holiness

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

A Faith that is Mature

There are two dangers to the spiritual life that are all too common. First, we can spend so much time learning about God through study that we never come to know him in prayer. In this sense, study becomes a false god. Second, our efforts at “doing and ministering” become all about the “serving” and not about the one who […]

woman-praying-profile-featured-w740x493

There’s No Such Thing as “Balance”

I hate the word balance—at least the way our modern culture defines it. For most of my adult life, all I’ve heard (or read) is about how to balance work and family life or finding balance when life seems to get out of control.  It’s as if balance is this magical word that creates a utopian mindset—one that, I’ve come […]

eyeglasses-on-paper-featured-w740x493

A Spiritual Eye Exam

One of my favorite comedians has a sketch about going to the eye doctor.  He begins by admitting that it sometimes takes him years to update his prescription.  When he finally gets new lenses, he’s amazed at how well he can see. “‘Man, I could have been seeing things!’  How could instantly-improved vision not be at the top of your […]

"The Coronation of the Virgin" (detail) by Fra Angelico"The Coronation of the Virgin" (detail) by Fra Angelico

Run so as to Win

It’s that time again.  The Olympics are back.  Our living rooms are filled with international drama, and our water-cooler talk at work revolves around parallel bars, 100m freestyles, and even lightweight double sculls. The broadcasts are filled with inspirational stories which (even if they occasionally seem a little melodramatic or forced) tug at our heart strings and make us want […]

hand-in-hand-featured-w740x493

Together on Pilgrimage

There have been many images to come out of World Youth Day.  The small girl reaching up to hug the Holy Father at Mass.  The smile the Holy Father gave to the penitent in confession.  The thousands of hands reaching up to the Popemobile.  The flags, the crowds, the sunrises, the World Youth Day cross being carried by the youth. […]

Martyrdom of Bl. Miguel ProMartyrdom of Bl. Miguel Pro

The Battle is Not Out There

Twenty years goes by quickly. This past week, my sisters and I met up with other members of our high school youth group for a reunion. The youth group had been a saving grace for all of us during those turbulent high school years. We supported each other, learned about the saints together, went on crazy trips together, and most […]

movie-theatre-featured-w740x493

Lessons in Religious Life Learned… from Hollywood?

What could Hollywood teach us about the religious life?  It’s easy to get discouraged by how badly movies and television portray the Catholic Church.  It was not always the norm, however, and I decided to host a summer movie series to remind everyone that “secular” movies can teach us something about religious life and even… holiness! For the series I […]

"All Saints" by Fra Angelico"All Saints" by Fra Angelico

I need more messy saints…

I am looking for some messy saint stories. You know, the type of story that shows the person made a fool of themselves, or chose poorly, or even… sinned. Perhaps it sounds weird—we look to the saints to be our examples in holiness, so why would I want a story that showed the exact opposite? I need encouragement.  Sure, I […]