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There’s a War. Avoid Thucydides’s Trap

I enjoy history, and I am finding Graham Allison’s book, Destined For War, to be a decent read. The book presents a look into the power struggles between established and rising world powers from present day back to the Peloponnesian War. Allison focuses on these confrontations through consideration of Thucydides’s Trap, which is waiting to ensn...

05 14 2018

Thoughts and Prayers: Power Tools in the Hands of Skilled Craftsmen

“...Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers” (Lk 22: 31-32). Christians have an especially significant means of communication, a vehicle for societal change and a methodology for transformation s...

04 27 2018

Deep Prayers, Shallow Repetitions, and the Rosary

Catholics are regularly challenged on the practice of saying the Rosary. The scriptural quote used as an argument against this practice is most often Matthew 6:7 which reads, “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words”. It’s worth noting that in other versions of the Bible, the wo...

04 21 2018

Don’t Just Give Things Up, Give Them Away

The "three pillars" of Lent have a beautiful logic to them.  The first pillar is prayer because prayer unites us to God and prepares us to receive Him.  The second is fasting, which is a conscious denial to the flesh, disciplining the appetites and joining us more to Christ.  It has the added benefit of uniting us in shared suffering, which ...

03 07 2018

TCM Reader Feedback Needed: New Prayer to St. Joseph

This post will be very different, because I’d like to ask for your help. Last year I felt inspired to begin composing a short scriptural prayer to St. Joseph, similar to the Hail Mary, which is principally composed from direct scripture quotes. I’m unveiling the first draft here in this post and I’m wondering if you would be willing to pray i...

12 13 2017

Time is a Gift: Use it Well

You know the story: An old man is near death. His career was successful, providing well for his family. But he is nagged by a feeling that he wasn’t around enough. Extended business trips and late nights spent at the office haunt him. Was his worldly success worth missing those baseball games, recitals, and family dinners? In the twilight of h...

11 13 2017

Set Your Sights on Great Things: Pray for Humility

St. Thomas Aquinas describes the task of humility: “to temper and restrain the mind, lest it tend to high things immoderately” (Summa theologiae, II-II, q. 161, a. 1). It is truly one of the most important virtues. All sin is pride against God and a denial of humility. Therefore, our obedience to God must be a humble and loving submission to H...

08 14 2017

Restoring Justice to Politics

I had a teacher in high school who provided the class with an interesting definition of politics.  Defining politics, he maintained, was as simple as just breaking down the word into its parts:  poly = many, tics = blood-sucking creatures. I think we can all agree that’s pretty accurate… All jokes aside, the sad reality is that many people...

07 07 2017

Cafeterias. Men Should Stay Out of Them.

I have been eating in a cafeteria for the past few weeks. The buffet is a tempting death trap – pick what you want, as much as you want, and only what you want. I am the master of my own culinary consumption – which is more or less true at restaurants or at home, but the cafeteria buffet line takes it to levels beyond what any human can take. T...

07 06 2017

Porn Addiction: A Comprehensive Recovery Program

Eight years ago, when people began coming to me for help with pornography addiction, they were searching for a Catholic recovery program.  I searched everywhere, but could not find one.  After much prayer and discernment, I realized that God was calling me to create one.  Rather than “reinvent the wheel” I decided to research several success...

07 05 2017

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