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"The Cardinal and Theological Virtues" (detail) by Raphael [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Prudence and Knowing When to Quit

“And if any one loves righteousness, her labors are virtues; for she teaches self-control and prudence, justice and courage; nothing in life is more profitable for men than these.” (Wisdom 8:7). “Don’t be a quitter!”  It’s a phrase frequently used to encourage—or belittle.  It goes along with that silly challenge to “Go outside your comfort zone.”  But I have been […]

Humility: An Unachievable Virtue?

“Every one that exalteth himself, shall be humbled; and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11). Humility is a rather slippery virtue.  It’s one of the most important to have, but it’s impossible to achieve.  Once you set out to become proficient in humility, it has dissolved!  If you strive to grow in it by your actions, the moment you […]

I’m not sure impatience exists! Really!

Many of us seem to lack patience.  Is patience even a thing?  Doesn’t everyone you know confess to being impatient?  Red lights, long lines, other people’s lack of understanding—these things cause us throw our hands up, roll our eyes and fly into a rage.  I’ll bet it is one of the most frequent things priests hear in confession. But what is impatience […]

"Jesus Opens the Eyes of the Man Born Blind" (detail) by Duccio

What Can We Learn from the Healing of the Man Born Blind?

A reflection on the the Healing of the Man Born Blind — proclaimed during the Mass readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year A) — First Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13; Psalms 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17. In St. John’s Gospel, there is the account of the healing of the man born blind (John 9:1-41). It is the […]

Daily Reflection — Christ Shows us How to be Humble

“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12) Jesus is not just humble, he is humility. Jesus is not transcended by his qualities or attributes, he is those attributes. Jesus is not simply truthful, he is truth itself! His teaching on humility is not just words spoken, it is the life he lived […]

Practicing Acceptance and Seeing Burdens as Blessings

Not long ago a priest shared some guidance with my wife and me that has been the cause of a great deal of conversation and reflection in our home.  In response to learning that we pray every day about our oldest son’s future and that he be healed of his autism, he encouraged us to pray first for acceptance. Let […]

Man at Prayer

Why Is Surrender So Difficult?

Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.” — St. Ignatius Loyola What is the connection between surrender and strength?  Surrendering to Christ and putting His will before my own for the first time almost 11 years ago […]

Bride and Groom

On Marriage, Leadership and Honoring Our Wives

Marriage is in trouble everywhere, especially in our country with over half of marriages ending in divorce. Our culture, so influenced by Hollywood and materialism, has set about creating a society which no longer values marriage and the family in favor of one which glorifies selfishness, greed, and offers false idols for us to worship instead of God. As an […]

St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Roswell, Georgia—Photography © by Michael Bickerstaff

What’s Holding You Back from a Deeper Faith

Looking back at my childhood, I am thankful for the many gifts the good God sent my way in the form of people who knew and loved Him and chose to share that knowledge and love with me. There are so many examples from the good Catholic sisters and priests who taught me to my Presbyterian friend, James, who announced […]