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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 - Comments Off

) This is a great piece from CBS on comedian Jim Gaffigan about his family life. At the end of the interview Anthony Mason asks Gaffigan if he’s “done” having kids. To which he responds that, because he’s Catholic and his wife is a “shiite” Catholic, “there is no goalie” and he’s, “not opposed to […]


Posted at: March 11th, 2014 - 9:51 pm - Number of Comments » 5

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

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family – a model for all families. Pope Paul VI on Nazareth and family life: May Nazareth serve as a model of what the family should be. May it show us the family’s holy and enduring character and exemplifying its basic function in society: a community […]


Posted at: December 30th, 2011 - 7:42 pm - Comments Off

Happy second day of Christmas! While the rest of the world moves on from Christmas, for Catholics, the Christmas season has only just begun. I love this passage from a sermon by St. Leo the Great that is part of the Office of Readings every Christmas: “Dearly beloved, today our Savior is born; let us […]


Posted at: December 26th, 2011 - 9:59 pm - Comments Off

In response to a post I wrote at Ignitum Today last month about contemplating death, a reader commented: [W]hy not look at death as a meeting with the One we have been waiting for all our lives, similar to a soldier who is on the battlefield and thinks of his beloved waiting back home for […]


Posted at: December 21st, 2011 - 3:39 pm - Number of Comments » 1

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

Earlier this year I agreed to write for a new Catholic blog that launched for young adults in August. It’s now November and I haven’t written a thing – until now…finally! It’s definitely not some of the best writing I’ve ever done. I have not been in the mood to write at all lately, which […]


Posted at: November 3rd, 2011 - 6:52 am - Comments Off

Yesterday I wrote about an article in the UK Daily Mail written by a mother who chose to kill her unborn son who was diagnosed with spina bifida. Today I was just struck by the stark contrast between her negative and fear based vision of life with a handicapped child and a recently uncovered email […]


Posted at: June 15th, 2011 - 6:49 pm - Comments Off

The real “Christmas season” has finally begun! Here is another one of my favorite TSO songs performed by the late great Daryl Pediford. MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I hope you’re all are having a wonderful Christmas. Today I’ll be flying home from South Florida where I’ve been with family since last Wednesday. It’s actually been a little […]


Posted at: December 27th, 2010 - 10:28 am - Comments Off