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The Florida Panhandle suffered the remnants of Hurricane Patricia all day yesterday. It quite literally did not stopped raining/storming for 24+ hours here in Pensacola. This kind of weather is always good for reflecting on suffering. During a search for storm-related quotes to lift my spirits yesterday, I came across the one above attributed to […]

Posted at: October 27th, 2015 - 11:40 am - Number of Comments » 1

It doesn’t get much more beautiful than this. From St. Augustine, whose feast is today: Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! Lo, you were within, but I outside, seeking there for you, and upon the shapely things you have made I rushed headlong — I, […]

Posted at: August 28th, 2015 - 9:30 am - Number of Comments » 1

Liz — living with advanced, incurable kidney cancer wants you to know: “The moment we label suicide an act with dignity, we’ve implied that people like me are undignified for not ending our lives, or worse, we’re a costly burden for society. What a lonely, uncharitable and fake world we live in if we think it’s […]

Posted at: January 21st, 2015 - 11:17 pm - Number of Comments » 1

image: The Lamentation, Peter Paul Rubens c. 1609 Something strange is happening—there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who […]

Posted at: April 19th, 2014 - 10:09 am - Number of Comments » 0

This week, a fellow Ignitum Today columnist wrote about the connection between the culture of death and our inability to meaningfully connect with human suffering. Her article, which included the quote from Pope Benedict below (emphasis mine), reminded me of an article I wrote myself a few years ago, which I have republished a Catholic […]

Posted at: May 23rd, 2013 - 7:13 pm - Number of Comments » 1

Hey, where are you going? It’s not Easter, yet. “Stay a while. Do not hurry by the cross on your way to Easter joy, for we know the risen Lord only through Christ and him crucified.” (Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, Death on a Friday Afternoon). image: The Lamentation, Peter Paul Rubens c. 1609 Jason Hall […]

Posted at: March 30th, 2013 - 11:35 am - Number of Comments » 0

I’ve published it here a few times already, but, in light of a discussion at my local young adult Theology on Tap I thought I’d introduce (a better version of) The Apostolate of Suffering to a wider audience. So this week I published it at Ignitum Today and Catholic Lane. Then I was excited to […]

Posted at: March 8th, 2013 - 8:45 pm - Number of Comments » 0

In today’s Gospel reading (Mt 20:17-28) the mother of the sons of Zebedee asked Jesus: “Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom.” And Jesus replied: “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the chalice that I am […]

Posted at: February 27th, 2013 - 8:37 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Well said, Mother Elvira! Faith is not something magical: “I believe, so God has to give me the miracle I’m praying for,” or “I pray. Why hasn’t God given me what I asked for?” Let’s look as an example at Mary ’s faith, a solid, sure, strong faith. We can’t even imagine how much she […]

Posted at: January 20th, 2013 - 6:16 pm - Number of Comments » 1

Yesterday the Catholic Church celebrated the feast of St. Thérèse, a lovable little saint whose example of humility and abandonment is a reminder of the strength that can be found when we embrace the limits of our human nature and place all our hope and trust in God who is “more tender than a Mother.” […]

Posted at: October 2nd, 2012 - 9:25 pm - Number of Comments » 1