Think “Charity” and Act “Love” = Praying Without Ceasing

A Meditation on the High Priestly Prayer       

Before I became a Catholic, the word contemplation meant something altogether different than it does to me today. Chalk that up to intellectual laziness because the definition has been sitting right there in the dictionary for all of those years before I woke up. Let me show you.

Here is how my handy-dandy Merriam Webster Dictionary defines the word, [Read more...]

I Have No Idea Where Pope Francis Gets These Ideas About Lent

Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.

—Pope Francis, Message of His Holiness for Lent 2014

Oh. Wait. [Read more...]

What Are Adults Looking For From Christianity? Even “The Onion” Knows The Answer To That Question

I’d vote “yes!” Wouldn’t you?

Sure, The Onion is the best thing going when it comes to humorous, satirical, “news.” But what really makes The Onion successful is how they often hit truth right on the head, just like an expert marksmen hits a target in the bullseye. And the hit this time is particularly timely.

Recall that there has been a lot of discussion on catechesis, religious education, and evangelization  around here, ever since Joanne McPortland posted her cri de coeur, What’s Really Wrong with Catholic Religious Education? Everything, a few weeks ago. Many of the Patheos Catholic bloggers have weighed in on the subject as well. You can find all of those posts over at the Patheos main page under the heading, Rethinking Catholic Religious Education.

But back to The Onion.  Today, see,  they posted one of their “commentary” pieces that comes pretty close to nailing down what our restless hearts are actually yearning for. Can you say a relationship with a certain person of the Blessed Trinity? Take a look. [Read more...]

And for the Blog’s 2001st Post, A Truth Regarding the Miracle at Cana…

N’est-ce pas?!

After all, the scriptures never said, [Read more...]

Because the Church is the Port in the Storm

I remember well how it felt when I first came across these words written by Blaise Pascal. It was like reading the story of my life. It was as if I was the character Neo in movie The Matrix and I had unwittingly taken the red pill that Morpheus promised would lift the veil. [Read more...]


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