What Will You Give Up For the Kingdom?

I was just reading about a teacher who asked his students to imagine that they were living in the South during the height of slavery. He asked all of them if they would have publicly opposed this evil institution. Naturally,…

They Want You To Feel Alone

Have you ever felt like the world no longer makes sense to you? Do you look at the chaos on the news and the general breakdown of all of the moral pillars on which you were raised and think “I…

Holy Spirit, moving

Moving with God

A life with God is not static. Christians sometimes seem to think that God is merely a good idea: once we get our facts straight, we live according to them, and everything is set. But this is far from the…

Racism, Protesting, and the Catholic Church

Since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, there has been a great deal of upheaval in this country. A great deal of outrage has been expressed about racial inequality and police brutality. In addition to this, there have been…

Die, Rise, and Go – The Process of Evangelization

In the liturgical year we are now reliving the first novena: the original nine days of prayer between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday. In that time, the disciples gathered in prayer and preparation for the day that they would burst…

Love People to Love God

As Christians, we are called to love God. We are also called to love our neighbor. But the love of God and the love of neighbor are not merely two different things we are asked to do. They are actually…

Evangelization by Listening

The goal of evangelization is not to win arguments. If you are a reader of this website, you probably come here sometimes for answers on how best to answer some religious objection you’ve encountered or for some new way to…

The End of Penance

We have now left the penitential season of Lent. For many of us, as soon as this time ended, we dropped our Lenten sacrifices like a bad habit. In some sense, this is right and proper since we are not…

40 Days After Easter

We are in the Easter Season. It always struck me as a strange quirk of our modern society that we have such a hard time keeping track of the liturgical seasons. All throughout Advent, people say that we are in…

Control is an Illusion

It is natural for us as human beings to want to exercise some control over our lives. Each of us use our wits, our effort, our strength to try to make the world a better place for ourselves. For many…