March 1, 2024

It can be painful to handle our anger as Christians. It is easy for us to feel ashamed about feeling angry, thinking this emotion is un-Christian. On the other hand, we may justify our anger as “righteous anger,” finding enjoyment in feeling livid all the time. Then, we seem like radicals with an axe to grind. Both perspectives miss the mark. I remember a story about a man who was a recovering drug addict. Deep down, he recognized that his... Read more

February 28, 2024

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” (Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet). Since this sacrament is central to a Catholic understanding of the world, it is all the more important that we get to comprehend it as much as we can. There are many names we use to describe the Sacrament of the Eucharist, and each one can help us to appreciate different aspects of this great gift that we receive. By reflecting on the various names, we... Read more

February 26, 2024

What would you do to save your child? Perhaps one of the most extreme examples is what Liam Neeson’s character Bryan Mills does in the box-office hit Taken. After his daughter is kidnapped, this retired CIA agent pulls out all the stops to rescue her, revealing his strong paternal instinct to defend his daughter at all costs. While most dads do not have the technical training in weapons and hand-to-hand combat that Neeson displays in the movie, the desire to... Read more

February 23, 2024

What makes something moral? Does God decide good and evil arbitrarily? The movie John Q poses a fascinating moral dilemma. The movie begins with a Little League baseball game, where suddenly a boy collapses. His family rushes him to the hospital and soon they find out that he needs a heart transplant to have any chance at survival. The news becomes even more devastating when they find out the cost of the surgery and that their insurance will not cover... Read more

February 21, 2024

To understand the sacrament of the Eucharist, it is important for us to understand symbols. What are some symbols from our everyday experience? Golden arches mean McDonald’s. A silhouette of a man and woman mean that the restroom is nearby. A printed “55” on a highway sign means that we should not drive faster than 55 miles per hour. These are all symbols that signify reality. Even though we may speak of the symbolic power of the Eucharist, we must... Read more

February 20, 2024

The Eucharist has always been at the center of the faith in the Catholic Church. Some theologians like to think that the sacraments were made up later, which is why I like looking to St. Justin Martyr. He is one of the earliest Christians and shows us that Catholic teaching on the Eucharist was present from the beginning. No one may share the Eucharist with us unless he believes that what we teach is true, unless he is washed in... Read more

February 19, 2024

The movie The Ultimate Gift tells the story of a young man who inherits a tremendous amount of wealth–at least that was what he expected upon the death of his grandfather. To receive the money, however, he has to change himself dramatically from the self-centered playboy we see at the beginning of the movie who wastes money with abandon. Upon the death of his grandfather, his supply of money is cut off and he experiences financial limitations for the first... Read more

February 16, 2024

Have you ever thought about where the Luminous Mysteries of the rosary come from? Would you believe that they were originally from someone who was once a satanic priest? This is not some anti-Vatican II conspiracy story since the Luminous Mysteries were introduced recently but it is entirely true. St. John Paul II, in his apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae in 2002, introduced us to Blessed Bartolo Longo, the man behind these mysteries. The story of his conversion could easily... Read more

February 14, 2024

Lent is upon us once again, with its three areas of focus comprising, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Since the Holy Father has announced the theme of this year to be prayer, it makes sense to place it at the top of our priority list this Lenten season. I enjoy the practice of following one of the Old Testament figures each Lent, as a preparation for celebrating the Passion and Death of Jesus. If we hone in on just one figure... Read more

February 13, 2024

Ash Wednesday begins a long journey of Lent. This liturgical season is a great opportunity to seek conversion of heart. Lent makes me think of my junior year in High School. I had returned to public school after being out of the system for five years. It was a very secular atmosphere. Generally speaking, I spent more time with the evangelical Christians as I could count on them being decent people, which was more than I came to expect from... Read more

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