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 circumvent t … [Read more...]

Thoughts from a Convert in the Confessional Line

 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...]

The Audacity of Unmerited Grace

Picture the one person on earth that you like the least.There's gotta be somebody.(Even saints have their bad days.)For me it's easy. See, we used to have these neighbours.Now, picture what it would be like to completely forgive all the hurts and hang-ups you've long associated with that one god-awful person---or persons.Gone.Completely forgiven.What would that feel like?Probably pretty insane.First,  it would probably be incredibly difficult to let it all go. … [Read more...]

On Lent and Letting Go of Grudges

I've held a grudge for a long time, I'm not proud to say.I'm not exactly the grudging holding kind of person. You know who I mean, the kind of person who goes around dragging a thousand pound weight tied around their neck. The kind of person that you meet and you can tell they're nursing a grudge. I'm not one of those people, but maybe I am. Maybe we are all, in our own private ways. And maybe Lent---a traditional time of repentance and penance---is the perfect time to let it go.Not may … [Read more...]

The New Year’s Resolution Every Catholic Should Be Making

With the declaration, by Pope Francis, of this year as a special Jubilee Year of Mercy Catholics all over the world are being called to demonstrate what is meant to be that chief Christian virtue: Mercy.And if you, like most of us, are up for adopting a soon-to-be-shamefully-abandoned New Year's resolution then this is the perfect one for you: have mercy.Have mercy.To say that Christians should be known for their mercy goes, I guess, without saying. Mercy, Pope Francis says, is "the … [Read more...]

On Lent and Letting Go of Grudges

I've held a grudge for a long time, I'm not proud to say.I'm not exactly the grudging holding kind of person. You know who I mean, the kind of person who goes around dragging a thousand pound weight tied around their neck. The kind of person that you meet and you can tell they're nursing a grudge. I'm not one of those people, but maybe I am. Maybe we are all, in our own private ways. And maybe Lent---a traditional time of repentance and penance---is the perfect time to let it go.Not may … [Read more...]