Two friends of mine – fervent, practicing Catholics in their mid-20s – recently welcomed their first child. As you might guess, they are well aware that being married, having kids, going to Mass every Sunday, and intentionally living according to the teachings of the Church, puts them in a distinct minority among twenty-somethings in the […]Read more "This vineyard can bear fruit"
“You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped.” If anyone ever fears to address the Lord openly and honestly, let him observe the words of the prophet Jeremiah, who speaks to the Lord extraordinarily candidly. Jeremiah is not happy. He decries the Lord for duping him because he is embarrassed. He has […]Read more "Mediocrity will not suffice"
Napoleon Bonaparte, the anti-Catholic emperor of France in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, once told a French cardinal, “Your eminence, are you not aware that I have the power to destroy the Catholic Church?” The cardinal, the anecdote goes, responded ruefully: “Your majesty, we … have done our best to destroy the church […]Read more "The liberating power of dogma"
“His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away.” The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord takes place on the 6th of August every year. Most years this feast falls on a weekday and so goes relatively unnoticed, but this year it falls on a Sunday and so we get to […]Read more "Listening to Christ’s voice through the Church"
It is time to leave everything behind. This is the Lord’s calling to us in the Gospel today: to risk everything to follow Him. He presents us with the image of the merchant who sells everything that he has in order to obtain the pearl of great price, and in doing so, Christ is calling […]Read more "Spiritual Entrepreneurship"
Two weeks in a row now, the Gospel has ended with this haunting phrase, “Whoever has ears ought to hear.” So what are we supposed to hear? Each of the past two weeks we have heard a long and complicated parable in which our Lord explains what the Kingdom of Heaven is all about. Last […]Read more "God only needs a little seed"
Brothers and sisters in Christ, God wants to do amazing things in your life! He tells clearly in the Scriptures today: “some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.” God wants each and every one of us to be that rich soil […]Read more "The Freedom that Bears Abundant Fruit"