Signs of Hope

I heard John Allen, Jr. speak in Denver a couple of years ago. He was great (also had a chance to talk shop with him later that evening, which was cool). In his talk, he pointed out that since most chatter about the Church happens in the media-rich First World, it tends to be dominated [Read More...]

This is a Very Hopeful Sign

I’m a big supporter of Life Matters Journal.  Their incredibly simple idea:  Be Consistent.  Hold with the whole of Catholic teaching on the dignity and sanctity of human life and stop ransacking for bits and pieces to fortify a stunted, destructive and inhuman ideology.  The existence, youth, and vitality of these guys (centered at Franciscan [Read More...]

Go Out. Make a Mess. Stir Things Up. Christify the World.

Pope Francis gets it.  So does Fr. Robert Barron.  God help us do it. What gifts these men are. Thanks be to God. They give me great hope. [Read more...]

A Beautiful Video of a New Bride of Christ

Reader Bill Durst sends along this lovely video about a friend of his that just gives you hope for the Church: [Read more...]

Things I Find it Impossible to Care About

So apparently some bishops made merry down in Rio at World Youth Day doing a silly dance thing.  The horror. Then a priest with absolutely no discernible pastoral responsibilities who spends all his time on line decided to gripe about this and use that “Be This Guy” image of the dude refusing to offer a Nazi [Read More...]

Had a wonderful day yesterday

In the morning, I went down to Federal Way and had a sort of brunchy lunch with a terrific young priest named Fr. Jacob Maurer.  He’s the real deal and he runs a blog called Followers of the Way.  We had a good long yak about everything under the sun from adventures in St. Blog’s [Read More...]

Christian Democracy

The March 1 edition is on the air! [Read more...]

Out of the Mouths of Babes and Sucklings Thou Hast Perfected Praise

“I am made of Lucy and you can’t break me.” – My Incredible Three-Year Old Grand-daughter Lucy the Cuteness. After this black 48 hours, a good portion of which I have spent crying, I’m willing to take that as a sign from the Holy Innocents that the devil remains as defeated as ever by the [Read More...]

An Oddly Hopeful Sign For Me

is that two readers, one of them quite conservative, the other, I think, probably a self-identified progressive could write the following (‘sup to you to tell me which wrote which): For forty years, the Republican Party’s been saying that Christians must support GOP nominees because the alternative is abortion, gay marriage, and socialism.  But in that forty [Read More...]

Another sign of hope

A reader writes: I think this organization, St. Paul Street Evangelization, would be an amazing story.  They are a group of Catholics who take the Catholic Faith to the streets.  On Facebook, the group is rapidly growing a following among faithful Catholics, by posting pictures and articles of the experiences they have on the streets [Read More...]

Two Signs of Hope

Two St. John’s Catholic School Students in Radiant Magazine. [Read more...]

A Joyous Weekend

So this past Saturday, I got invited out to a home on Vashon Island for an interesting and beautiful event. A young couple who had made their way through a number of Protestant traditions and recently become Catholic decided to host an event at their home in which various folks from Catholic and Evangelical traditions [Read More...]


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