Don’t Engage with the Tempter

There are so many sources of temptation today. Though they classically come from three sources — the world, the flesh, and the devil — or what Aristotle might call their efficient causes, they manifest in many different people, places, and…

Christ the Teacher and the Accuracy of the Gospels

Some people have trouble accepting the accuracy of the Gospels. Even if we accept that some of the New Testament was written just 20 to 30 years after the Resurrection, that’s still 20 or 30 years. That’s a lot of…

Warning: Adult Content

Recently, I read a good book called Do Hard Things, by brothers Alex and Brett Harris. (It also has a foreward by Chuck Norris. I know better than to cross Chuck Norris.) It’s about rebelling against society’s low expectations of…

Be a Sheep!

Don’t be a sheep! I am not a sheep! I think for myself! You’re all just a bunch of sheep! We see it on signs and bumper stickers. We hear it and read it. We’re told by the world not…

Eucharist in the Head and Heart

Editor’s Note:  This is a re-post from last year; I thought it fit give that we celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi last Sunday. My son just received his First Holy Communion, so I’ve been thinking and talking a lot…

St. Paul Preaching at the Areopagus

Should We Debate?

I don’t like to debate. Really, I don’t. I’ve always seen myself as a catechist rather than an apologist. And yet, I find myself in debates at times — often lengthy ones — especially on social media. When I’m in…

Conspiracy!

Last month, we explored the intersection of False Memory and True Scripture. Can people manufacture false memories — memories of things that didn’t happen? Yes. Is that evidence against the apostolic witness? Far from it. Let’s consider another angle. Here…

St. Luke, by Andrea Mantegna

False Memory and True Scripture

Psychological studies have shown that we’re not fully reliable witnesses. Our brains can be tricked–by ourselves or by others. Witnesses to an accident or crime, for example, can lead themselves (or be led by others) to remember details that were…

The Triumph of the Innocents, William Holman Hunt

Father Forgive Them

This marks my last of five Biblical meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries and 40 Days for Life, using Rosary Army’s Scriptural Rosary.  In the Fifth Sorrowful Mystery meditation, consider Jesus’ words from the cross: “And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them;…

Christ before Pilate

Bearing Witness to the Truth

Since taking part in my first 40 Days for Life, I’ve been reflecting on the Sorrowful Mysteries — in particular, a set of Biblical meditations from Rosary Army’s Scriptural Rosary.  In the Second Sorrowful Mystery meditation, we read this: “Jesus…