I’m off to El Salvador tomorrow for a five day mission trip with a medical mission associated with the Papal foundation. I’ve never been to Central America before, but I remember telling the Lord when I was a college student that I would go anywhere, but I really didn’t want to be a missionary to Central America.Be careful what you ask for. You might get it. Be careful what you ask not to have..you might get that too. Remember God… Read more

Have you ever noticed that we love people for their faults and not their achievements? We might be impressed when someone sets a new world record, but we don’t love him for it. We might admire someone’s new face lift or promotion or increased salary, but we don’t love her for it. We might respect a person for writing a book or getting a degree or making a million, but we don’t love them for it. We might admire their… Read more

Paul Thigpen has a great new book out called Last Words: Final Thought of Catholic Saints and Sinners.On his deathbed, the man with the cruel, piggy eyes to the left cried, “All is lost. Monks, monks, monks. So, now, all is gone–empire, body, soul.Was this the final cry of a man who was lost, or was it expressed as a final regret for his violent and pitiless life? God only knows.Knowing the extent of his degradation, cruelty and wanton pillage… Read more

Writing from Columbus, Ohio. Marcus Grodi’s Coming Home Network is an apostolate that ministers to non-Catholic clergy who are on their journey to the Catholic Church. Marcus is the host of the popular Journeys Home program on EWTN.This year’s conference is on the English Reformation. Next Autumn it will be on the history of the church in the New World. This weekend I’ve been privileged to share the platform with English friends, Joanna Bogle and biographer Joseph Pearce. It’s also… Read more

Julian of Norwich was a fourteenth century English mystic. One of the first female authors in English, she was an anchoress in a little church in the cathedral city of Norwich. She lived enclosed in her cell attached to the church where she received visitors, prayed and worshipped at Mass constantly. Her book Revelations of Divine Love is a wonderful classic of spiritual writing. In it she recounts her vision of Christ’s suffering and meditates on the ultimate meaning of… Read more

I’m off to speak at Coming Home Network’s Deep in History conference this weekend. The topic is the English Reformation, and I’ll be on the platform with English friends, Jamie and Joanna Bogle and biographer Joseph Pearce as well as fellow former Anglican priest, Ray Ryland, Marcus Grodi, Scott Hahn and others.I’m giving an overview of the Church in England up to the Reformation and focussing on correcting some widely held myths. The Protestant view of the Reformation is that… Read more

I was a young Anglican priest and Father Richard was a venerable old man who had sacrificed much and suffered much as a priest. We had daily Eucharist in our parish at 8am, and on winter mornings the light would slant in through the stained glass set in the ancient stone walls. Very few people would venture out for the eight o’clock service. One Monday, later in the afternoon I met Fr. Richard and asked if there were many there… Read more

The other day my thirteen year old asked if witches were real. It’s a good question. In our society its difficult to discern between fact and fiction. Special effects in movies make the mot fantastic creatures seem very real indeed. Meanwhile, most of the media conspires to shield us from reality as effectively as possible.Are witches real or are they just the stuff of Harry Potter books, Wizard of Oz and Narnia? Are witches just ‘pretend’ like fauns and fairies… Read more

The other evening I met with a couple of Evangelical Christians who have questions about the Catholic faith. Very sincere and honest seekers they were, but having been out of the apologetics ring for some time, I had forgotten how non-Catholic Christians view the faith. Time and again in our conversation I had the frustrating feeling that I believed most everything they believed, but that there was simply more to it. They, on the other hand, instinctively doubted what I… Read more

When Cardinal Newman became a Catholic he said, ‘This is real religion.’There is something hard about Catholicism, and ‘hard’ means both ‘concrete’ and ‘difficult’. Catholicism is a nitty gritty, down to earth, common sense sort of faith. Other versions of the Christian faith indulge in utopianism or fancy theories or some sort of good idea. Catholicism is a tough old gal who squints and says, ‘Show Me’.Oh, we have mystics and visionaries, prophets, healers and dreamers, but each one has… Read more

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