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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...

The Practice of Silence for Lay People

Silence. It's a word that is both appealing and terrifying. It is a word that can either connote peace and calm, or frightening isolation. While some might find the idea of silence appealing, the truth is, most of us don't do well with perfect quiet. Have you ever sat alone in a room, only to hear sounds you had never noticed before? The ticking...

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...

Courage

This post is part of the ongoing #FultonFridays featuring the writings of Ven. Fulton Sheen.  Goodness, patriotism, honesty and loyalty are losing their battles not by conflict, but by default. Those who are called to be defenders of what is right are not wounded in the battle. They flee. Courage has always been in the past the attribute of those...

Build a Bonfire for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

There's just something about men and fire. We love it. The snapping wood angrily spitting sparks. The hypnotic dance of the flames. The pulsing glow of light filling the dark night. The warmth of matter turned into energy. It's all a bit magical. And if you're looking for an excuse to build a bonfire, the Church gives us a great reason...

The Essential Presence of a Father

Recently, at the park with my wife and son, I witnessed one of the saddest sights I’ve seen in a long time. A little boy, about five or six, was there with his dad. Normally, this would be a wonderful thing, but the tragedy was, they weren’t spending time with each other. The dad was engrossed in his phone —...

St. Francis de Sales: A Profile in Courage

St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church, was one of the greatest evangelists and most powerful confessors during the Counter-Reformation. His writings on Catholic spirituality still inspire the faithful today and his words still resonate across the centuries. Yet there was a time when Francis was entirely incapacitated by doubt and fear. When Francis de Sales was a young...

Lift Up Your Hearts: 10 Tips for Newcomers to the Latin Mass

I've shared before on this blog my love for the ancient Roman Rite, also known as the Latin Mass, the Tridentine Mass, or the Extraordinary Form. But whenever I write about this topic, I inevitably get emails from readers who were inspired to visit a Mass in the Extraordinary Form, only to be confused and disoriented the entire time. The...

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...