Soul-Sucking Jobs and the Rule of Life

September 22, 2016

“I don’t know what my work schedule will be like next week.” It makes me a little sad to hear this. At first, I didn’t think much about it, but as I encounter more people who sincerely desire to grow in their spiritual life but are feeling stuck, I am starting to evaluate it a bit more. And before I say much more, allow me to state plainly that I…


Don’t Call My Ordination a Ceremony!

September 14, 2016

“Oh, when’s your ceremony again?” I heard this question more times than I could count in the weeks, months, and even years leading up to my Ordination as a Deacon and then as a Priest. I usually didn’t make a fuss about it, but this really kind of drove me crazy. I get it; people use the word “ceremony” because it seems close enough to describe what’s going on. After…


Do You Even Fast, Bro?

September 7, 2016

“Do you fast?” This is a question I sometimes ask of penitents. The answer is usually, though not always, some variation of “not really.” I usually follow that with another question: “Would you be willing to fast for your penance?” I must admit, I am pleased that the answer is generally “Yes, Father” and that it is often said with some level of enthusiasm. Perhaps I am imagining it, but…


Apology, Blogging, and Catholic Fame

August 31, 2016

Well, here it is. My first contribution to The Catholic Outpost. A big thanks to Jordan and Luke for bringing me on-board. Just before I wrote this, I came across Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s “Why Blogs Will Die.”As someone who is just now making a foray into regular online writing (though I’ve dabbled in the past), this is a sobering thing to consider. As if a little dash of futility didn’t…