How Are We Called to Be Holy?

How Are We Called to Be Holy?

I had a crisis of faith over the past few weeks. I was not questioning any points of doctrine or doubting God and His existence, but I was doubting whether or not I, as a middle class American with so many comforts, could ever really live life of heroic virtue. The...
Learning Virtue From Jane Austen

Learning Virtue From Jane Austen

Every couple of years (usually during pregnancies) I pull out our tattered volume of the complete works of Jane Austen and read it from cover to cover. And with each reread of her novels, I discover more about how she saw human nature. This past reading I was struck...
The Christian life… on ice!

The Christian life… on ice!

I’m an avid figure-skater, but not a very skilled one. I really took to skating while I was in Canada, because, let’s be honest: your outdoor exercise options are rather limited in a place that is frozen nine months a year. But I relished the challenge, the...
The God of New Beginnings

The God of New Beginnings

As I write this post I am standing on the porch of a log cabin in Oklahoma. I am gazing a a beautiful and brilliant sun slowly making her rapid descent below the horizon. As I watch this I am reminded of two things. First, there will, in all likelihood be a tomorrow....
No room at the inn

No room at the inn

One thing I’ve been thinking about a lot this Advent is that there was no room at the inn. Allow me to explain. It’s all too easy to take the uncertainty (and frankly, the humor) out of the Nativity story. Mary’s a young, unwed mom-to-be whose first reaction when...

Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue…

Blue has never been my color.  I’m more of a black with alternating shades of gray sort of guy.  I remember well the day I told my diocesan vocations director of this fact.  ”Why do you want to be a priest?” he asked.  ”Well Father, I look...