countercultural

Encountering the Word — 1 John 5:2-5

Photography © by Andy Coan

“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith. Who is it that overcomes the […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.

“It takes a deep faith to ‘swim against the tide,’ as Pope Francis recently encouraged young people to do at last summer’s World Youth Day. Swimming against the tide means limiting one’s access to positions of prestige and power in society. It means that those who choose to live by the Catholic faith will not be welcomed as political candidates […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Pope Francis

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

“I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries, to swim against the tide; yes, I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes that you are incapable of responsibility, that you are incapable of true love.” (Pope Francis) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using […]

Encountering the Word — 1 John 5:2-5

Photography © by Andy Coan

“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith. Who is it that overcomes the […]

Encountering the Word – Luke 12:49-53

Photography © by Andy Coan

“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Pope Francis

“I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries, to swim against the tide; yes, I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes that you are incapable of responsibility, that you are incapable of true love.” (Pope Francis) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using […]

The Joy Amidst the Disappointment

"The Ascension of Christ (Detail)" by Farofalo

What follows is a note I sent to a group of friends who I suspect felt a profound sense of sadness after the presidential election. I share it with you to offer a perspective that will help you see the very real blessing that God has given us, how He has answered our deepest prayers in permitting our disappointment. I […]

The Extraordinary Challenge of Being Counter-Cultural

It is often said that it is counter-cultural to be a follower of Christ.  No believer who hears that statement disagrees with it, but few of us take it completely to heart.  And that is a deceptively dangerous thing. Before I explain, let’s first clarify what it means to say that to be a Christian is to be counter-cultural.  I […]

Why Would You Ever Want a Hubby and a Baby?

I was trapped on the treadmill, eyes fixed on the TV set elevated above me and dumbfounded by the show I found myself watching. It was one of those talk shows—you know, the kind where the hosts and guests spend an hour or so discussing all sorts of “important” topics: celebrity gossip, beauty tips, relationship problems…definitely not my entertainment preference, […]

The Discipline of Faith

In the modern world where it is politically correct to be ‘spiritual’ rather than ‘religious’, it is no surprise that people easily lose sight of, or consciously dismiss, the importance of having discipline when it comes to nurturing their faith.  From prayer and sacramental worship to service and fellowship, it is easier than ever to become lax in the practice […]