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 ...

Saint George: The Humble Dragonslayer

Saint George, patron saint of England and the military, is one of the most popular saints in all of Christianity. We are not sure about his birth date, but we believe he was martyred on April 23, 303 by Emperor Diocletian. George’s father was from Cappadocia and his mother was from Palestine. Both were Christians ...

The Saint’s Journey II: The Stories of a Jedi Knight and an Apostle of God

This is part two 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 sources. ...

The Saint’s Journey I: The Hero’s Journey and the Limits of Truth and Myth

This is part one of a three-part series on the Saint’s Journey. You may have never heard of the “Hero’s Journey” or “Monomyth” before, but if you have ever read a book or watched a movie, then you have encountered it. The Hero’s Journey is not only found in fictional stories though. It appears to be part ...

How is a Saint “canonized” in the Catholic Church?

The canonization process is complicated and often misunderstood, especially by non-Catholics. Many wonder “What is a Servant of God versus a Venerable?” Another favorite question posed is “Aren’t we all saints? So who cares what the Church says about canonizing them?” I hope this article makes the canonization process easier to understand and clarifies what actually happens ...

Three lessons learned from the “Gentle Saint’s” duel with lawyers

St. Francis de Sales is a Saint, Doctor of the Church, and bears the special title Doctor of Devotion. He is also known as the “Gentle Saint.” It was his peaceful and humble personality that helped him in his ministry to convert thousands of Calvinists back to the Catholic faith in southern France during the ...

A Reflection on Leadership: Don’t be a “rotten grape” or a “wretched tenant”

One of the most discussed topics in organizations today is the subject of "leadership." There are books and TED talks galore telling us all how to be great leaders. Some of them provide good insights, but notwithstanding all of the material out there on this subject, many people still have a fundamental misunderstanding about what ...

St. Augustine, On Patience

Before reading St. Augustine's On Patience I did not clearly associate that virtue with suffering. I always just thought of patience as the virtue I need to practice to be kind when my family is running late to an event or to remain calm when someone cuts me off on the highway. However, patience is ...

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