On creaking knees, worn with repeated hours on earthen floors making bread and coaxing coals into flame, she now knelt in the upper room in the city – and prayed. … Continue Reading She at Pentecost
Okay, it’s true, Catholics believe some radical things. Take the Ascension, for one. We profess that Jesus not only rose from the dead, but also went bodily to a supernatural … Continue Reading The Essence of the Ascension – Weird and Wonderful
Have you ever submerged yourself under water, like a lake or a pool, and gone down, down, down? The light, if visible, is far-off and distorted, while all around you, … Continue Reading Descended to the Dead
When the Roman soldier drove a lance up into the side of Christ’s body on the Cross, blood and water poured forth from His pierced heart. At that same moment, … Continue Reading His Heart Was Pierced
For my salvation, Lord, this is what you will… The circle of thorns, the only crown that we deigned to give you in our wickedness, pierced into your temples … Continue Reading Meditating on Christ’s Death
Fasting and abstinence, ashes on the forehead, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa… And so Lent begins. It may look like Catholics are a bunch of sorrowful, gloomy, … Continue Reading Lent: Getting over Yourself and Finding Yourself
“And you beneath life’s crushing load, whose forms are bending low, who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow…” There is so much suffering in the world. … Continue Reading Job’s Christmas
The human body isn’t always pretty. Oh no. We all suffer, or will suffer, from one weakness or another, aches and pains and afflictions of countless kinds. Sometimes, just the … Continue Reading All the Smells and Ills
Sunday is the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ the King. It is the last Sunday of Ordinary Time, the end of the Church’s liturgical year. (Advent starts next week!) … Continue Reading Christ the King – What is Truth?
After I had chosen, intellectually, to become a Christian, but way before I had embraced Christ in my heart, a priest told me that I was a saint maker. And … Continue Reading For the Feast of All Hallows: The Saint Maker
Imagine that we’re sitting together in a cemetery … I’ve had difficulty with the Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – just as I’ve had difficulty with … Continue Reading The Assumption and Every Body
Who is the head of your life? I want to be revolutionized. I want my failures and ineptitude, my procrastination, sloth, pride, and fear to be things of the past … Continue Reading First Friday and The Revolution
Most people who will read this are probably not Catholic – and I am very much aware that some Catholic beliefs seem strange, like superstitious nonsense. Do we really believe … Continue Reading Sitting in the Back and the Real Presence: for Corpus Christi
Pentecost, for Christians, is when we celebrate the Holy Spirit coming down upon the Apostles — it is also referred to as the birthday of the Church. Like Fr. Finnigan said … Continue Reading Come On Baby, Light My Fire
In the month of May, we honor motherhood – and the dead of war. All over the earth, mothers watch their sons go off to war every day. The baby … Continue Reading May
“Christ is risen! He is truly risen. And now you have been given eternal life.” …..What am I going to do with it?