• Lessons from the Public Ministry Learned in a Social Media World

    My job at the diocese is focused on forming Catholic adults. As St. John Paul II told us, adult catechesis is actually the principal form of catechesis in the Church, “because it is addressed to persons who have the greatest responsibilities and the capacity to live the Christian message in its fully developed form.”  Many of our parishes spend most […]

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  • Five Ideas For Overcoming Our Time Problem

    For years I have heard people say they don’t have enough time to pray, get involved in parish ministry, attend daily Mass, do Eucharistic Adoration, be involved in their children’s activities, serve in the community, etc., etc. This complaint is so pervasive, that along with silos and surrender, I have identified our misconceptions about time as one of the biggest […]

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  • Following in the Footsteps of Father Pierre-Jean De Smet to the Solar Eclipse!

    There is arguably no one more well-traveled in the world in the nineteenth century than the Belgium-born Father Pierre-Jean De Smet, SJ (Father Peter-John). He was born in 1801 and traveled 180,000 miles in his lifetime, passing away in 1873. On behalf of raising money and awareness for Indian missions in America, the great Jesuit priest crossed the ocean nineteen times, visiting […]

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  • Celebrating the Dormition and Assumption of Mary

    On August 15th of each Liturgical Year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the United States, the Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation unless it  falls on a Saturday or Monday, in which case the precept to attend Mass is abrogated: “Whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, […]

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  • The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    The Assumption of the Virgin Mary (called the Dormition in the Christian East) has been celebrated as a solemn feast on August 15 since ancient times.  What is the meaning and basis of the dogma and the Solemnity? Reflection on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary — Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10; Psalms 45:10, […]

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  • Seven Essential Lessons for Dads

    Our state in life is where we live out our vocation; it is the path by which we journey to Heaven. God has called each of us by name to Himself. In baptism we each received a share in the divine mission and a responsibility to be faithful to that mission. When a man and a woman answer God’s call to […]

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  • Walking on the Water—Fear, Faith and Trials

    The gospel story of Jesus walking on the water and Peter sinking has much to teach us about the difference between fear, little faith, and the kind of trust that endures waves and storms, trials and crisis. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) — First Kings 19:9, 11-13; Psalms 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14; […]

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  • The Patroness of Television

    There is a patron saint for everyone—accountants and authors, bankers and bee keepers—and everything—travel and toothaches, Kentucky and kidney stones.  So it shouldn’t surprise us that as they became commonplace in homes, Pope Pius XII realized we needed a patron saint of television. He chose Saint Clare of Assisi, the famous female follower of St. Francis. On Palm Sunday in […]

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  • Undeniable

    “Human intelligence is surely already capable of finding a response to the question of origins. The existence of God the Creator can be known with certainty through his works, by the light of human reason, even if this knowledge is often obscured and disfigured by error. This is why faith comes to confirm and enlighten reason in the correct understanding […]

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Into the Deep

Celebrating the Dormition and Assumption of Mary

On August 15th of each Liturgical Year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the United States, the Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation unless it  falls on a Saturday or Monday, in which case the precept to attend Mass is abrogated: “Whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, […]

Help! I need Practical Ideas for Living the Faith

For the last several years, there has been an increased interest in practical advice on how to practice their faith.  Certainly, the uncertainty and growing chaos in the secular world have something to do with this. More recently, we have seen more obvious clashes between our culture and our Church. We can look back through Salvation History and see the pattern. The […]

Surrender & Strength

Five Ideas For Overcoming Our Time Problem

For years I have heard people say they don’t have enough time to pray, get involved in parish ministry, attend daily Mass, do Eucharistic Adoration, be involved in their children’s activities, serve in the community, etc., etc. This complaint is so pervasive, that along with silos and surrender, I have identified our misconceptions about time as one of the biggest […]

Undeniable

“Human intelligence is surely already capable of finding a response to the question of origins. The existence of God the Creator can be known with certainty through his works, by the light of human reason, even if this knowledge is often obscured and disfigured by error. This is why faith comes to confirm and enlighten reason in the correct understanding […]

Regular Feature

Lessons from the Public Ministry Learned in a Social Media World

My job at the diocese is focused on forming Catholic adults. As St. John Paul II told us, adult catechesis is actually the principal form of catechesis in the Church, “because it is addressed to persons who have the greatest responsibilities and the capacity to live the Christian message in its fully developed form.”  Many of our parishes spend most […]

Following in the Footsteps of Father Pierre-Jean De Smet to the Solar Eclipse!

There is arguably no one more well-traveled in the world in the nineteenth century than the Belgium-born Father Pierre-Jean De Smet, SJ (Father Peter-John). He was born in 1801 and traveled 180,000 miles in his lifetime, passing away in 1873. On behalf of raising money and awareness for Indian missions in America, the great Jesuit priest crossed the ocean nineteen times, visiting […]

The Patroness of Television

There is a patron saint for everyone—accountants and authors, bankers and bee keepers—and everything—travel and toothaches, Kentucky and kidney stones.  So it shouldn’t surprise us that as they became commonplace in homes, Pope Pius XII realized we needed a patron saint of television. He chose Saint Clare of Assisi, the famous female follower of St. Francis. On Palm Sunday in […]

In the Spotlight

Man of the House—A Book Review

Man of the House A Handbook For Building A Shelter That Will Last In A World That Is Falling Apart. C. R. Wiley Resource Publications (2017) ### In this age, we are suffering a crisis of fatherhood like no other. Notions of manly virtue, authentic fatherhood and manly leadership have been under attack for so long it is highly unlikely that […]

Your “Most Solemn Obligation”

Without question, parents are the primary influence on the faith lives of their children. Study after study shows that when parents are strong spiritual leaders, and when fathers—yes, dads in particular—teach and witness the faith to their children, the kids are far more likely to grow up and live faithful lives themselves. What kind of role do you want the […]

We are Made for Truth

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (1 Samuel 15:23). Few things are more heartbreaking for a faithful Catholic than to hear someone say, “I really love the Catholic Church, but I just disagree with a few of Her teachings.” We might politely refer to such a one as a “cafeteria Catholic” in […]

A Pro-Life Philosophy

Introduction Thank you. Does this [microphone] work? Can everybody hear me? If not, raise your hands. Whoever’s absent, please raise your hand. A Review of Logic A couple of preliminary rules. I’m a philosopher, I like to argue, so I’d like to say something about the role of argument in addressing an issue like abortion, and then something about the […]

Daily Extras

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Augustine of Hippo

“Thou movest us to delight in praising Thee; for Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.” (St. Augustine of Hippo, Confessions – Book I. Chapter I.) The Memorial of St. Augustine, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of Grace (A.D. 354 – 430) is August 28.  Please share on social media. Print this […]

Encountering the Word — 1 John 3:16-17

“The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him?” (1 John 3:16-17) Please share on social media. Print […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Thérèse of Lisieux

“Our Lord … showed me the book of nature, and I understood that every flower created by Him is beautiful, that the brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the sweet simplicity of the daisy. I understood that if all the lowly flowers wished to be roses, nature […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. John Damascene

“Even though your most holy and blessed soul was separated from your most happy and immaculate body, according to the usual course of nature, and even though it was carried to a proper burial place, nevertheless it did not remain under the dominion of death, nor was it destroyed by corruption. “Indeed, just as her virginity remained intact when she […]

Scripture Reflections

Is the Kingdom of God Liberal or Conservative? Old or New?

How does the Kingdom of God relate to conservative versus liberal values?  Should those seeking the pearl of great price look for it in realms that are more traditionalist and old or more progressive and new? Reflection on the Mass readings for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) — First Kings 3:5, 7-12; Psalms 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-12; Romans […]

Parable of the Wheat and Tares

The parable of the wheat and the tares or weeds is Jesus’ response to those who want to cleanse the Christian community of the impure and imperfect. The Church, in this world, is more a hospital for sinners than a club for saints. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) — Wisdom 12:13, 16-19; […]