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The Wisdom of Suffering

Why should we succumb to suffering? It can come in many ways. The pain caused by a broken leg. The suffering caused by a chronic illness, with no cure. The grief one feels when his true love breaks his heart. The sorrow caused when a loved one dies, removing him or her from his life until his own death. The pain caused by betrayal, especially when ...

04 05 2019

Learning Obedience in the Wilderness

Every morning the Church begins the Liturgy of the Hours with the invitatory psalm, Psalm 95, which calls us to start our day by recognizing the Lordship of God and worshipping Him. It ends, however, in more startling fashion, calling to mind the Israelites’ rebellion against God in the wilderness (in their 40 years of wandering in the desert aft...

03 28 2019

Cowboys, Tattoos and Mortification of the Flesh

In the film, The Rider, a young man, Brady Blackburn, suffers a debilitating rodeo injury. Blackburn’s world revolves around horses and he must now forge a new identity. Family dysfunction and rural poverty increase the challenge.  The story is based on actual events and the actors play themselves. A subplot involves the friendship between Bl...

03 21 2019

My Evangeline’s Story: Peace in the Desert

In December I shared the first part of Evangeline’s story with you. I told you how questions arose about my daughter’s health during the pregnancy and how she was born with a large bump on her lower back. I told you how I almost passed out in the delivery room and how I wondered what the Lord was trying to tell us with our new daughter’s name...

03 18 2019

What God Can Do to Your Suffering and Sadness

Today I am a year older than my father lived to be.  I’m 36 years old.  Many will read those sentences and think “How sad” but what I think is “How Blessed”. I have been blessed with more time with my family (wife and children) than my father was given (I was eight when my father died, my oldest child is seventeen) and what better gift ...

10 28 2018

Here Are Two Ways to Help the Christians in the Middle East

Before the many problems of the world, we can feel helpless and unable to respond to them. A particularly urgent crisis confronts us with the genocide of Christians in the Middle East. Although Secretary of State John Kerry officially recognized this persecution as genocide, the Obama administration did precious little to assist them and resettle t...

06 11 2018

There Ain’t No Rest for the Idealist

“You’re an idealist, and that’s a good thing, but an idealist is always suffering.”  A Priest whom I saw for spiritual direction in college once said this to me as we walked around campus together.  It was a profound moment for me because he articulated so simply and accurately what was so obvious from my experience, but what I could not ...

05 16 2018

Transformation: The Uncomfortable Reality of 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 suffering –...

03 17 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

Evangelical Suffering: The Martyrdom of Blessed Miguel Pro

Miguel Augustin Pro Juarez was ordained a Priest in Belgium on August 31, 1925.  Already by 1926, however, due to his poor health, Fr. Miguel’s superiors sent him back to his homeland of Mexico.  Thus began his story of heroic suffering for which he is known.  Less than a month after his arrival home, “an order suppressing all public worship...

04 10 2017

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