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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...

Art for God’s Sake: An Interview with Artist Daniel Mitsui

For years now, I have been captivated by the stunning work of Catholic artist Daniel Mitsui. Daniel is a master of his craft, illuminating manuscripts with the same skill and attention to detail as the great medieval artists. His work is both bold and intricate, and it leaps to life with vibrant colors and commanding figures. It is at once traditional...

Living for Likes: The Danger of Living to Please Others

As a blogger, one of the biggest temptations is to become fixated on likes, shares, and views, and to write everything so that it gets the most of them possible. Social media and the internet provide the ultimate feedback system, with instant knowledge of whether or not something was well received. The hard part is criticism, and the temptation is to...

Food as a Defender of Culture

Of the myriad heavenly and earthly themes that season the epic poem The Odyssey, one of the most central is the meal. Homer uses eating, drinking, and the customs surrounding meals as a touchstone of character that reflects a person’s inmost nature. Thus is illustrated the true selves of the swinish suitors as they devour another man’s abundance; or the noble Menelaus as...

I Hate NFP (But Need it Anyway)

Have you ever noticed how NFP (Natural Family Planning for the uninitiated) is marketed? It's sold with glossy photos of couples holding hands and dancing in flower-filled meadows, their faces plastered with blissful grins. It will make you so much more intimate! It will change your life! You'll never be so in love as when you chart your spouse's cycles! So...