Good Friday morning read

Apr 18 Good Friday morning read

This is probably the third year in a row that I’ve recommended Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman’s Discourse 16. Mental Sufferings of Our Lord in His Passion as a must-read for Good Friday. The stations of the cross and the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary focus us on the physical sufferings of Jesus, and perhaps some emotional ones too as He underwent the humiliation of the...

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Are You Religious?

Apr 15 Are You Religious?

Last week I was watching The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Bill O’Reilly was on as a guest. The two talked jovially about being altar boys and Fallon said he’d even considered becoming a priest at one point. Bill O’Reilly was there shilling for his new book about Jesus, so the conversation was about both men’s respective experiences with Catholicism. Towards the end of the interview,...

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Should We Be Judged By Our Suffering?

Apr 08 Should We Be Judged By Our Suffering?

Last Thursday, I had to have back surgery. I had to be at the hospital at 6 am and just as we all hopped in the car at 6, I turned the ignition and the car wouldn’t start. We had a dead battery. Great. So, since the hospital is only six or so blocks away, I walked (in 7 degree weather) to the hospital.  Once the surgery was over, we scrambled to find someone to watch Peter, so John could...

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Lenten Practices: Almsgiving

Mar 21 Lenten Practices: Almsgiving

I’ve looked at resources on prayer and fasting the last two weeks, so we’ll round out our trio of Lenten practices by discussing almsgiving today. There is obviously an aspect of almsgiving that involves monetary donations; the fifth precept of the Church (“You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church”) means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the...

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Can Theology of the Body Help with Body Image?

Mar 18 Can Theology of the Body Help with Body Image?

John Acquaviva recently published his much anticipated book on body image and Theology of the Body entitled, Improving Your Body Image Through Catholic Teaching: How Theology of the Body and Other Church Writings Can Transform Your Life. I was psyched to read it since I’ve met John, and his wife was my campus minister in college. Both of them are not only faithful people, they have a...

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Lenten Practices: Fasting

Mar 14 Lenten Practices: Fasting

I mentioned some thoughts/resources on prayer last week; this week, we’ll discuss some for fasting and next week for almsgiving, to cover the three traditional Lenten practices. Bridget mentioned this earlier, but there can be confusion if we use a truncated definition of fasting as “giving something up.” It’s not really fasting if you decide to give up cursing, losing...

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