Christ carrying the cross

Take Up Your Cross, Parents

Being a parent is wonderful. It has made my life richer and better. That doesn’t mean it’s easy, though; let’s be honest. It’s also a challenge — but it is a challenge we should be willing to take up. It…

The Agony in the Garden

Remain here, and watch with me

Last month, I reflected on the first Sorrowful Mystery in light of my first morning praying outside of the local abortion clinic, as part of 40 Days for Life.  I was reading and praying Rosary Army’s Scriptural Rosary and found…

Abortion and the Way of Crowds

Not long ago, I spent my first morning standing outside of the local abortion clinic, praying as part of 40 Days for Life.  It’s hard to describe that first experience, to find words that sound neither prideful nor despairing. The…

Ad from 1897 for cocaine toothache drops, with two playing children pictured.

5 Lies We Once Believed

1..Cocaine is good for you.  It was marketed to people with toothaches. About one hundred years ago, if you had a toothache, you could buy cocaine from your local druggist.  You could buy cocaine over-the-counter. 2.  Beer is a pick-me-up….

Pulling the Weeds of Sin

St. Maximilian Kolbe wrote: The more light of God’s grace within a soul, the better we will see the weeds and imperfections at every step. The Sacred Scriptures say that a just man falls seven times daily. So as long…

Vulnerability

We’re all sinners. We hurt each other. We hurt each other even when we purport to love each other. In fact, it is easiest to hurt when we also love. I’ve had relatives disparage my cooking. I could care less….

You Can’t Win

You can’t win. You can’t. But that’s nothing new. Jesus and John faced the same problem: “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places and calling to their playmates, ‘We piped…

At the Service of Truth

I recently had the pleasure of attending Sean McAfee’s class on the Social Media Magisterium. Among the readings was Pope Paul VI’s 1972 Message for the World Social Communications Day.  The theme that year was “The Media of Social Communications…

Mount Rushmore

Chiseling at God’s Workmanship

We are God’s workmanship.  But.. when will we be done? When will we each become who we’re supposed to be? “On learning that weather erodes granite one inch every 100,000 years, sculptor Gutzon Borglum added an extra three inches to…

How Different the Saints

On the last page of Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis writes: “Until you have given up your whole self to Him, you will not have a real self. Sameness is to be most among the most natural men and not…