Catholics, Yoga, and Words

August 2, 2017

You know, words are a funny thing.  That’s important to remember when we ask questions about Catholics and Yoga. That’s because, I think, much of the problem will come down to what we mean by the word “yoga.”  I can’t speak for other languages and cultures, but American English at least has a pretty nasty track record of dragging words through a whole bunch of meanings before leaving them, muddy…

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Pentecost: Our Call to be More Than Average

June 1, 2017

In the Acts of the Apostles, the reception of the Holy Spirit transforms a band of cowardly and confused followers of Jesus, who were hiding in a room with Mary and praying, into the most radical team of evangelists the world’s ever seen.  Immediately, they go out, speak in tongues and thus are able to have a universal dialogue with those gathered in Jerusalem. And after Peter preaches to the crowds,…

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Some Wisdom from Visiting the Elderly

May 11, 2017

Last weekend, I was able to be in New Orleans for a few days to speak about the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions and my new book, but I also had a chance to visit with some family members.  My wife is from New Orleans, and her family has deep roots in the city.  Whenever we come into town we always try to visit as many people as possible,…

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March Madness and the Spiritual Life

March 23, 2017

The internet is a weird place, but sometimes it does great things.  This week, my Facebook “On this Day” has been showing me pictures and memories of last year’s Holy Week.  Mixed in with memories of our last Holy Week of Darkness, I’ve also been seeing lots of updates and stories about March Madness.  So after a couple of days of that, I got to thinking about the mix between…

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Motivation for Lent

March 2, 2017

With Lent just kicking off (hey, did we mention it’s Lent yet?), it’s always a good time to really dig deep into our spiritual life.  Sometimes we don’t have much to begin with, and it’s hard to really think that this year is going to be the year when we truly transform ourselves.  I can’t say I have all of the answers or that my Lent is always as transforming as…

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Daddy, How Did He Die?

December 15, 2016

As a father of three little girls (ages 5.5, basically 4, and 2.5), it’s not terribly often that I go to Mass on Sunday and am able to sit there, really concentrating, absorbing the liturgy, and just resting in the silence.  Much more common, for me, are trips to the back of the church so someone who swore they didn’t have to go to the bathroom can avoid an emergency just…

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St. Lucy, Patroness of the Smartphone Generation

December 13, 2016

Another Gaudete weekday, another feast day! Today we celebrate St. Lucy, virgin and martyr. This incredible young woman has many a legend surrounding her torture and death, most famously captured in images of her holding her eyeballs on a plate or in a cup. St. Lucy is said to have had her eyes gouged out, but upon her burial, they were miraculously restored making her the Patron Saint of the…

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