The Bachelor

This article was previously published in Sword & Spade magazine. Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner” (Genesis 2:18). In John Paul II’s Theology of the Body discourses he speaks about something he calls “original solitude,” which is Adam’s state before the...

04 28 2021

Heart to Heart

In times past, God spoke to his people in partial and fragmentary ways, but in these, the last days, He has spoken to us through His Son. Hebrews 1:1 I have a great-nephew who bears my name. When I get a chance to introduce him to someone, I always point out that he is the “new and improved model.” And I’m sincere about that. Luke is four...

04 27 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

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