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Our Catholic Suffering Syndrome (CSS) Part II

April 6, AD2018 1 Comment
Our Catholic Suffering Syndrome (CSS) Part II

In Part I, we discussed a common misunderstanding of suffering among many Catholics.  We looked at a specific type of suffering involving persecution. Now let’s turn to two other types of “meritorious” sufferings that don’t necessarily involve persecution – or the actions of others. St. Paul’s rather difficult statement in Col 1:24 frames a context […]

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Frassati, Gonzaga, and the True Nature of Rebellion

March 18, AD2018 1 Comment
Frassati, Gonzaga, and the True Nature of Rebellion

It’s no secret that young people are abandoning the church. The reasons behind the rebellion and abandonment are complex. No one seems to have a full understanding of the reasoning behind the millennial generation’s denial of the Catholic Church and their subsequent association as “Nones.” As a young person from the millennial generation, even I […]

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5 Infallible Ways to Keep the Devil at Bay

February 5, AD2018 1 Comment
5 Infallible Ways to Keep the Devil at Bay

A pronounced feature of the countryside surrounding the beautiful city of Cali, Columbia is a set of three crosses perched atop the mountains to the east. But no one can recall who put them up there, or when. The locals call them simply “Las Tres Cruces” (the Three Crosses). They believe, somewhat superstitiously, that the […]

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Holiness is Not About Being Nice

January 3, AD2018 2 Comments
Holiness is Not About Being Nice

I used to think I had reached the peak of holiness in my life. I went to mass, confession and prayed somewhat regularly. I had studied theology and dedicated myself to a youth group and ministry. What could be holier than that? Then I started going to confession more regularly with a spiritual director and […]

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Mortification: An Ancient Part of the Christian Spiritual Life

November 24, AD2017 21 Comments
Mortification: An Ancient Part of the Christian Spiritual Life

 “Shaun, please come see me. Thanks.” An email from my boss popped up, so I went over immediately. Walking into her office she noticed my shoelace, “Oh! Your shoe is untied.”  Without thinking, I blurted out, “Oh, that’s a mortification.”  Pause. In the nanoseconds after I said this I realized, 1) she is going to be totally […]

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Athletic Spirituality and Competition, Part I

September 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Athletic Spirituality and Competition, Part I

I was privileged enough to play collegiate baseball for four years and professionally for two years before riding into the sunset of retirement where the real challenge began- figuring out how to relate my athletic experience to everyday life. My whole athletic life was spent striving for goals that were physically attainable if I put […]

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Mary Assists Our Rise in Holiness

July 30, AD2017 2 Comments
Mary Assists Our Rise in Holiness

The archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary at the Annunciation, he said, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you, have found favor with God”[Luke 1:30]. Fear is an effective weapon in the devil’s arsenal to stop us on our journey to holiness and ultimately to Heaven, however, fear never stopped Mary. Mary Will Lead Us Mary […]

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A Lesson From a Two Year Old on Holiness

May 8, AD2017 3 Comments
A Lesson From a Two Year Old on Holiness

Objectively speaking, there is little chance of success if someone attempts bench press 300 lbs and has never lifted weights. There is also little chance of success in attempting a marathon without having trained.  Even though I know these things, I also know I have a tendency to just grit my teeth and attempt to […]

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Patron Saint of Missing Socks, Pray For Us

July 27, AD2016 7 Comments
Patron Saint of Missing Socks, Pray For Us

  As a mother of a large family, struggling to wash, dry, and fold three or four loads of laundry every day, I secretly wondered if there was an obscure saint, with little to do, who could fill in as my patron saint of missing socks. Little did I know, God was using the dilemma […]

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You Can’t Make a Silk Purse Out Of A Sow’s Ear

May 12, AD2016 4 Comments
You Can’t Make a Silk Purse Out Of A Sow’s Ear

My defeat and subsequent surrender were key to my salvation, delivering me from an egotistical life which focused on my own strength and effort, not on grace. I finally realized my only options were either insanity or to stop functioning like I was the god of my little kingdom and to allow Christ to do His […]

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Why Smells and Bells Matter in Liturgy

January 10, AD2015 9 Comments
Why Smells and Bells Matter in Liturgy

We humans are complex creations. It cannot be denied that we are “fearfully and wonderfully” made by our God. The earthly bodies He gave us are composed of miraculous functions and capabilities. Among them, our senses not only aid our survival, they collaborate to bring richness to our lives. We’ve all experienced the mental lift of […]

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Being One, Holy and Catholic

October 31, AD2014 13 Comments
Being One, Holy and Catholic

Holy People in Daily Life Several rolling, rural counties of Northeastern Ohio are home to the largest Amish community in the world. Ohioans are very accustomed to passing by buggies, bicyclists, plain white houses with black and purple laundry on the line, and horses — hundreds of horses, who do the work in this idyllic […]

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Baby-Stepping to Holiness

July 3, AD2014 3 Comments
Baby-Stepping to Holiness

One of my wife’s and my favorite movies is What about Bob? In this early-90s comedy, Richard Dreyfuss plays Dr. Leo Marvin, a psychiatrist who has just released a new book, Baby Steps. “It’s about setting small, reasonable goals for yourself,” he tells his new patient, Bob Wiley, played by Bill Murray. “When you leave this office, don’t […]

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How My Mother’s Mistakes Strengthened My Faith

May 30, AD2014 18 Comments
How My Mother’s Mistakes Strengthened My Faith

The Catechism of the Catholic Church upholds the biblical directive that parents are the first (and most important) teachers of their children. What we often fail to realize is that what we do can have much more effect on our children than what we say or how we instruct. Who hasn’t seen one of their […]

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Fasting for Healing

March 12, AD2014 7 Comments
Fasting for Healing

Fasting isn\’t always about not eating food. It can mean giving up something we find pleasurable for the sake of refocusing on Christ. Something inside each of us desires to be our best selves. We get swept away in the daily comforts of our lives and we feel hazy or fuzzy or not quite strong […]

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Making the Church Beautiful Starts At Home

March 1, AD2014 4 Comments
Making the Church Beautiful Starts At Home

It began because I\’d put off housecleaning. (It\’s bad for me spiritually to do this because then I get vexed by time constraints in addition to mess). I went to my two daughter\’s room and found a great disappointment. (Again another potential spiritual snare). I\’ve been trying to help my daughters take on the responsibility […]

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On Rocky Ground

February 20, AD2014 3 Comments
On Rocky Ground

\”Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep… And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit. It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold\” – Mark 4:5, 8 Though not a frequent camper, I know how easy (or difficult) […]

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“Satan, Haunter of the World, is Haunted by Holiness”

November 2, AD2013 42 Comments
“Satan, Haunter of the World, is Haunted by Holiness”

I don’t go to Halloween parties. I drive a cab in New York City all night and I witness a freak show every night of the year. Not everyone mind you, just the ones dressed in their fantasy costumes of a rock star or a Goth or a princess or a cowgirl or a barbarian […]

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Forget Sanity; Pray for Holiness

August 14, AD2013 3 Comments
Forget Sanity; Pray for Holiness

Christians everywhere are grieving the loss of sanity through loss of Christian values. Some predict that when things get bad enough, people will come to their senses and return to God. I am not holding my breath. I used to think that when the results of Godlessness became obvious, the masses would become more Godly. […]

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Humility and Devotion Through Veiling

August 7, AD2013 8 Comments
Humility and Devotion Through Veiling

It has been years since I first felt God quietly calling me. At first I couldn’t understand what He was asking me to do. As time passed I began to hear Him louder. My heart could feel Him tugging and before long there was no way I could deny what He was asking of me. I fought Him tooth […]

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St. Francis de Sales and the Velveteen Rabbit

February 16, AD2013 5 Comments
St. Francis de Sales and the Velveteen Rabbit

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit. “Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.” “Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?” “It doesn\’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long […]

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