Shining a light into darkness

The Catholic moment we are experiencing has revealed much about sexual immorality among and between clergy and the associated abuse of power that enabled and concealed the immorality for so long. The #MeToo movement that has gained steam over the last two years has shone light into the darkness of similar enablement and concealment. As these … Continue reading Shining a light into darkness

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Living Life Well

Today I attended the funeral Mass for Jeff Van Brunt. Jeff would have been 39 years old in June. He's six months older than I am, which makes a person think twice. In the course of 75 minutes at Mass, I saw the many people that Jeff had touched in his relatively short life. Jeff … Continue reading Living Life Well

Only One Option

Name it what you will, but in the end, there is only one option for Christians in today's world. Rod Dreher's insightful recent work, The Benedict Option, is but one iteration of it. There are others espousing the Dominican Option, the Franciscan Option, even the Justin Martyr Option. But for as many feast days as there are on … Continue reading Only One Option

Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait (Francesco Napolitano)

Much of what I knew about Padre Pio before reading this book came through stories that seemed apocryphal. They seemed too good to be true. They seemed to be part of the saccharine hagiography that characterizes so much of what is out there. This book changed all that. Fr. Francesco Napolitano knew Padre Pio, worked … Continue reading Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait (Francesco Napolitano)

Obergefell v. Hodges

The Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges--redefining "marriage" as a union between two people, regardless of gender--is one more step in the natural progression of our culture. We've been on the decline for a while now. But what was so unnerving about the Obergefell decision was the majority's willingness to abandon any pretense of constitutional analysis in favor … Continue reading Obergefell v. Hodges