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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America’s Other Border Crisis

Jul 16 America’s Other Border Crisis

While millions of Americans share their concerns about our southern border and the rapid influx of illegal immigrants, Catholics have been sharing their views more than most I’ve seen, with a sharply divided approach between our theological need to care for the less fortunate – in this case the orphan and the foreigner – and a genuine concern for the safety of our social and...

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Catholicism 101: Why Do Catholics Pray the Rosary?

Jun 17 Catholicism 101: Why Do Catholics Pray the Rosary?

You’ve seen them before, the mysterious strand of beads that Catholics have hanging from their rearview mirror. You wonder what kind of prayer could possibly require a necklace to pray? First of all, the rosary was never and is still not meant to serve as jewelry. If you’ve ever worn it as a necklace, you should probably immediately fall to your knees and pray ten Hail Marys. Kidding...

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The Reflective Nature of Friendships

Apr 29 The Reflective Nature of Friendships

Recently, I saw a friend who I haven’t seen or really talked to in maybe four or five years. We were close friends in high school and the summers between years in college. His family moved away and I hadn’t been home in a couple of years, so our paths hadn’t crossed in a long time. Upon seeing him though, it was like nothing had changed. We told the same jokes, we talked in...

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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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