The Jesus Prayer

I am now going to tell you about the shortest, simplest, and most powerful prayer in the world. It is called the “Jesus Prayer”, and it consists simply in uttering the single word “Jesus” (or “Lord Jesus”, or “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner”) in any situation, at any time and place, either aloud or silently. There […]

Adventure or Cautious Mediocrity

Peter.  Paul.  Isaiah.  Frodo Baggins.  They have more in common than meets the eye. Of course there are differences, too.  Peter is a small business man, trying to wring a living for his family out of a lake in Hicksville.  No one expected much from Galilee.  Its inhabitants had a thick country accent that gave them away every time, like […]

What is God’s Answer to Human Suffering?

The answer must be someone, not just something. For the problem (suffering) is about someone (God—why does he… why doesn’t he …?) rather than just something. To question God’s goodness is not just an intellectual experiment. It is rebellion or tears. It is a little child with tears in its eyes looking up at Daddy and weeping, “Why?” This is […]

Thee and Thou in the Here and Now

Being at least partially, though unwillingly, a product of modernity, I somewhat understand the forced evolution of language. While the generations before us melted words over decades, following the natural flow of tribal vernacular that morphed ‘Caesar’ into ‘Czar’ or ‘Kaiser,’ today’s progressive culture has pushed the hand of language to eliminate and replace language at an even more rapid […]

Movie Review: Like Dandelion Dust

Best-selling Christian novelist Karen Kingsbury has some very persistent fans.  They organized a grassroots movement on Facebook to bring the shoestring-budget indie film version of her popular novel, Like Dandelion Dust, to local theaters throughout the country this weekend. Based on this information, I was expecting to screen a movie along the lines of compelling but clearly budget films like […]

The Catholic Resistance to State-encouraged Atheism

What ought to be the response of Catholic believers to the rise of militant secularism in the West that is seeking to exile Christian faith from relevance, cultural history, and the public square? Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, perhaps the most prophetic of all U.S. Catholic Church leaders on Church-state issues, gave a profound answer to that question on August […]

Keeping the Faith

“Ann” shared with me a concern regarding her young adult children. Although raised in a committed Catholic home, they have recently been left feeling “cold” with the hypocrisy they see in the parish they attend. The son works in a club and regularly observes a lay church leader acting un-Christian-like in the bar—hitting on women, using profanity, and then sitting […]

The Hour is Late

Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention please?  Put down the birth control.  You heard me.  Put it down and walk away. I don’t like to be harsh, but the hour is late. The citizens of many countries belong on the endangered species because they are dying out.  Never before in the history of the world have so many […]