“The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” Our Lord makes it sound easy – too easy, really. We only need to follow these two commandments: Love God and love your neighbor. What could be more simple? Who needs all of those complicated rules about: what to do, what not to […]Read more "What is true love?"
I was honored today to give the following talk at MedCon 2017 in Fort Wayne, Ind. I was rather nervous because I was speaking on the same stage immediately after Marcus Grodi (a well-known Catholic TV personality). Hopefully those who were there benefited from the talk, and hopefully others will too. 2017-10-13 Transforming the Culture […]Read more "Transforming the Culture of Death into a Culture of Life"
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"
Catholicism is not a club for the perfect. Our Lord tells the chief priests and scribes, “Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the Kingdom of God before you!” Catholicism is a religion for repentant sinners, not a club for the perfect. It is easy for us to imagine that the good people are here and […]Read more "Not a Club for the Perfect"
“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"