Category: Catholic Life

Convert the Culture

I am sure you saw the very good news this week: Alabama has passed a law banning all abortions. This law was promoted by women and signed into law by a woman. Some people reacted angrily and have even described children in the womb… Continue Reading “Convert the Culture”

We Don’t Promise a Garden of Roses

In the 1960s and 1970s the Marine Corps used a slogan to attract new recruits: “We don’t promise you a rose garden.” The Corps promised only pain, extreme challenges, and sacrifice. The messaging attracted a certain kind of recruit: One who was only interested in… Continue Reading “We Don’t Promise a Garden of Roses”

The Eternal Shore

This is one of those great Gospel passages (John 21:1-19) that plays through our minds like a video. It is so vivid! They had spent all night working hard fishing, and caught nothing. Then on the shore a man asks if they caught anything.… Continue Reading “The Eternal Shore”

Confession–to a priest?

Sometimes people will simply ask me, “father why do I have to confess my sins to a priest? There are priests who have done bad things and we hear about this in the news. I’ve decided I can just confess to God.” So let’s… Continue Reading “Confession–to a priest?”

Frequent Confession to battle sin

On April 6, 1957 a young man was convicted of murder and sentenced to death: he had murdered a stock merchant at the Paris stock exchange by bludgeoning him to death and in his attempt to escape had shot and murdered a police man,… Continue Reading “Frequent Confession to battle sin”

Temptation

This Gospel (cf Luke 4:1-13)  is a great mystery: our Lord is like us in all things but sin. Here he is battling it out with the devil. Our Lord is weakened after 40 days in the desert, a time of preparation. The Israelites… Continue Reading “Temptation”

Don’t judge me!

I know you’re about to judge me: “should I listen to Father or should I read the bulletin?” We are constantly making judgments. Recently when I was returning the Pro Life march somebody pointed out to me that we now have a new state… Continue Reading “Don’t judge me!”