Seminary: The Inside Scoop (Three Things You Should Know)

A lot of the time when a young man is trying to work out his vocational discernment with fear and trembling, the greatest obstacle in his way is accurate information about what his life in any of the hypothetical vocation choices would actually look like. Drawn from my experience in seminary, I’d like to help … Read more…

The 3 Most Important Things to Remember When Thinking About the Synod

In case you’ve somehow managed to avoid hearing about it, there happens to be a synod of bishops in Rome right now discussing “the vocation and mission of the family in the contemporary world.” Pope Francis has called this gathering because he wants the help of his fellow bishops to make a statement to the … Read more…

On Handwashing, Marketplaces, and The Fear of Evil.

Just a brief note to convey a thought I had about today’s Gospel reading from Mark, Chapter 7: “When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands. —For the Pharisees and, in fact, all … Read more…

Is Making Out Okay?

The Church has a lot to say about sex. Pope Paul VI, St. John Paul II, and Fulton Sheen have all spoken out on this issue. But what about making out? Almost everyone would agree that kissing your significant other before marriage is fine, but when it comes to making out, things begin to get a little … Read more…

“God Loves You!” …So what difference does it make?

“God Loves You!” We see it displayed on billboards and on the glowing marquees of churches seeking 24/7 attention. We hear it said in sermons, homilies, and in talks by those with respectable reputations in all matters spiritual. Truly, this simple phrase seems to be thought of as useful for incapsulating the very essence of … Read more…