Are You Scandalized?

First there were resignations by the Chilean bishops. Then there was Cardinal McCarrick and the revelation of the Pennsylvania grand jury report. And now we have allegations by Archbishop Vigano about Pope Francis. God’s People have been abused. We feel betrayed. The Body of Christ is hurting. Catholics are asking themselves many questions. How could ...

Five Reasons Why the Church Needs Deacons Right Now

Many people don’t know exactly what deacons are or how they fit into the Church. This article provides five reasons why we need permanent deacons in the Church right now, but before we do that let’s look at the differences between transitional and permanent deacons and the three degrees of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. ...

What if…David Versus Goliath

The Bible is full of interesting details which can be easily overlooked. One such example is in the story of David and Goliath, which appears in 1 Samuel 17:1–54. Saul, who is the King of Israel, gives his armor coat, bronze helmet, and sword to young David who has volunteered to fight Goliath. The giant ...

Finnan and the Seven Mountains: A Catholic Story for the New Evangelization

I once read a book that said whoever tells and lives the best stories will rule the future. That book did not take into account Divine Providence and God's Grace, but the statement bears truth nevertheless. Media (TV, Internet, movies, books, etc.) is dominated by the secular world, but people are looking for more than ...

Can Good Leaders Afford to be Patient with Underperforming Team Members?

I recently read an article about patience in the workplace. The author argues that patience is not really a virtue or, at best, it is a ”minor” virtue because it is not one of the theological or cardinal virtues. The author says that consumer impatience is good because it forces the market to create better ...

How to Respond to the Sin of Calumny

Pope Francis has made strong comments against gossip more than once. He has called gossip a form of “terrorism,” an enemy of harmony and has warned that gossip has the potential to destroy the local and universal Church from within. He says gossip is one of the devil’s two favorite weapons of division, the other ...

Submitting to Reality

In his book Mastery, Robert Greene discusses the process of how human beings master a particular skill or craft. He examines the lives of different “masters” throughout history including Leonardo DaVinci and Charles Darwin. Greene analyzes human achievement from a purely secular viewpoint. There is no discussion in his book about God’s grace or divine ...

Five Ways to Pray Like Jesus

In the Gospels of Matthew and Luke Jesus teaches us The Lord’s Prayer. (Matt 6:9-15; Luke 11:1-4) The words Jesus gave us are universally accepted by Christians as the perfect prayer, but if we read Matthew closely, we discover more about not only the words that Jesus taught us, but also how he prayed. In ...

The Saint’s Journey III: The Pilgrim Church and the Communion of Saints

This is the final part of a three-part series on the Saint’s Journey. In part one we talked about the Hero’s Journey, how it shows up in fictional narratives and in the narratives of our lives, the limits of the Hero’s Journey and myths and how Christians might approach the truths that come from imperfect ...

The Armor of God

Yesterday we celebrated Memorial Day when we honor and remember the warriors who gave their lives for this country. Over the past two hundred years, brave men and women have fought all over the world to protect the freedoms that we cherish so dearly. Today’s weapons of war are more lethal than the weapons we ...

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