VIDEO: I discuss St. Thérèse of Lisieux on Ireland’s iCatholic

While preparing to speak about My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints in the London area on January 7 and 8 (see my tour schedule on The Dawn Patrol), I had the opportunity to share my book’s message with the Irish video site iCatholic.ie. Here is a clip [Read More...]

Our Lord “wants not only to be loved in a Child, but in your child”: Christmas wisdom from Caryll Houselander

I just finished Caryll Houselander’s 1947 novel The Dry Wood (beautiful overall, though not without flaws) and found a stunning passage on the mystery of the suffering of innocents, an apt follow-up to the one I posted earlier. The scene is the funeral of a child; the speaker is a priest, delivering the homily; and the [Read More...]

Caryll Houselander: “Sin tried to batter life out of the innocent son of God … just as it has done to the bodies of innocence ever since”

I am reading the 1947 novel The Dry Wood by English Catholic mystic (and so-called “original Bond girl”) Caryll Houselander, and am struck by a profoundly prophetic passage that seems particularly meaningful in the wake of the Newtown slaughter. The scene begins as first-time father Art Jewel witnesses hospital staff treat his deformed newborn son, Willie, [Read More...]

A saint who said “d’oh” (and a priest who imitates him)

On this day that the Church celebrates the life of Francis Xavier, I urge you to take five minutes to listen to a marvelous podcast by the English Jesuit Father John Edwards about the great saint who was one of the first to join St. Ignatius Loyola in what would become the Society of Jesus. [Read More...]

The saints “rose above their violations through a deep conviction of divine love in their hearts”

Melissa Kimiadi of A Journey Through NYC Religions writes beautifully of how the saints, having shared in our experience of brokenness, now show us how to share in their healing in Christ:  Saints were degraded and thrown into the dirt by their own families as unwanted children. Yet, they rose above their violations through a [Read More...]

On the blessedness of those who mourn

From an e-mail I wrote today to a reader who commented that my “Journey Home” interview encouraged him as he mourns the loss of his daughter: It says in Scripture, in more than one place, that love is stronger than death; love never dies. Several years ago, I began to contemplate what it means to [Read More...]

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...]

TONIGHT: Watch me on EWTN’s “Journey Home”

  Tonight’s the night that my interview for “The Journey Home” airs on EWTN, in which I share my conversion story with host Marcus Grodi and also discuss the message of my book of Catholic spirituality for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse, My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of [Read More...]

The Dominican who found in Christ’s wounds an answer to the problem of evil

Today is the day the Dominican Order celebrates its deceased members. As a lay student at a Dominican school of theology, I am observing it by praying for the repose of a Dominican priest I never knew, whose life and writings are an inspiration: Father Thomas Heath, O.P., a Massachusetts-born friar who was fatally injured by [Read More...]

Purchased at a price

On this All Saints Day, in honor of the late Barbara Curtis, I am republishing (and slightly tweaking) an entry I wrote last Lent on my personal blog, The Dawn Patrol, that was a favorite of Barbara’s: A young television actress who writes and directs her own work recently told an interviewer why she has [Read More...]


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