Lessons of the Sower, Part 1: The Path

Sharing the joy of the Gospel is not always an easy thing.  There are many challenges that lay before us.  That is why Jesus told us the Parable of the Sower.  In it, a man sows seeds which represent God’s…

The Hypocrisy Problem

Anyone who has tried to pass on the Gospel, be it in the classroom, in the home, or every day life, has encountered the hypocrisy problem. We are calling people to goodness and holiness.  Yet most of us are keenly…

Tenebrae: A Light in the Darkness

Anyone who does not see darkness in the world is blind.  Think of the darkness in the world. Conflict and wars all over the world, with the nation’s military spread thin throughout the regions.  And the more there is military…

On the Necessity of Self-Love

I remember growing up in the 1980’s.  One of the big musical hits was Whitney Houston’s, “The Greatest Love of All.”  It had wonderful lyrics about believing that children are our future, overcome adversity, etc.  But it wasn’t until I…

St. Joseph: Wonder Worker

I pray to St. Joseph every single day. Someone once said to me that St. Joseph actually had it pretty hard in his house.  He sat down at the dinner table between the Incarnate Word and the Immaculate Conception; if…

Resolution in the Abstract

I am not qualified to write this article.  I will freely admit that up front, lest anyone accuse me of presenting a better picture of myself than what is found in reality.  But truth is truth and the truth is…

Music: God’s Arrow to the Heart

Most of my articles here at New Evangelizers have focused on apologetics: giving a logical and systematic defense and explanation of the faith.  As a religion teacher, this has been the focus of my career, to remove the intellectual obstacles…

Don’t Think Like an Atheist

We live in a much different society than in ages past.  Modernity tends towards skepticism in a way that no other age has.  In this regard, it is important to meet the questions of the day and the people in…

Tapping into an After-Christmas Spirit

The presents have been opened.  The cards have all been sent and filed.  We laughed, we hugged, we ate roast beast.  For many of us, the decorations have already come down.  (Of course in the Grayson household, they stay up…

Catholic Pop Culture of 2013

There are many vulgar and immoral things in today’s popular culture.  As a good friend of mine said, “Television today is a moral cesspool.”  I therefore understand the impulse and reaction of many who choose not to spend their free…