Where We Come From

June 28, 2017

Not too long ago, I came  across a cool map of American Migration based on Ancestry.com’s genealogical data.  It started me thinking about how many people I know or have heard about who have decided to delve into their ancestry.  Indeed, others have noted that there is a growing number of people who are interested in their genetic history and discovering their roots.  Something about being able to point to a…

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Fake News + Real Presence

June 19, 2017

Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore  Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,  See, Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart  Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art. Seeing, touching, tasting are in thee deceived;  How says trusty hearing? that shall be believed;  What God’s Son has told me, take for truth I do;  Truth himself speaks truly or there’s nothing…

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Stirring Things Up, Part Deux

June 5, 2017

Pentecost was always a feast day that made a lot of sense to me. Growing up in southern Louisiana it would not be surprising at all to see 12 guys and their mama stumbling out of an attic appearing a little drunk even though it’s only 9 in the morning. After spending this week reflecting on Steven, I mean–the Holy Spirit (see Stirring Things Up, Part I), I stumbled upon…

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Stirring Things Up

May 28, 2017

Okay, I have a confession… I’m already behind on my Holy Spirit Novena… you know, the O.G. Novena… the reason we pray novenas… the novena that calls to mind those original 9 days that Our Lady sat with her son’s bffs as they waited for the arrival of the Holy Spirit… yeah, that one. Already behind. It’s Day 3. My Sunday was a day like no other in my life… I…

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When Shepherds Fight

May 10, 2017

“What do I do when two priests disagree with each other about something?” “How do I know which one is right?”  I’ve been asked this before, and it is a distressing question.  Not that all priests should always agree on every detail, but people usually only ask this question out loud when it concerns some significant teaching on morality, liturgy, or doctrine.  Of course, I hope the irony of the…

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Sherlock Holmes’ Proof for the Existence of God

February 10, 2017

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most widely renowned and beloved characters in the Western canon, but I am willing to bet that only a handful of people are familiar with his proof for the existence of God right smack in the middle of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story, The Naval Treaty.  Dr. Watson writes: “Thank you. I have no doubt I can get details from Forbes. The authorities are excellent…

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Let’s all take the Incarnation seriously

December 2, 2016

As Christians there are certain truths which we simply cannot cease to continually reflect upon and take seriously for fear of losing the very essence of our faith. Now, I am not so bold as to claim what the central truth of the Catholic faith is, but I will be audacious enough to assert the preeminence of the Incarnation — God’s inserting himself into the world. It is the “mystery…

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What is “the World”?

November 26, 2016

+ + + + + + + What is the world? This in my opinion seems to be the question that tends to go unmentioned in many Christian circles when speaking about evangelization, Catholic lay spirituality, and normative Christian life. Just as Thomas Merton bespoke the integral truth of man as a social being — “No man is an island” — so too we must not forget that Christian discipleship…

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Thomas Aquinas and Presidential Debates

October 17, 2016

In light of the upcoming debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, I thought it might be interesting to see how the Angelic Doctor might offer some helpful guidance to the process.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with St. Thomas Aquinas’ works, they’re written in a sort of unusual style.  In his most famous work, the Summa Theologiae, Aquinas structures his task as a series of…

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