It’s incredible to me the number of times I’ll be talking to a friend and they’ll admit to doing something wrong and then spend the next ten minutes expounding upon why it was ultimately a good thing that they chose the wrong action instead of pursuing righteousness. Friends who are guilty of sexual immorality, cheating, lying, and other sins will admit these sins to me and then talk about...
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...
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...
For centuries, a small minority of men have used women’s bodies for their own physical pleasure. Through a multitude of sexual sin, such as rape and prostitution, wicked men used and continue to use women as physical objects with complete disregard for their personhood along with their emotional, spiritual and mental wellbeing. There was a general consensus among people of most cultural and...
Patheos is hosting a symposium on the upcoming Synod on the Family and blogger Calah Alexander has some frank, honest points about the Church’s teaching on procreative generosity in practice. It’s worth reading.
Even so, what rankles the most is never the lack of material help. I don’t expect the Church to pick up the bill for all the kids she says I should welcome....
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...