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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...

The World is on Fire. Here’s What You Can Do to Help.

Even a cursory glance at news headlines is enough to plunge one into anxiety. Mass-killings. Inflamed, hate-filled rhetoric. Mutual mockery. Revelings in perversion. Moral debauchery. Religious persecution. Terrorism. Scandals. These are the defining marks of our age, it seems. And that is not to mention the polarized cacophony of insults and vitriol that social media has become. There is so...

7 Books that Should Be on Your Shelf in 2019

The saints tell us that reading a good Catholic book can enrich your soul and help you grow in holiness. And I've found that maxim true in my own life. Here are 7 books I recommend reading this year. 1. Tradition and Sanity: Conversations & Dialogues of a Postconciliar Exile (Dr. Peter Kwasniewski) In our rootless age, embracing tradition is...

This Lent, Feed the Hunger Within

When we think of Lent, it rarely calls to mind feeding our desires. Rather, for those who fast or engage in other penitential practices, Lent feels like a a seasons of denying our hunger and of mortifying desires. Perhaps it is even a season where we feel physically hungry for the first time in a long time. This is well...

Is it Okay to Meditate as a Catholic?

With the rise of Headspace, Calm, and all of the other mindfulness meditation apps, those of us coming from a Christian background can have a lot of very good questions: are these methods okay to use? Are they bad or evil? Are they Buddhist? Are they in line with Church teaching? I, myself, was an avid Headspace user for 3...

What is Truth? Discerning What is Real from Propaganda

But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:2 Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” John 18:38 “The 1640’s in England were the propaganda years, when myth became truth because so...

Just Say No to Alexa

“Man is the only animal nature has endowed with the gift of speech.”- Aristotle, Politics https://youtu.be/HNupT9okYlU It is estimated that almost a quarter of American homes have a voice-enabled ‘smart speaker,’ and experts predict that over half of households will within a few years. The lion’s share of these devices are Amazon’s Alexa. A closer consideration of this situation could render...

Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

There is something about a new year that psychologically feels like a new beginning. Of course, nothing has really changed other than rather numbers on the calendar. But it feels like a fresh start, nonetheless, and as a result, resolutions are en vogue this time of year. The captains of commerce are well aware of this, and get-rich-quick schemes, diet books,...

Loving God Above All

In the Gospel of Mark, when a scribe questioned Jesus about the most important commandments, Jesus replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all you heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30). Men, this is difficult to truly embrace. When you think about it realistically, there are so many...

A Call to Catholic Men: Join in Prayer and Sacrifice for the Church

Anyone who has been halfway paying attention will know that the Church is facing a serious crisis---one fueled by sexual scandals, financial corruption, and increasing doctrinal confusion. It's a crisis of more than just policy too. The utter failure of many in the hierarchy to faithfully teach and proclaim the most basic tenets of the faith, coupled with grave moral...