Lex orandi

There’s a latin phrase you’ll sometimes hear in the Church: “Lex orandi, lex credendi.” Roughly translated to “the way we pray is the way we believe.” According to the USCCB, the phrase goes back to a fifth century Christian writer. And, this is very much a timeless truth of our Read more…

A good fight

Here’s an interesting little thought experiment: What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail? What would you attempt, if you knew that it would work? Would you ask that girl out? Would you start your own business? Would you take the Gospel to the ends of the earth? Read more…

Good and Faithful

When it’s all said and done, we will stand before the throne of God and face judgment. It’s hard to imagine what this will actually be like. But, it’s something that we must try to prepare for, and live our lives accordingly.  In Chapter 25 of Matthew’s Gospel, we see Read more…

The fruitless

In striving to live lives of holiness, there’s a balance of what you might call the interior life and the exterior life. You could also think of it as faith and works, or the contemplative life and the active life.  The interior life is the foundation for all that we Read more…

Hope ascended

Today is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. At first glance, this is a bit of a bittersweet feast for us. Christ’s Ascension means that He no longer walks among us, teaching, and healing like He did 2,000 years ago. We can understand why the Apostles just kept staring Read more…

Saints don’t run

Yesterday, I heard the story of Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko, a martyred priest during the Communist takeover of Poland. Blessed Jerzy became a member of the Solidarity movement, a source of hope for his fellow countrymen. As you can imagine, the Communists hated him, tried multiple times tried to intimidate Read more…

Saved from Hell

In 1917, Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children near Fatima, Portugal. She showed the children visions, taught them prayers, and issued warnings. One such warning was this: “Pray, pray a great deal, and make sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to Hell because they have no one to pray Read more…