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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

It doesn’t get much more beautiful than this. From St. Augustine, whose feast was 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, 2012 - 10:25 pm - Number of Comments » 1

He is Risen! “But rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice exultantly” (1 Peter 4:13) We cannot follow Jesus Christ without sharing in His Cross. “But after the trial, what a reward!” (St. Therese) Just as Christ was “made […]


Posted at: April 8th, 2012 - 2:36 pm - Number of Comments » 0

A couple of my fellow contributors to the Ignitum Today blog are asking for lots of prayers. Andrew and Christina were married in October of 2011. Just one month later they happily discovered that Christina was with child. However, their elation soon turned to concern when their unborn daughter, Maria Isabella, was diagnosed with Spina […]


Posted at: March 16th, 2012 - 9:19 pm - Number of Comments » 6

Today is the 12th anniversary of my paralyzing car accident. It is also the feast of St. John of the Cross, the real Dark Knight. Coincidence? I think not. This writing from a spiritual Canticle of his sums up much of what I have learned over the course of the last twelve years: “[T]he apostle […]


Posted at: December 14th, 2011 - 10:05 pm - Number of Comments » 3