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Unwanted: Healing the Roots of our Sexual Brokenness

Have longed to be free of sexual sin? Have you found yourself confessing the same sexual sins over and over? Have you lost hope that you will ever be free from porn or other unwanted sexual behavior?  Recently, I had the privilege of sitting down with Jay Stringer, a psychotherapist and researcher who recently wrote a new book called Unwanted: How Sexual...

The Many Faces of Manhood

Within contemporary culture, manhood has been placed in a box, and a quite small one at that. The only accepted version of a real man is one-dimensional: aggressive, musclebound, dangerous, and unfeeling.   In saner times this was not so. There were many archetypes of manhood. The warrior. The poet. The philosopher. The king. While some exceptional men were all of the above,...

The Weapon of Thanksgiving: Living Eucharistically in Everyday Life

Chesterton once said that "Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing in him...praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul." Truer words were never spoken. We are creatures made for thanksgiving. Praise is not one of a thousand potential modes of life---it is our fundamental vocation as human beings. In this talk,...

Suffering and Strength

One of the most pernicious lies of the modernity is that we were made for comfort. Every day, thousands of advertisements and so-called experts promise us a life free from suffering and pain---if only we buy one more thing.  Yet, the comfortable life they promise is an illusion. For all our advancements in science and technology, suffering is no further...

The Gift of a Father’s Blessing

Scripture begins with the story of creation. God pours out his creativity and handiwork on the world, filling it with life and abundance. On the final day of creation, God creates mankind, made in his own image, as the culmination and the crown of his labors.  God then admires his work, granting it the primordial blessing: "It is very good"...

Grab your Pint Glasses, Buy a Priest a Beer Day is Coming!

Grab your pint glasses and phone your Fathers! This Sunday, September 9, is International Buy a Priest a Beer Day!  On this festive day, faithful Catholics all over the world take their priests out for a beer and get to know them better. It’s a beautiful Catholic tradition that goes back to the time of St. Hopswald of Aleyard, the...

There’s Good In This World. And It’s Worth Fighting For.

The reality of evil can be simply overwhelming. When it dawns upon us the extent to which evil has seemingly prevailed in the world and, yes, even in the Church, it can be tremendously disheartening. Nevertheless, I would argue that, despite appearances, there is more good in the Church and in the world than evil. Evil simply gets more attention. ...

Hold Fast

A crisis of historic proportions is facing the Catholic Church. The moral rot and corruption that has infected the Church to the highest echelons is being exposed like a festering wound for all to see. And it is an ugly sight.  But the truth is, the crisis has existed for some time now, though many were either were ignorant of...

Calvary: A Film for Our Times

The following is a review of the film Calvary. Spoilers Ahead. Calvary is rated R and earns this rating. Viewer discretion advised.  I first watched the film Calvary four years ago. I remember leaving the theater feeling shocked and not a little disgusted. It was a brutal film, even an ugly film. And yet, four years later, I believe it is exactly the film we...

Wickedness in High Places

The world is sick with sin. And not just the world, but the Church. The latest revelations about the depth and degree of the rot and moral corruption within the priesthood and the hierarchy, reaching all the way to the highest echelons of power, are nothing less than nauseating. The frightening truth is, we likely don't know the half of...

Fear: The Root of Many Faults

Many of our faults and failings are more complex than we at first realize. Our patterns of behavior are rarely random, and surface sins are often merely symptomatic of deeper, more subtle wounds in our souls. Fear is a prominent example of a deeper wound, for fear, perhaps second only to pride, is the cause of many of our faults...

You Can’t Buy Holiness

I don't have a book problem, I tell my wife, I have a bookshelf problem. Our home is overflowing with books on every conceivable topic, with nearly every bookshelf double stacked. Yet, despite this superabundance of tomes, my wishlist remains filled with hundreds more books I would like to buy in the future. No matter how many I seem to...

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