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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

Navy Seals And Ownership

“The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.” Don Shula “Excuses are the tools of the incompetent.” Mike Tomlin I was emptying out our dishwasher a few nights back. My wife had pulled some Christmas plates out of storage and cleaned them to help us enter into the season. As I was unloading the dozen plates, my 4 yea...

12 27 2016

A Voter’s Guide to The Apocalypse

These are tough days to be a voting Catholic. It was easier when we could pull the “intrinsically evil” card, and feel morally justified because we had avoided voting for anyone who supported an action which -- as the American Bishops put it in their document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship -- is "always opposed to the authentic go...

11 01 2016

When You Hate Being A Father

It is with heavy heart and weary mind that I present what is one of the hardest statements I’ve ever written: I wish I were not a father today. I should probably clarify this little bit of bitterness. I do not mean that I wish I did not have my two beautiful boys, who look up at me with their mother’s deep blue eyes. I do not mean I regret t...

10 21 2016

Founding Fathers – Isaac Jogues and John de Brebeuf

Most often when an American thinks of the Founding Fathers names such as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, or George Washington are the first to be considered. And indeed, they are the true Founders of the American Republic in which the Constitution and ideals of endowed rights of the individual coming from God were written into law. However, in...

10 18 2016

4 Signs That Persecution Is Near

Do you think that in our lifetime we will witness the blood of Christian citizens on the hands of our nation’s leaders?  Will the “mild” persecution of government override of conscience, forced monetary compliance for morally objectionable ends and attempts at limiting free speech be the worst of what we will see?  Such an assumption seems,...

10 17 2016

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