Protecting Our Addictions

A Saint Against Despair – Mark Ji Tianxiang

If you are anything like me, I often feel very despondent of the sin in my life. As the years go on, I do note some spiritual growth. But I am constantly struggling with sins that troubled me from my…

Crafty Virtue: Lessons from the Dishonest Steward

One of Jesus’ most challenging parables is the one about the Dishonest Steward in Luke 16. In that story, a wealthy man is about to dismiss one of his stewards for being dishonest. The steward, wanting to ingratiate himself with…

Reflecting on Jesus’ Grandparents

A few days ago we celebrated the feast of Sts. Anne and Joachim, the parents of the Virgin Mary. Very little can be said about them with certainty. Neither of Mary’s parents are named in the Scriptures. We find these…

10 Commandments in the Modern World Pt 10 – Be Happy for Others

Commandment 10: Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s goods. In our last article, we covered coveting your neighbor’s wife. In this one we will talk about our neighbor’s possessions. It is very natural to want what someone else has. We…

All Those Immoral People

10 Commandments in the Modern World Pt 9 – Relationship Boundaries

Commandment 9: Thou shall not covet thy neighbors wife. In the version of the 10 Commandments found in the book of Exodus place both objects of covetous desires, your neighbor’s wife and his goods, into the same commandment. The version…

Remember Who You Are

There is important liturgical concept called “anamnesis.” Literally translated it means “remembering.” It is so fascinating to me how important this concept is in the Scriptures. In the Exodus, God says of the Passover, “This day you are to remember;…

Stations of the Cross using New Media

Why Do We Have to Die?

“Why do we have to die?” This is a question that many of us wrestle with for as long as we’ve understood the concept of death. It is that thing that so many of us fear above all things. But…

The Little Saints of Fatima

On May 13th, the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis canonized Jacinta and Francisco Marto. These siblings were two of the visionaries of that extraordinary event, along with their older cousin Lucia. With…

10 Commandments in the Modern World Part VIII: Don’t Bear False Witness

“Do Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor.” The most basic reformulation of this principle is “Don’t lie.” Most of us understand this idea as something that was instilled in us as soon as we could talk. We are taught…

10 Commandments in the Modern World Part VII: Don’t Steal

Don’t take what’s not yours. This is a principle that most of us learn in kindergarten. And for the most part, I would imagine that many of us are not law breakers who engage in theft. So what does this…