Praying with Trust

I have a great prayer intention. Before I offer it up, I check out every angle as if I’m purchasing a used car.  The tires are sound, because this prayer is absolutely not about me. In fact, it’s the most…

NewEvangelizers: Stirring Slumbering Souls

In Stirring Slumbering Souls, Michael Seagriff invites us to ponder 250 Eucharistic reflections and recognize two distinct voices, “the prophet calling Israel back to fidelity” and “the sweet Mother inviting us to trust in her Son.” A good many of…

Curing the Rot of the Clergy Scandal

A few years ago I broke my back. I spent a month in the hospital recovering, learning to perform basic actions like walking again. Getting out and getting home was one of the greatest reliefs of my life. About a…

Reflections of a Covenant

            For the husband is the head of the wife, even As Christ is the head of the church: And he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject Unto Christ,…

Reflections on Humanae Vitae Part IV: The Fruits of Contraceptive

In our last article in this series, we focused on the ills that Pope Paul VI predicted would happen if contraceptives became widely adopted. And it turns out that Paul was a prophet to our generation, one who has been…

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Staying Despite Scandal: Jesus is the Reason

A time of scandal for the church, a time when high-ranking clerics were found to be complicit in the sexual abuse of children, is a time that brings to a point the question of being part of the church. Who…

Can We Evangelize in the Midst of Scandal?

Like many Catholics, my heart hurts. It hurt years ago for those who we already knew about, including those hurt in the Philadelphia scandal, and the recent report was horrific clarification that made the old wound ache. However, the latest…

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How to Respond to Church Scandal

I have much, much more to say about this new round of scandals in our clergy that is causing so much turmoil among the faithful. But before I delve deep into my own personal feelings, I thought first about my…

Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance

I discovered Neal Lozano’s book, Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance, when our covenant community planned an Unbound Conference with him. About 50 of us learned how to cooperate with the Lord to gain freedom from the influence of evil…

Reading for the New Evangelization

Is It Okay To Ban Books?

This year, Banned Books Week is September 23-29, Many years this event has been more commemoration than celebration. There has been an edge of defiance to it as well—no one is going to tell me what I can read! Legitimate…