How to Explain Purgatory to Everyone

One of the most responding, human impulses that St. Paul describes in his letters to the early churches is the idea of wanting to do what he doesn’t do. “For what I want to do, I do not do,” Paul writes in his letter to the Romans. In this, Paul captures something so profound that scholars and poets alike have spent the last two millennia working to unpack it. The want to do something other than what we do and, sometimes, the mere want… Read more

Let Me Explain Why I Love All This Catholic In-Fighting, OK?

As an Evangelical convert to Catholicism, I love all this in-fighting. Let me explain. Read more

The Catholic Church Makes Sense, Because I Don’t Know Best

One of the incredible gifts of becoming a Catholic is knowing that my theology, what I believe, has been figured out by people much smarter than I am over thousands of years. Read more

I Have the Laziest Prayer Life Ever (and It’s Awesome!)

One of the enormous graces of becoming Catholic has been exposure to a whole new world of prayer–specifically, the Liturgy of the Hours. Read more

The Reformation Was Stupid

How we understand our own history shapes almost everything about how we live out our faith today. Read more

We Don’t Need No Nashville Statement

If your Facebook news feed is anything like mine then its been busting at the seams these days with discussion about the Nashville Statement. For our purposes here it’s contents really aren’t relevant. There are those that oppose it and those that approve and these discussions will rage on, at least for a little bit longer, and then probably peter out. But, at its core, both proponents and those opposed are desperate, it seems, for one thing: unity. Because whether you… Read more

The Incredible Impact of the Smallest Acts of Kindness

If you’ve ever been to Costco with a toddler you probably know the routine. When the clerk checks your receipt against the items your cart at the exit doors they’ll often warmly greet your little munchkin, flip over your receipt, and draw a smiley face with their marker on the back. It’s a small reward for surviving the often apocalyptic shopping experience that is Costco with a toddler, but it’s impact can be much, much greater than that. And today,… Read more

How I’m Learning to Stop Being Angry

I was recently on a breakfast date with our two-year old son when I spilled coffee all down the front of my shirt. As we navigated towards the back of the crowded coffee shop, coffee in one hand, toddler connected to the other, we encountered a particularly challenging obstacle blocking our path. A man, resplendent with laptop, tablet, phone and briefcase spread all over, and around, a four-person table cluster. Blocking our way. With toddler in tow I tried to get carefully… Read more

A Lesson on the Universal Church

The Catholic Church looks like the church described in the Bible. The church that Jesus prayed for in his High Priestly Prayer; the church written about by the apostles—like when Paul wrote that we are one church and celebrate one Eucharist. Read more

A Famous Convert’s Challenge to Non-Catholic Christians

Following a tradition which has existed since the beginning of the Church, Catholics agree that Jesus is miraculously present in the elements of Communion. Read more

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