The Islamic State and the Banality of Evil

Sep 04 The Islamic State and the Banality of Evil

Lately, I have found myself lacking motivation to do my daily activities. It all seems somewhat pointless when I compare my life of relative ease to the lives of the Christians who are dying for their faith in Iraq and in other countries at the hands of Islamic extremists. I go about caring for my children and the house, and wondering why I am here, safe, with all my needs met while others are...

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Ask Not What You Can Get Out of Mass, But Whether Due Worship is Given to God

Aug 21 Ask Not What You Can Get Out of Mass, But Whether Due Worship is Given to God

One of the problems with contemporary Christianity is that too often Christians focus on what they “get out of Church.” I am thinking specifically of the plight parents find themselves in when their sweet newborn grows out of sleeping at Mass and becomes the loud and active baby. Their experience of Mass changes from one of focused prayer with very involved participation to distracted prayer...

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How the Charismatic Renewal Led Me to a Traditional Life of Prayer

Aug 07 How the Charismatic Renewal Led Me to a Traditional Life of Prayer

Recently a friend from church asked me about why I started a new household when I was a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville. At Franciscan, households are groups of men or women who share a common spiritual devotion and way of praying. Usually students join an already existing one, but sometimes a group of three or more students will start a new one. My friend wanted to know if I...

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What Laura Ingalls Wilder Thought About Freedom

Jul 17 What Laura Ingalls Wilder Thought About Freedom

My family recently came home from a 17 day, 2,600 mile road trip to visit relatives. To pass the time on the road, we listened to a couple of audiobooks by Laura Ingalls Wilder. We have been going through all her books on our road trips for about a year now. We sympathized with the Ingalls family in The Long Winter, remembering the harsh winter we just had, and shared their joy in the happier...

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Join Us in a Novena for Your Marriage

Jun 26 Join Us in a Novena for Your Marriage

I have been writing a lot recently about holy families and holy marriages, taking much of my inspiration from the example of Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin, who were the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.  As I wrote these articles and after I published them, I realized that most marriages do not have an ideal situation for becoming holy. It takes the desire and devotion of both spouses to...

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