The Measure of Success

Everyone who wants to be a failure, please raise your hand. That’s what I thought. We all want to be good at what we do, to be competent and respected and admired. We even spend large amounts of money on...

Fr. Augustine Tolton: America’s First Black Priest

At night the river looked deeper than ever as the woman rowed across it with her three small children. That was dangerous enough but they were being pursued. They were being shot at. They were fleeing for their lives....

Six Ways to Live a Joyful Life from St. John Bosco

If there’s one undeniable fact about human nature, it’s that we all want to be happy. We crave joy—infinite, endless joy. The problem is, we often look for happiness in all the wrong places, leaving ourselves frustrated and miserable. The plethora of...

The Book That Made Me Catholic

If I were to tell you that I had a talking donkey, you would probably chuckle and pour another drink. If I were to insist that I was entirely serious, you would probably back away slowly and, with no masked alarm, look...

#FultonFridays: The Meaning of Death

Because this past Wednesday we reflected on our mortality and heard, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” I thought it fitting to share a meditation from Bishop Sheen on the meaning of death. ...

Give Up Porn for Lent

I know, I know, I’ve been writing about porn and purity a lot lately. But there’s a good reason—It’s a HUGE problem.  When 64% of Christian men admit to watching porn at least monthly, and at least 21%...

The Duty of the Moment

I’m a dreamer. I have more plans and ideas than I can possibly execute. Ideas for apostolates, books, essays, blog posts, hobbies I want to pursue, and so much more. And I dream big. I read the writings of...

Mass Appeal: How the Traditional Mass Engages All Five Senses

Back in the nineteenth century Father Frederick Faber famously wrote that the Mass was the “most beautiful thing this side of heaven.” As every Mass is a re-presentation of Calvary, and the altar itself the place where heaven and...

#FultonFridays: The Sanctity of Life

On Fridays, I post excerpts from the writings of the great American bishop and media evangelist, Ven. Fulton J. Sheen. I call them #FultonFridays. We live in a “throw away” civilization. Obsolescence is built into electric light bulbs, automobiles and...

Why Do So Many Millennials Become Catholic?

Why do so many millennials become Catholic? It’s not because they’re hipper than thou, and it’s certainly not because they’re holier. Michelangelo’s writhing, unfinished statues of slaves, struggling in their prisons of stone, are a picture of millennial converts to Catholicism: broken...

How to Overcome Bad Habits

On Fridays, I post excerpts from the writings of the great American bishop and media evangelist, Ven. Fulton J. Sheen. I call them #FultonFridays. “I have a bad temper,” or “I drink too much”—“”I am always criticizing,” or “I am...

Memento Mori: 5 Benefits of Remembering Your Death

On the freeway near my home is a rather somber flashing sign that updates travelers on the number of traffic deaths for the year. It is certainly sobering to see the number rise each week. At the beginning of last year...