occasions of sin

Practical Steps to Love Jesus More Deeply

"General Judgment" (detail) by Michelangelo

We live in difficult times as Catholics. Quite possibly it has always been this way. The culture sends messages to us that are very harmful to our spiritual life. If we have become blind to this truth, it is likely that we are pursuing success as defined by the secular world instead of pursuing the holiness God has called us […]

Surpass the Pharisees — Cut it Off!

Photography © by Andy Coan

The sham holiness of the Pharisees was hard on others sin but made excuses for its own faults.The sham holiness of the Pharisees was hard on others sin but made excuses for its own faults. We so often condemn the Pharisees that we totally miss a sneaky way that we are often like them.  The hard saying of Jesus “if […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. John Vianney

St. Jean-Baptiste Marie Vianney, Cure d’Ars

“My dear brethren, I call that man bad company who is without religion, who does not concern himself with either the commandments of God or those of the Church, who does not recognize Lent or Easter, who seldom comes to church or, if he does come, then only to scandalize others by his irreligious ways. You ought to shun his […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. John Vianney

St. Jean-Baptiste Marie Vianney, Cure d’Ars

“My dear brethren, I call that man bad company who is without religion, who does not concern himself with either the commandments of God or those of the Church, who does not recognize Lent or Easter, who seldom comes to church or, if he does come, then only to scandalize others by his irreligious ways. You ought to shun his […]

The Holiness of the Pharisees and the Occasions of Sin

Photography © by Andy Coan

Radio talk show hosts make a living on it.  Show after show, they bring before our eyes stupid, unjust and wasteful situations in order to incite outrage.  We love to listen and get ourselves all worked up.  Our indignation keeps us tuned in and raises the show’s ratings. It’s easy to focus on the outrageous things that others do.  It’s […]

The Holiness of the Pharisees and Occasions of Sin

Radio talk show hosts make a living on it.  Show after show, they bring before our eyes stupid, unjust and wasteful situations in order to incite outrage.  We love to listen and get ourselves all worked up.  Our indignation keeps us tuned in and raises the show’s ratings. It’s easy to focus on the outrageous things that others do.  It’s […]