Twelve Surprises About Catholicism and Evangelicalism

"Christ in Gethsemane" (detail) by Heinrich Hofmann

Over the past dozen years I’ve had the amazing and accidental opportunity to do something few Christians get to do: dive deeply into both the Catholic and Evangelical worlds.  That experience has been enlightening, confusing, encouraging, frustrating and inspiring all at once.  As a result, I’ve arrived at 12 realizations that surprised me about each side of Christianity, and the […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Blessed John Henry Newman

“I want a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, not disputatious, but men who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold and what they do not, who know their creed so well that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they […]

A Candle in a Dark World

“I just wanted to light a candle…” I thought as I scanned the ancient stone walls of the Cathedral.  My eyes gazed at the sheer beauty of the Gothic-style architecture built over 1,000 years ago.  Just then a brisk rush of wind filled the entrance as another traveler stopped in to look around.  I decided to walk slowly down the […]

A Strategy for the New Evangelization

Some weeks ago, I gave a sermon in which I mentioned Keith Richards, the lead guitarist for the Rolling Stones. I recounted how struck I was by a passage from Richards’s autobiography in which the guitarist described the almost maniacal dedication with which he and his bandmates set out to learn Chicago blues. “Benedictines,” he said, “had nothing on us.” […]

A Religion You Couldn’t Have Guessed – Thoughts on Rome

We wound through cobble stone streets into piazza after piazza. We ducked into glorious church after glorious church wallpapered in masterpieces and lined with artifacts, bones and the occasional saintly arm. After miles of walking, our feet felt like we were wearing the latest in hot skillets instead of sandles, but we pushed on. Past the magnificence of the Colosseum, […]

I Fall To My Knees

I Fall To My Knees (A Reflection on Eucharistic Adoration) In the True Presence of Christ, I fall to my knees. I am humbled to be so near Him in the form of the Eucharist. A feeling of peace and joy comes over me. I start to pray in earnest because our Lord hears our prayers. I offer Him my […]