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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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)

The journey of grace

Thomas Merton said in No Man is an Island that "We ought to stop taking our conscious plans and decisions with such infinite seriousness." We all have plans in life, and that is admirable. Goals are important. As some say, though, to make God laugh, tell Him your plans. We need to realize that our ways are … Continue reading The journey of grace

Padre Pio’s Spiritual Direction for Every Day (Pasquale)

  Padre Pio's Spiritual Direction is a compilation of spiritual advice and encouragement from Padre Pio gathered from his correspondence with others. Sometimes, even, we catch a glimpse of Padre Pio's own struggles in the passages from letters to his spiritual director. These intimate instructions to others are like a daily dose of spiritual direction … Continue reading Padre Pio’s Spiritual Direction for Every Day (Pasquale)