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The Hero Always Comes Home

We should be reluctant to divide things that are not divided.  Or, if we are to divide things, we do so in a way that allows for them to be reunited so as to be more fruitful.  God, for example, “divides” Eve from the side of Adam, but then brings them together into beautiful fruitfulness.  This is the pattern of...

Two Acres and a Cow: Our Back to the Land Adventure

My wife and I have had a dream for several years. We've dreamt of a little house in the country with a few acres, a big garden, and some chickens---a life close to the land and in touch with the rhythms of the earth. We've envisioned a place where we could learn to work with our hands and know where our food...

Knowing and Doing

There are different kinds of knowledge. There is the abstract knowledge of facts and ideas, and then there's the knowledge that comes from experience. While both forms of knowledge are legitimate, there is little doubt that the knowledge from lived experience is deeper and more profound. Take for example the learning of a martial art. One can study the different...

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

Grab your pint glasses and phone your Fathers! Next Friday, 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...

Ite! The Necessity of Discipline

This post is part of a series. I hated discipline in high school.  I did not like to do homework.  I did not like to get up early.  It seemed like the only reason to be disciplined was to get good grades, then get into a good college, then get a good job, then get a lot of money, then...

The Sanctuary

Turmoil surrounds us. Chaos is ever present. Terrorist attacks, violence in our cities, political anarchy, threats of wars, and so much more. And that is not to mention the inner turmoil we experience---the many stresses of our daily lives, relationships which are frequently broken, and emotional wounds. No wonder many are plagued by anxiety. It easy to feel at times...

Ite! Go Forth With Friends

This post is part of a series. One of the times Jesus says “Go!” is pretty scary.  In the Gospel of Luke He sends His disciples on a preaching mission saying, “Go your way; behold I send you out as lambs among wolves” (Luke 10:3).  I live on a little farm and I can tell you that when a canine...

The Art of Being a Good Listener

I used to know a woman who talked incessantly. She had an extreme case of logorrhea, and from her lips poured forth a torrent, no a tidal wave of words. Conversations with her were far from a two-way dialogue. Rather, they were a one-sided assault. Even making a simple comment in response to something she said was well nigh impossible. She could hold...

Ite! The Call to Go Forth in Christ

Today, I begin a series geared especially toward young men that have experienced a renewed commitment to Christ or a recent conversion.  The series is titled Ite, is Latin for “go”.   I once taught my three-year-old son to climb up on the lower branches of a cedar tree.  I left for a while and when I came back he had...

The Assumption: Why It Matters for You

The perfection of all virtues and gifts of God is beatitude. In other words, the more perfect virtue and use of the gifts of God are, the more perfect is one’s happiness. And there is no greater happiness than to see God. That is why it is called the beatific vision and is the final grace that God gives those...

Faith of our Fathers: Why Tradition Matters

One of the most painful faculties for a person to lose is memory. This is one reason why diseases like Alzheimers are so tragic. When a person loses his or her memory, it is almost as if they have ceased to exist both to themselves and those around them. There are few things more painful than speaking to a mother, father,...

St. Thomas More: A Saint for the Persecuted Church

St. Thomas More is one of the great English saints of the Church and he is a wonderful saint for those individuals who are undergoing persecution for their Christian faith. St. Thomas More was born in 1478 in London where his father was a lawyer and judge. He received a stellar education at St. Anthony’s school and became a household page...