“Perhaps God’s greatest miracle is not creation, but re-creation”: My talk at the Courage conference

I wrote to you earlier about the beautiful experience I had last month at the annual Courage Apostolate conference, and am now delighted to share with you a video of the talk I gave there. An audio podcast is also available, courtesy of AirMaria.com. The video is long. If you are pressed for time, I [Read More…]

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Blessed Albertina Berkenbrock and what it means to be a “martyr of chastity”

This coming Saturday, June 15, is the feast day of Blessed Albertina Berkenbrock, whose story I discovered while researching my book of Catholic spirituality for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse, My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints. Blessed Albertina, who was twelve years old when murdered in [Read More…]

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Dominicans’ Angelic Warfare Confraternity director urges members to read My Peace, calling it “a powerful aid for healing and renewal”

As a member of the Angelic Warfare Confraternity, the Dominican Friars’ apostolate for Catholic men and women who pray for one another as they seek to grow in chastity, I was deeply honored when the confraternity’s director, Father James Dominic Brent, O.P., recently sent an e-mail to members urging them to read my book My [Read More…]

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St. Margaret of Cortona: All things are possible to Love

Today is the feast of the 13th-century holy woman St. Margaret of Cortona, whose journey to sanctity included suffering abuse by her stepmother and rejection by her father; loving a man who fathered her child but refused to marry her; suffering public chastisement for having a child out of wedlock; and having to support her [Read More…]

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GUEST POST: “Why I Don’t Buy It,” by Kevin Tierney

The following piece by Kevin Tierney is reprinted with permission from his blog Common Sense Catholicism: With far less fanfare than before, Matt McGuiness concludes his “Second Look at Porn” series over at Catholic News Agency.  I can only say that if he had simply jettisoned the first two columns and instead just published this, he would [Read More…]

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Memo to Matt McGuiness and Catholic News Agency: Confession is not a waste of time

Catholic News Agency columnist Matt McGuiness yesterday published part two in his series “A Second Look at Porn, which I read with interest, having heavily criticized the first installment. The new column has many improvements over the first. Although I could do without the lighthearted characterization of pornographic images as “naughty nudes,” which betrays a [Read More…]

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In his own image: Christopher West reshapes Ratzinger’s critique of iconoclasm

The following is an article I wrote that was published in the April 2012 issue of Inside the Vatican. Since its publication, Christopher West has published a new book, which I have not yet read (you can read Simcha Fisher’s review of it here). Christopher West in At the Heart of the Gospel maintains that, [Read More…]

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Message to Matt McGuiness and Catholic News Agency: Sexual victimization is no laughing matter

I was viscerally distressed reading “A Second Look at Porn” by Matt McGuiness, a new columnist for Catholic News Agency. The column begins with a laugh line from a Hollywood movie that makes light of a teenage girl’s being sodomized. We are supposed to find it funny that a boy “used her body.” Mr. McGuiness [Read More…]

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WATCH NOW: My interview on EWTN’s “The Journey Home”

Here is the video of my interview on “The Journey Home” that premiered last night on EWTN, in which I share my conversion story with host Marcus Grodi and also talk about the message of my book of Catholic spirituality for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse, My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds [Read More…]

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The canary in the coal mine

“[If] you watch any TV at all, spend any time on the Internet, or just shop for groceries or deodorant, it’s virtually impossible to avoid having in-your-face titillation imprinted on your brain. “And purity? Who talks about that these days? Who (especially in secular culture) even knows what it means anymore? And ads like the [Read More…]

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