A role to play

It’s easy to fall into the trap today of being a passive consumer in the Church. Going to Mass once a week and being a spectator, watching from the sidelines. But, we are not spectators. We are participants, we are disciples, we are missionaries. Whether we see ourselves in this Read more…

Our daily cross

Christ invites us to take up our cross and follow Him. In fact, He says to be His disciple, we must take up our cross. But, what does that look like for us, 21st century men in the U.S.? Often times, we think of our cross as the big, special sufferings. And, Read more…

Be Not Afraid

One of the lines from last week that stuck out to me is incredibly simple and profound: Love beyond fear.  That’s the challenge, isn’t it? To love God beyond fear. Almost every obstacle to loving God can be boiled down to fear. But, what are we afraid of? Last week, we Read more…

Fists clenched

During Lent, you probably notice that Churches offer extra Confession times, Stations of the Cross on Fridays, maybe Adoration, and of course, Daily Masses. The Church does this to help us along on our pilgrimage to Easter Sunday. But, this kind of help isn’t forced on us. The Church offers Read more…

Upping the ante

Well, well. It comes up quick! Ash Wednesday is almost upon us. We still have one day, and that means there’s still time to sort a few things out. So, keep thinking about your Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving commitments. Look up Mass times for tomorrow. Daydream about pancakes. You know Read more…

A journey anew

Ash Wednesday is two days away, and before we begin our Lenten journey, it’s important to reflect on the destination. What’s our goal? Where do we want to be in 40+ days?   As we said last week, Lent is a season of purification and enlightenment. Purging the bad, and Read more…

Selling Happiness

What’s the #1 thing we’re being sold? People, advertisers, and businesses sell different products or services, but most of the time what they are trying to sell is happiness. Take a quick look at any magazine, commercial, website etc. We’re constantly being told that in order to be happy we Read more…

Symphony of Truth

Many of us, at some point in our lives, fall into the line of thinking that faith is a series of unrelated do’s and don’t’s. We see what we believe as a bunch of confused facts instead of ‘a symphony of beauty, truth, and meaning’ (Archbishop Chaput’s words). But, how often Read more…