February 20, 2024

In a recent article, I highlighted one of my favorite bands (Waterdeep). For this article, allow me to highlight one of my favorite recording artists (Catholic or otherwise), John Michael Talbot (JMT). One of my favorite songs by JMT is Healer of My Soul; a song very appropriate for the season of Lent. As Catholics enter the penitential season of Lent, a season where we reexamine our lives in the light of Jesus’ love and sacrifice for us, this song provides... Read more

February 18, 2024

Did you see it? If you watched Super Bowl LVIII, you know what I am referring to—the foot washing commercial put out by “He Gets Us.” Click here to see the video again. In the video, various people wash the feet of others. A youth washes the feet of an older man (probably his father) An African American policeman washes the foot of a young African American man A blonde girl washes the feet of another girl with colored hair... Read more

February 9, 2024

First off, any attempt at a discussion of slavery today presents some challenges. I (and the Catholic Church) condemn slavery. However, the fact remains that God allowed slavery among the Jewish people (and provided laws on holding slaves). St. Paul wrote a letter to a Christian slave owner named Philemon, yet did not demand he give up owning slaves. The Catholic Church had a former slave as a pope (Callixtus I). Indeed, the subject of slavery does present a significant... Read more

February 8, 2024

Anyone familiar with contemporary Christian music understands that most lacks any real theological substance. Most seem like a typical love song with the words “God” and “Jesus” in place of the usual love interest of the singer/songwriter. One exception to this rule is 18 Bullet Holes by the husband-and-wife band Waterdeep. Aside from the beauty of the music, the lyrics reflect a true understanding of suffering and how Jesus enters our suffering and understands it. We see this reality also... Read more

January 29, 2024

A motorist removed a barricade and road closure sign from a road shut by a landslide before driving “directly” into a large hole in the roadway, Tillamook County [in Oregon] sheriff’s officials said in a news release. “This has been an ongoing problem, with people removing the barriers and driving on the closed portion of the road,” Deputy Ben Berger said in the release. “Obviously it is extremely dangerous.” [emphasis added] The above, while seemingly incomprehensible, truly happened as reported... Read more

January 23, 2024

With the decisive victory of former president Donald Trump at the Iowa Caucuses, the latest version of TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) kicked into high gear on legacy and social media. Progressive political pundits, “journalists,” vloggers, and bloggers all railed in unison of the “evil” that is former President Donald J. Trump. (The below is BEFORE Governor Ron DeSantis announced the end of his presidential campaign) For example: Ana Navarro’s Reaction to Iowa Caucuses Or headlines like: With Trump’s victory in... Read more

January 22, 2024

Guest Contributor: Pilgrim You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. (Matthew 24:6-8) The world seems to be a very dangerous place just now – environmentally, politically, socially, and economically. We are witnessing the decay of Western... Read more

January 19, 2024

Recently, a reader reached out to me for a one-on-one exchange on social media. He wished to convince me all the God stuff I believe was false superstition.  We engaged in a very civil conversation as to why I, a practicing Catholic, ought to abandon my current belief system for his atheistic one. He asked me the basic questions as to why I believe God exists, and I answered him. As the conversation continued, he remarked that he intended to... Read more

January 14, 2024

I often write about sola scriptura (SS) and its consequences. One of my main concerns is the fact that SS allows for all kinds of interpretations (opinions) of Scripture. Adherents of SS seek to assuage one another by “agreeing” on the “essentials,” while offering tolerance for the “nonessentials.”  For most Protestants, these “essentials” tend to reside under the umbrella of Nicene-Chalcedonian Christianity, a Christianity that affirms belief in the Trinity and the Incarnation. Moreover, to deny the “essentials” of the... Read more

January 7, 2024

Heading into an election year, many feel the need to heighten the rhetoric, especially around those considered ideological conservative. The primary intentions with such a tactic seem twofold: 1) to demonize and 2) to insulate oneself by the demonization of others. Furthermore, by demonizing conservatives, some also feel a sense of validation as they “warn others” of the dangerous ideas such “evil” people spout. Therefore, in order to bring “more light than heat,” and in a spirit of Christian charity,... Read more

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