Answered Prayers – Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

There are many reasons Catholics don’t pray the Rosary. Some are ignorant of the Rosary because they’ve never been taught. Some have abandoned the practice as “old school”, something their grandmothers did because they didn’t have a real, personal relationship…

God’s Surprising Mercy

When the Lord led his people through a hot, dry desert, they did not suffer from thirst. He made water come from a rock for them; he split the rock open, and water flowed out. Isaiah 48:21 Isaiah said the…

A Light in the Storm

For God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts to give the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6)     Darkness: How…

What is Salvation?

If our idea of salvation isn’t God’s idea, then (spoiler alert!) by extension the Good News that we proclaim and announce isn’t going to be truly Good. Earlier this year, the Congregation for the Doctrine [aka Teaching] of the Faith, published…

Pyramids at Giza

What Lasts Forever?

“Nothing lasts forever”, the saying goes. Indeed, most of the things we make or build are impermanent: even the great pyramids are eroded by the desert winds. Our relationships seem impermanent too: every person has experienced loss in their lives:…

An Epidemic of Loneliness – We are the Cure

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love.” – Saint…

The Praying Mantis messenger

What does a praying mantis have to do with a new job? I was barely out of college. My journalism degree helped me land a part-time office job with the publisher of a Texas restaurant guide. The hours were flexible,…

Jesus, How Long Are You Going to Keep Us In Suspense?!?

Imagine you’re sitting on an outer porch of the Jerusalem Temple during the time of Jesus. You’re at one end of a massive stone structure, as large as six football fields. And, you’re on a height, nearly ten stories up in…

For God so love the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish, but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the…

On Pride and Christian Privilege

In the Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape educates a lesser demon on using a new Christian’s pride: “He must be made to feel (he’d better not put it in to words) ‘how different we Christians are’; and by ‘we Christians’…