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Ungrudging Hospitality

A few weeks ago, a friend reached out to me because she and her mother were looking for a place to stay while in my city for a week-long training. I offered to host them, since I had the space to offer and I was happy to have the chance to catch up. As I was preparing their bedroom, making […]

Four Simple Tools to Help Navigate Your Way From Sin to Sanctity

So, you’ve got a sin problem too?  It’s not uncommon.  In fact, it has plagued every living human since the first living humans.  It’s called Original Sin.  It is part of the human condition.  Darn it. At first we just had to live with it, while God prepare us for the solution.  Even His favorite humans, the Hebrews, were not […]

The Miracle of the Sun at Fatima — October 13, 1917

The Exclamation Point of the Fatima Apparitions

In the first article of this mini-series in celebration of the centenary of the apparitions in Fatima, we looked at how the Church, in approving private revelations as worthy of belief, does not oblige the faithful to believe in them with the faith with which they believe in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, or even at all. Rather, it calls them […]

Help my unbelief: The lesson of Peter of Prague

This Sunday, we celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, or Corpus Christi.  As I wrote last year, the feast was established to strengthen belief in the Real Presence, to encourage people to draw close to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and to make reparation for sacrilege committed against the Eucharist.  While we remember and celebrate […]

Photography © by Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

I Will Proclaim Your Praise

“Lord, open my lips and my mouth will proclaim your praise.” (Psalm 51:15) These words ring out in the chapel, breaking the silence of the early morning. It is still dark outside and our community of sisters, albeit still a bit bleary-eyed, has gathered to begin the day singing the Divine Office. The words of the psalms fill the air: “It […]

Saint John Paul II and Sister Lucia of Fatima

Fatima’s Great and Hidden Servant Who Stayed a “Little Longer”

The history of Fatima is a continuous illustration of God’s words to us through the Prophet Isaiah: “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways” (Is 55:8). The divergence between divine and human ways, between God’s thinking and ours, is seen in the selection of three uneducated shepherd children in a small out-of-the-way Portuguese village to […]

"Our Lady of Fatima" (detail) by Chambers

Our Lady of Fatima and a Theological Reading of History

This past [month], we celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady to a group of shepherd children near the Portuguese town of Fatima. The series of Fatima appearances—lasting from May until October of 1917—is one of the most extraordinary in the history of the Church. It has also beguiled political and cultural commentators outside the […]

Four Starting Points for a Well-Formed Laity

In my last post, I was little strong about the need for a well-formed laity. It’s no secret that we have suffered for years from a lack of solid catechesis in most communities and the effects only increase – exponentially—as the years pass. Much ink has been spilled on what we can do as a Church to remedy the problem. We […]

Detail of Chair of St. Peter Dnalor 01, Rom, Vatikan, Petersdom, Cathedra Petri (Bernini) 4, Detail, CC BY-SA 3.0

Cultivating the Fruits of the Holy Spirit

I could use a lot more fruit in my life.  I’m not talking about dietary fiber, either.  I’m talking about the fruits of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23.  Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  And I’m going to need some help to grow these fruits.  Sure, I have some of each naturally, but, like growing […]

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

The Right Tools for Proving God’s Existence

Throughout the two thousand year history of Christianity, many arguments have come about surrounding the content of the Christian faith. A number of these are of doctrinal issue and others still on the entirety of the faith as a whole stemming from an outright rejection of the Christian God.  We see this total repudiation of the Faith increasingly brought up in many […]