I tore a hole in my brand new coat. My brand new coat. We are by no means poor but we are thrifty and conservative with our spending so a new coat, which I haven’t had in years, was a source of some excitement for me. I loved the feeling—the thrill—of something new to wear; I was happy. And it happened in a flash. Our son, a fussy nearly-two-year-old, was throwing a bit of a tantrum when I wouldn’t let him… Read more

  The whole thing—the will of God thing—is tricky. As a teenager, in Evangelical circles, it was worn like something of a badge of honour: A young adult tromping off in this or that direction—following this or that fancy—would declare it to be the unequivocal “Will of God” and entertain no detractors. It was a Trump Card—in every sense of the word. But how we discerned such an important thing—what God wanted from us—what such a convoluted, serpentine process. (The… Read more

  I’m not going to write an apologetic for why confession makes sense. I’ve written that before. Suffice to say, if you believe, as I do, that the Catholic Church exists in a long line of successors right back to the very first apostles appointed by Christ, then confession makes sense. “Whoever’s sins you forgive are forgiven,” Christ told his hand-picked apostles. The Catholic Church carries on that sacred tradition, two-thousand years later. That a priest can “forgive” my sins… Read more

Early in his pontificate, Pope Francis likened the Catholic Church to a field hospital. Rather than a stuffy religious organization, the Holy Father urged us to view the Church as a kind of guerrilla movement—tending to the sick and wounded on the battlefield. Frankly, this sounds an awful lot like the Kingdom of God that Jesus proclaimed. I have a feeling Pope Francis is on to something. A wise, non-Catholic friend of mine, once remarked that if the Church truly is like… Read more

I didn’t know about the saints until my thirties but I came by my ignorance honestly. As an Evangelical we didn’t talk about the saints. If we did, it was to condemn those idol-worshiping Catholics who named and adorned their places of worship with statues of these long dead heretics. Who prayed to mere men and women in the place of Christ. Who worshiped the dead. (We were rather crude in our assessment.) Now, as a Catholic, I find myself enamored… Read more

When Jesus prayed, in the Gospel of John, for all future Christians he prayed, “that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.”  (John 17:21a) This kind of closeness—this kind of unity—is difficult to imagine. God, as we understand Him, is triune: Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit existing in one and the same Being. One beautiful old hymn reminds us, “The Godhead, three-in-one.” This is a closeness… Read more

As I stood in what seemed like the longest line on earth—penance for something, somewhere, I’m sure—I couldn’t help but notice the exaggerated golden crucifix hanging around the neck of the nearest cashier. The cashier who ever… so… slowly bagged item after agonizing item for the shoppers ahead of me as if she were a robot whose batteries were just… about… fully… drained. In the twelve eternal minutes I spent waiting, I rolled my eyes so many times I’d be surprised if… Read more

One of the ever-bearing gifts of the Catholic Church is incredible depth of her teaching. Spanning over two thousand years the Church boasts incredible thinkers from Augustine to Aquinas; from Henri Nouwen to Cardinal Newman; from St. Francis of Assisi to, one of my personal favourites, St. Francis de Sales. Living and writing some 400 years ago, St. Francis de Sales was Bishop of Geneva at a time of crisis for the Christian Church. He stands out for his poignant responses to the… Read more

  The prosperity Gospel movement is bizarre given that Jesus was unequivocal about wealth but, like the secular spirituality of many popular American celebrities, the movement soldiers on. While it might be a stretch to say that someone like Creflo Dollar made me a Catholic it would be accurate to say that the possibility of theological interpretations like Dollar’s are, in large part, what’s driven me in my search for deeper truth. A search which has landed me on the… Read more

In a Church that celebrates the Rosary, changes its liturgical vestments for every season, and upholds a historic teaching of the Real Presence in the Communion celebration it’s not a stretch to call Catholicism a physical faith. That physicality, among other things, remains a serious draw for converts like myself—the tug of a faith which emphasises not just the head and the heart but the hands, too. So it makes sense, especially during the Lenten period, that Catholics are called to… Read more

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