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Mercy and the Heart of Marriage

This article is a chapter I contributed to the book, Spirit and Life. What is marriage? The answer is clearly articulated by the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation...

Attention and the Sacrament of the Present Moment

Of all the faculties of human nature, one of the most powerful is that of attention. What we choose to attend to to a great degree shapes our experience of the world for good or ill. Our intellectual faculties are limited, and we simply cannot pay attention to all the visual or auditory stimuli we experience every day. And so...

Make Catholicism Weird Again: On Consumerism and Authentic Faith

Recently, a Pew Research survey cataloged the almost complete collapse of the faith in the United States. The facts are devastating. Only 26% of Catholics under forty in the U.S. believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the holy Eucharist. If the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith, the fountain from which the life of the...

A War for the Home: St. Charbel’s Powerful Call to Defend the Family

St. Charbel Makhlouf is a little known Maronite saint and priest-monk of the 19th century. While he lived most of his life in the relative silence and seclusion of monastic life, he quickly gained a widespread reputation for sanctity, and miracles were attributed to his prayers. He remained incorrupt after his death, and thousands flocked to venerate his relics. Miracles...

Be a Man: St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Rule of Life

St. Maxmilian Kolbe is my favorite saint. He lived a truly eucharistic life of missionary zeal, radiant holiness, and sacrificial love. Yet, his life of holiness was no accident; he did not wake up one morning a saint. Rather, his holiness was the result of constant spiritual effort that cultivated an intimate relationship with our Blessed Mother, with whom he...

On Grilling and the Love of God

One of my favorite pastimes is grilling meat. While I am very much an amateur, I find the flavor of grilled meat to be far superior to meat cooked in any other way. Grilling is the polar opposite of perverse modern forms of cooking, barely worthy of the name, like heating something in a microwave. Grilling is a process, and...

All Roads Lead to Rome: 10 Reasons to Become Catholic

"The difficulty of explaining 'why I am a Catholic' is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true." - G.K. Chesterton Many of you know that I am a convert to the Catholic church. Why, you may wonder, would anyone, especially in the 21st century, join such an archaic institution? And why on...

Hopeful Words from a Future Catholic Priest

There is a great deal of bad news about the state of the Catholic Church of late. We shouldn't deny it or dismiss it; to do so would be foolish. We should have our eyes wide open about the reality of our situation. But amidst the destruction wrought by sin and the failings of men, there are real signs of...

Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Catholic Church from Within with Dr. Taylor Marshall

For centuries, the Catholic Church was the last bulwark standing against the tidal wave of secularism, atheism, and moral decay that was sweeping the world. As converts like G.K. Chesterton gave witness, the Catholic faith was a fighting faith---fighting against the destructive ideas and moral rot plaguing society. Yet, something happened. The Church suddenly faced her own internal revolution, and...

Of Storms and Divine Grace

Spring in Oklahoma means storms---often violent, terrifying storms. Tornadoes, too, are not uncommmon this time of year, though, while some have struck only a few miles away, we have yet to experience one, thanks be to God. Such storms are frightening because of their intensity and potential for destruction, but also because of the sheer helplessness one feels in the...

Rules of the Game: Commandments and the Spiritual Life

Watch any sporting event---from football to tennis to Mixed Martial Arts--- and you will notice something significant: The inevitable presence of referees. Referees exist to enforce the rules of the game, for any sport worth watching has rules, and sometimes complex rules at that. Rules ensure fair play, but they also give the athletes boundaries within which they can exercise...

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