Go Deep

Every Sunday after the homily, we stand together and say “I believe” followed by a recitation of historical and doctrinal claims about Jesus Christ and His Church. When we think of the phrase “I believe” we often think of it as mentally assenting to some truth or fact. I believe Jesus Christ died for our … Continue reading Go Deep

More and Gladly

One of the hardest things is to let it go when someone wrongs you or someone you love. Our first impulse is not often the healthiest. Anger and hurt can make us want to fight back and even wish ill will on the offender. But life is full of hurts and wrongs inflicted, and intentionally … Continue reading More and Gladly

Commanding Presence

After 100 years of construction and the blessing of the recently finished ‘Trinity Dome’ on December 8, The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC is now complete. Walking in, one is at once struck by the towering mosaic of Christ in the north apse. One of the largest mosaics … Continue reading Commanding Presence

God is Coming

There’s a man goin’ ’round takin’ names And he decides who to free and who to blame Everybody won’t be treated all the same There’ll be a golden ladder reachin’ down When the man comes around – Johnny Cash I grew up a Mississippi Protestant surrounded by hellfire and brimstone preachers who often preached the question, … Continue reading God is Coming

The Presupposition

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola is one of the great works of Christian spirituality in the history of the Church.  It is a spiritual retreat meant to help with discernment and growth in God. It’s a foundational text for members of The Society of Jesus (Jesuits). At the very beginning of these exercises, … Continue reading The Presupposition

How Does It Live Within You?

Frederic Ozanam was a law student at the University of the Sorbonne in the 1830’s. During his time at the university, Frederic started a discussion club composed of Catholics, atheists, and agnostics. They met to discuss the issues of the day and often these meetings turned into lively and heated debates. During one meeting, Frederic … Continue reading How Does It Live Within You?

Fully Human

How often do we say something like, “It’s just human nature”?  Such a phrase is frequently voiced with a negative connotation. When we witness people doing bad or destructive things, or when we have to create rules or laws to keep people from doing those things, we often sigh in resignation that human nature dictates … Continue reading Fully Human