Hello, reader. And welcome. Let’s, right off the bat, talk about the crazy things that have to bring the two of us—you and me—together today. First, some crazy person maybe an aunt, an uncle, a deranged sibling, or a complete stranger has invited you to a Catholic Mass. How weird. You know, Catholics aren’t that great at sharing our faith (we’re getting better, I swear!) so the fact that you’ve been invited to Mass is already one decisive step in the… Read more

As a result of my writing, I end up getting a lot of e-mails and comments from people on all different kinds of journeys. Some are from people journeying into faith; some are from people journeying out of faith. Some e-mails and comments are from people who feel hoodwinked by a faith they grew up with and can no longer believe in. I get all sorts. Recently, I was in a discussion with someone decidedly on their way out of a… Read more

As an Evangelical convert to Catholicism I’ve been deeply interesting in the growing movement within the Evangelical church back towards the ancient liturgies of the church. It is a longing, an urgency, which I felt strongly. It contributed a great deal to my decision to become Catholic. The idea that worship is not something we need to reinvent; that worship isn’t something which we tailor to suit ourselves. That worship isn’t just singing but something which God clearly laid out for us… Read more

Lately I’ve been taking my cues for evangelization from philosophers. Maybe I need to get out more. But, in all seriousness, its been philosophers who have taught me some of the greatest lessons on evangelization that I’ve ever learned—and it’s really changed how I think about sharing the faith. So, I thought I would share what I’ve learned. And maybe it’ll change how you think about it, too. (more…) Read more

I don’t really believe in coincidence so when I recently came across the same obscure prayer, twice, in a matter of days I knew it had to have been for a reason. So I stopped in my tracks. The prayer is called the Litany of Humility and if you think that someone calling themselves the “Cordial Catholic” isn’t in dire need of humbling then you’re most definitely wrong. “Cordial Catholic” is a moniker I’m still trying to grow in to—and not… Read more

Earlier in March I had the opportunity to fly down to The Coming Home Network International offices to film an episode of The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi. The show itself was instrumental in my own conversion to Catholicism. I can vividly remember the first episode I watched with Scott Hahn—and the incredible realization that becoming Catholic was something that Protestants actually did. I wasn’t the only one. It felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders; maybe I wasn’t crazy… Read more

At the end of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, the Priest does the dishes. Sometimes a fellow priest who is present and concelebrating can do them, or sometimes it’s the deacon. But someone does the dishes. I’m of a generation, I think it’s safe to say, that’s returning to many of the traditions of our faith. I’m not alone, and statistics bear this out. Disillusioned with a doctrinal liberal and laissez faire approach to non-denominational Christianity, many Christians are… Read more

When my wife and I began marriage preparation classes almost 10 years ago one of the first questions we were asked was, “Do you think you’ll be more or less ‘in love’ after 10 years of marriage?” I’ll save you from wondering and tell you, right away, that I answered wrong. “Well of course we’ll be at least a little bit less in love,” I said, far too quickly. I assumed, back then, that those heady early days of marriage… Read more

As someone with a more than passing interest in the world of the paranormal and bizarre I’ve always had a particular fascination with the ancient Shroud of Turin. But it wasn’t until I became Catholic and shook off my Protestant superstition towards the physical dimension of my faith that fascination passed into a kind of devotion. That the burial shroud which covered Christ’s body still exists as something we can see and touch seemed incredible to me. That it would bear the image… Read more

As an eager Evangelical, I once wrote an article about tradition in the context of a Sunday morning worship service. Long before becoming Catholic, I was processing the idea that all Christian modes of faith come with a certain level of tradition, even if it wasn’t as the high liturgical ritual of a Catholic Mass.   Here’s how a typical Sunday morning in my non-denominational church would look. We gathered in the pews before the service began catching up with friends before… Read more

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