Choosing Not to Choose: On Culpability for Corruption

Remember, there is only an obligation to use all reasonable moral means to stop an evil and sometimes there are no such means. Yet people feel pressured to have to do something, anything. That is a trick of Satan.
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First Time, Every Time: The Danger of Voting for Trump

Well, I am done. I’m not going to raise my voice in chastisement again. I’m hitting the reset button. I expect representation “First time, every time.” [Read more…]

To Sam: A Letter on Letters. ‘Love, Henri’ and other gems.

There’s something about letters that you just can’t get from a book. When putting pen to paper in a letter, there is a level of rapport that allows for instant intimacy. There is a vulnerability to letters that is refreshing. [Read more…]

Another Police Shooting: Who’s to Blame? Maybe Me.

You and I didn’t shoot somebody last weekend, but we may well have contributed to structures of sin that result in situations like this. [Read more…]

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How many more? Another Unarmed Black Man Killed by Police.

What excuses will be made? “He didn’t follow police instructions.” So arrest him and charge him and take him to court. Disobeying police instructions is not a capital offense. [Read more…]

My Seven Favorite Episodes of Outside the Walls

It’s been a slow blogging week, with three of my six kids on their sickbeds, so I’ve decided to give you my seven favorite episodes of Outside The Walls. It should only take you seven hours to get through. [Read more…]

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The Importance of Being Present: The Lessons of Mother Teresa

Canonized Saints are a gift to us from the Church. These flawed human beings show us the depths of God’s grace, and the transformative power of the Holy Spirit, who isn’t content to just forgive our sins, or overlook our faults, but who is determined to complete the work of holiness in us! [Read more…]

I Have a Confession to Make

Shortly after my conversion, a social-media acquaintance of mine asked me to explain the Sacrament of Confession. I practically put together a syllabus for a semester-long lecture series. Tonight, As I stood in line for confession, I realized that I had tried to give a lecture instead of an answer. [Read more…]

Right Where We Are Wrong: Being Reformed by the Church

There is something weighty in the decision to become Catholic. One knows that it is somehow intrinsically different than joining any denomination. There would not have been trepidation before leaving my Methodist congregation to become a Baptist or a Non-Denominational, or an Anglican. Yet there were gasps and cautions expressed when I talked about becoming a Catholic. [Read more…]

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