So You Want to Move to Canada: A Field Guide for American Catholics

Hello, America. So, for whatever reason you’ve suddenly got your heart set on making the move to Canada. Your northern neighbour. The one you didn’t even really notice was there until you suddenly needed somewhere to flee for your life. Ah, it’s OK. One of the many things you’ll learn about Canada—and Canadians—is just how gosh darn forgiving and tolerant we are, as a rule. But, hang on, before you stuff your ever-depreciating American dollars into a nondescript duffel bag and hightail it… Read more

The Thing I Love About Padre Pio

I’ve written before about the laudable Catholic practice of praying for the dead—and that the dead can pray for us, too. I’ve written as well about the incredible gift that the saints are; to know that there are holy Christians, in Heaven, praying for us right now is incredible. What I haven’t written about, and what I feel compelled to share now, is the incredible story of Padre Pio—and his incredible commitment to praying for us. First, a primer. That deceased Christians… Read more

Five Things You Need to Know About the Protestant Reformation

The Lutheran church down the street from our house has a sign that proudly proclaims, Reformation Sunday Celebrating 499 years of the Protestant Church It makes me feel a bit nauseous every time I pass because there’s one thing we shouldn’t be doing as we consider the 499th anniversary of the Reformation it’s celebrating. Now I know there are those—scores of them—that see the Reformation as the virtuous Christians ripping the true Christian Church out of the clutches of the evil and… Read more

Why Does the Catholic Church Have So Many Rules?

Easily one of the most frequent objections to Catholicism that I hear is that it’s a miserable religion made up of equally miserable rules. (And miserable people!) It’s the stuff of the Pharisees. The stuff that Jesus railed against. It’s all about following the rules. I hear this objection most often from those I meet that were raised Catholic but, for whatever reason, left the faith. There are a lot of those kinds of people, so I hear the objection a lot. But the… Read more

Did Jesus Rise From the Dead (and Does It Matter)?

I am the world’s greatest teacher. I have a mug that says so. In fact so far I’ve garnered about half a dozen similar mugs over a nearly decade’s long career. So it must be true. I recently lent a friend my copy of The Case for Jesus by Brant Pitre. It’s far and away the best case for a real, historical Jesus. He does a great job of laying out, in a fulsome and scholarly way, the argument’s for Jesus… Read more

When Did the Historic Church Lose its Way?

  As an Evangelical Protestant convert to Catholicism one of the most common objections I hear to the Catholic Church is an earnest one, “The Church lost its way when it began to add stuff.” The line of thinking runs like this: Somewhere along the way, usually in the very early centuries, the Church got confused. They fell into a Old Testament legalistic tangle, they began to venerate the saints and Mary, and they effectively Romanized—becoming unrecognizable as the Church we read about… Read more

Everything I Never Knew About the Rosary

I never thought I’d be the sort of person—the sort of Christian—that prays the Rosary. That said, I never thought I’d be the sort of Christian that was a Catholic either. But, in the end, it turns out that praying the Rosary, in more ways than not, made me a Catholic. And changed my life. What I’d thought,as a younger Evangelical was merely a kind of cultural superstition turns out to be one of the most gratifying, uplifting, and powerful… Read more

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

I am sitting in a hotel room over looking the Detroit River. On the other side is Canada, my home. I’ve been at a conference these past few days: an enormous Catholic leadership conference which drew together over 1,100 participants from roughly 200 different parishes all over North America. It’s been, as so many of these sorts of events are, an incredibly formative time; an amazing opportunity. A time of deep fellowship, learning, and sharing. A time for our own parish… Read more

Why I Love The Sunday, 7PM Mass

We are an eccentric crew here at the 7PM Sunday night Mass. It’s the proverbial last call in town for those hell-bent on fulfilling their Sunday Obligation and freshly home from a weekend of camping, our toddler in bed and my wife pulling babysitting duty, I am here too. Another passenger in the Ark. Or, another oarsmen to row this damn thing. When James Joyce coined the phrase “here comes everybody” to describe the Catholic Church he must’ve been thinking about this because… Read more

What Mother Teresa (And Her Critics) Can Teach Us About Saints

I’m not going to lie, I’ve been intentionally avoiding all the negative press swirling around Mother Teresa’s canonization this past Sunday. I’ve read the headlines as they’ve popped up in my newsfeed. I’m aware of the allegations and criticisms of her work, her character, and her saintliness. I even had the pleasure of reading a hilarious exchange between two of my good friends and a marginally well-known religious commentator on Twitter. He hates Mother Teresa. But I’ve avoided the bad press… Read more

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