March 21, 2019

I was going through a rough patch in my life and I said a very silly prayer. I prayed that God would give me a sign. You must know this kind of prayer, even if you aren’t a particularly religious or prayerful person. It’s an urge that psychologists tell us is built the very fibre of our being: that tendency that seeks help from something bigger. And it is the prayer is a kind of begging of that something bigger to let us… Read more

March 19, 2019

The Transfiguration of Christ is easily one of my favourite scenes in the gospels. I have an icon of it, and it’s beautiful. Matthew, in his gospel, records it like this, After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses… Read more

March 11, 2019

My pastor, and good friend, is well-known for encouraging us to “make Sunday matter.” It’s a bit of a catchphrase of his, and it is catchy. Sundays, he rightly insists, are given unto the Lord. They’re for our rest, and respite, and recollection that we are God’s people. But it’s also an admonition to go out and live our Sunday promises—our Sunday obligations—all week long. To make our Sundays mean something we need to live in the spirit of Sunday throughout… Read more

March 7, 2019

There is a figure often thrown out by Catholic apologists to demonstrate just how fractured and untenable Protestant Christianity is: 33,000. 33,000 is the number of allegedly different Protestant Christian denominations around the world. It’s a staggering figure and it isn’t surprising that apologists would latch on to such a dramatic example of the failure of Protestantism to bring about Christianity unity. Except, it isn’t totally true. In a discussion between two of my favourite apologists, Randal Rauser and Trent… Read more

March 6, 2019

  Every year at this time the “Remember That You Are Butt Dust” meme starts circling the internet. And every year, when I see it again for the first time, it never fails to entertain. It’s a classic case for proofreading and a great ode to the nuance of the English language. But it’s also a great object lesson in the beautiful theology of Lent. While Martin Luther and the Early Reformers may have agreed with the sentiment, Catholic theology… Read more

March 5, 2019

One of the ever-bearing gifts of the Catholic Church is incredible depth of her teaching. Spanning over two thousand years the Church boasts incredible thinkers from Augustine to Aquinas; from Henri Nouwen to Cardinal Newman; from St. Francis of Assisi to, one of my personal favourites, St. Francis de Sales. Living and writing some 400 years ago, St. Francis de Sales was Bishop of Geneva at a time of crisis for the Christian Church. He stands out for his poignant responses to the… Read more

February 27, 2019

I was recently in a conversation about science and religion with a stranger in a coffee shop. It was part of a lecture series put on by a few friends of mine, a discussion of issues at the intersection of the secular and religious and the conversation turned to the idea of God’s imprint in nature and the history of science. Science, in its origins and most of its history, traditionally led practitioners closer towards God. Studying God’s creation, which was the… Read more

February 25, 2019

It’s only too easy to become discouraged as a Catholic these days. When I came into the Church, as an adult convert, some of those around me questioned my sanity. There were, admittedly, lots of reasons to think that I was crazy but a few of those voices in particular expressed concerns about the Church itself. What about the scandals—the sexual abuses? The apparent systematic cover-ups? And this was years ago, before many of today’s issues even came to light. But… Read more

February 21, 2019

I recently heard a shocking statistic out of the United States: only about 39 percent of Catholics attend weekly Mass. It wasn’t a new statistic and, frankly, it wasn’t a very surprising statistic for those that follow these kinds of things but it resonated when I heard it and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Put another way, in a room of 10 Catholics only 4 of them will have attended Mass that week. Less than half. If you’d… Read more

February 20, 2019

This article is part of the Tough Questions series. A series highlighting some of the difficult questions I was asking during my conversion from a non-denominational Christian to full communion with the Catholic Church. For more about my own conversion story, read What I Wish I Knew About Catholics (And Why I’m Becoming One).  As a non-denominational Christian I had a love-hate relationship with Matthew 18:15-17. In context, Jesus is talking to his disciples—teaching—and brings up the issue of disagreement… Read more

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