Have a Chestertonian Marriage

A few years ago, a former student invited me to lunch. He was discerning the married life and he wanted my advice as a married man. I was shy to give it. It is not because I have a bad…

Christ winning our freedom on the cross

For freedom He set us free

“For freedom Christ has set us free.” (Gal 5:16) Why has Christ set us free? For freedom. Think about that; parse it. Christ did not set us free for some other reason and we got freedom as a bonus or…

Marathon Runners

Lent is Time to Get in Shape through Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving

Christianity is not a cheap religion. Being a Christian is difficult, and it takes sustained effort. Yes, Jesus freely offers salvation (we do not need to “earn” God’s love), but that doesn’t mean living a Christian life is easy: the…

Edging God out?

Are you excited about Lent this year? Making long lists of sacrifices, prayers and goals? Or do you hesitate to take on a new discipline to add to your packed schedule? When we take on a new goal to improve…

Genuine Places for Seekers in Your Parish

Where can a Seeker find belonging in typical American parish life? In Seeker Small Groups: Engaging Spiritual Seekers in Life Changing Discussions (2003) Garry Poole proposes small groups led by ordinary Christians as the best way to engage and evangelize seekers….

Create A Clean Heart In Me, O God

This year I celebrate the beginning of Lent, and I do mean celebrate. Yes, it is a time to turn back to God, to repent and atone and grow in virtue, and repentance does entail sorrow and contrition. But I…

Pitfalls for Modern Evangelizers

I happened upon a discussion of The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. For those who haven’t read this comically disturbing book, do so as soon as possible. It’s an instruction manual in spiritual warfare told from the enemy’s point-of-view as…

I Thought I Was a Bad Sinner Until I Really Examined My Conscience

This article is perhaps a little too revealing, but I hope it can help you assess your own sinful nature. I’ve been on a major journey of faith the last several years and I have been trying to do everything…

Just One Thing

So, I was thinking about Lent 2017 and all sorts of choices, proposed actions and guilts are swirling around in my head.  You know:  how Lent should make me better, amp up my spiritual life, change my prayer life and…

Jane Roe on the Damascus Road

In 1973, Norma McCorvey sued District Attorney of Dallas County Henry Wade over her desire to abort her unborn child.  Given the pseudonym “Jane Roe,” the case went all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.  The…