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You Cannot Fail: Learning to Grow Through Our Faults

Deriving profit from our faults is one of the most important topics in the spiritual life. It is quite certain that, in the designs of God, the faults into which He permits us to fall ought to serve for our sanctification, and that it depends on us to draw this advantage from them. Nevertheless, it happens, on the contrary, that...

The Most Unpopular Commandment

Of all Jesus commandments, there is one that is more unpopular than any other. It's the one commandment where I've heard people say that Jesus didn't really mean what he said. I've even heard more excuses for this sin than for sins of the flesh. What is this commandment? It is the commandment not to judge others.  Yes, rash judgement of...

The Pharisee, the Publican, and You

The Easter Triduum fast approaches. It is a time in which we remember Christ embracing the cross for the love of us, and one in which we joyfully celebrate his triumphant resurrection, which is the source of all our hope. But it is also a time of remembering what Christ saved us from, namely, our sins. Today, I want to reflect briefly...

Resolutions, Failures, and the New Year

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set out to remedying them. Every day begin the task anew." -St. Francis de Sales If you're anything like me, you have a love-hate relationship with New Year's resolutions. Oh, you like the idea of course. Who doesn't...

Custody of the Eyes: What it is and How to Practice It

 Oh! how many are lost by indulging their sight!  - St. Alphonsus de Ligouri If your eye offends you, pluck it out. - Jesus We live in a hyper-sexualized, even pornified culture, and if you're a man who wants to be pure, you're going to be involved in a constant warfare against lust. Everything from toothpaste commercials to weight loss ads have some sort...

Preparing for a Good Lent: Penance

"How beautiful, how necessary is penance." - St. Francis of Assisi Penance is an unpopular topic these days. Perhaps it is because we have become soft, even wimpy, valuing comfort over anything else. Maybe it's due to a misguided attempt to seem less rigid and legalistic. Then again, maybe it's really because we don't think we have any sins over which to be penitent. Whatever...

Pope Condemns Abortion… in 1588

In the U.S., today is the March for Life. Over 500,000 pro-life Americans will gather in the nation's capitol to remember the 56 million children lost to the violence of abortion and to call for an end to this crime against humanity. But it is important to remember that abortion didn't start with the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision,...

The Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony

The following post is part of a guest series by Jason Liske of Ascending Mount Carmel. Jason is also a freelance writer and social media contributor at Monkrock. You can read more about him here. The following post is used with permission. "We  overcome after a fashion, perhaps, our serious and dangerous vices, but  there it stops. The small desires we freely...

The Seven Deadly Sins: Envy

The following post is part of a guest series by Jason Liske of Ascending Mount Carmel. Jason is also a freelance writer and social media contributor at Monkrock. You can read more about him here. The following post is used with permission. The sin of envy is a precursor to wrath, much more subtle than its counterpart, and able to slip past...

Let’s Talk About Porn

Let's talk about porn. I know it it's an uncomfortable subject, but ignoring it will do no good. The fact is, pornography addiction is a massive and growing problem---especially for men. If you don't believe me, here are some shocking statistics: 12% of websites online are pornographic Every second, over 28,000 people are looking at porn 40 million Americans are...

The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath

The following post is part of a guest series by Jason Liske of Ascending Mount Carmel. Jason is also a freelance writer and social media contributor atMonkrock. You can read more about him here. The following post is used with permission. Wrath is a sin that not thought of as easily as some of the other sins. In my own experience, my...

The Seven Deadly Sins: Lust

The following post is part of a guest series by Jason Liske of Ascending Mount Carmel. Jason is also a freelance writer and social media contributor at Monkrock. You can read more about him here. The following post is used with permission. The seven deadly sins, as we now know them, can be thought of as seven of the most...