The Spirit of the Saint’s Journey

I want to be a warrior, a priest, an apostle, a doctor of the Church, a martyr—there is no heroic deed I do not wish to perform. I feel as daring as a crusader, ready to die for the Church upon the battlefield.I long to bring light to souls, like the prophets and doctors; to ...

The Desert Experiences of a Jedi Knight and an Apostle of God

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” or “Monomyth” is a story pattern discovered by Joseph Campbell. His most famous book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, has influenced many ...

Gotham, Metropolis and the City set on a Hill

Is the Church like Gotham City, diseased and dysfunctional and in need of purification from within, or is the Church like Metropolis, virtuous and whole and in need of protection from outside threats? Does Christ raise different saints within the Church at different times and if so what can we learn about the talents and ...

Gandalf’s Baptism in the Bowels of Moria

One of the greatest scenes in The Lord of the Rings is Gandalf’s battle with the Balrog. Whenever I watch it or read it, I cannot help but think of the Fellowship’s “plunge” into the darkness of Moria and return to daylight as a sort of baptism for the entire group, especially Gandalf the Grey. ...

Are you a sheep or a goat?

The first Sunday of Advent's Gospel reading (December 2, 2018) tells us that the end of time will be so dramatic that some people will die of fright in anticipation of Christ’s return (Luke 21:26). “For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth” (Luke 21:35). Assault, which is associated ...

Three Ways Thanksgiving is like the Catholic Mass

Give Thanks The central purpose of Thanksgiving is to give thanks for our blessings received throughout the year. The central purpose of the Mass is the Eucharist which comes from the Greek word meaning thanksgiving. Eucharist, because it is an action of thanksgiving to God. The Greek words eucharistein and eulogein recall the Jewish blessings ...

What does the Catholic Church Teach About Immigration?

It is being reported that 7,000 immigrants are walking to the United States’ southern border just in time for a contentious midterm election. Some carry flags from their home countries. Some sing national anthems from their home countries. Their chants include “Si se pudo!” (“Yes, we could [can]!”) What does the Catholic Church teach about ...

Why we believe God is Holy Trinity

The mystery of the Holy Trinity is beyond complete human understanding, but let me share one particular reason with you why we believe God is Holy Trinity. God Lacks Nothing God lacks nothing. He is full and complete. In fact, God is so full that His goodness overflows to us. His grace is "superabundant." If ...

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

[Please visit Relevant Radio to listen to my interview about this article.]  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 ...

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