"It's--it's a magic wardrobe. There's a wood inside it, and it's snowing, and there's a Faun and a witch and it's called Narnia; come and see." --Lucy, from 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe' by C.S. Lewis The Wardrobe to Narnia Since my childhood, I always loved Lewis' stories about the adventures in … Continue reading From Narnia to Middle Earth: An Unexpected Journey into the Catholic Church
We have all heard the sad reports. Catholics in the U.S. are on a great exodus. Not from slavery in Egypt or from the bondage of sin. No, Catholics are leaving the practice of the faith in alarming numbers. Today, less than 20% of persons who were baptized a Catholic attend Mass on a weekly … Continue reading A Return to Wonder: How “Wow!” Leads to Reditus.
“Christ changed every human being he ever met. In fact, He changed history, splitting it open like a coconut and inserting eternity into the split between B.C. and A.D. If anyone claims to have met Him without being changed, he has not met Him at all. When you touch Him, you touch lightning.”“Those who meet … Continue reading The Chosen: A Shockingly Different take on Jesus and the Gospels!
Psalms 6:2-3 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am languishing; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is sorely troubled. But you, O LORD -how long? Has the virus and lockdowns got you sad and angry? You are in good faith company. One of the experiences from the … Continue reading Learning to Lament
Many people have been reacting to the debate that recently occurred in the Oval Office between our nation’s political leaders. What also got a lot of attention was the quiet presence of Vice President Mike Pence during this heated discussion. A lot of humorous comments were made on social media and on the late night … Continue reading Advent: Jesus is in the room.
Walking. Praying. Beholding. Thousands of words could be written that would give a detailed account of the week-long pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day. Instead, I want to offer some brief vignettes under the thematic words I have provided above. My reflections will relate to how I experienced World Youth Day from the … Continue reading A Seminarian’s World Youth Day Pilgrimage