From Narnia to Middle Earth: An Unexpected Journey into the Catholic Church

"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

Advent: Jesus is in the room.

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.

A Seminarian’s World Youth Day Pilgrimage

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

Top 7 Non-Biblical Beliefs of ‘Bible-Believing’ Christians

One of the common questions that begin a challenge to Catholic teaching by non-Catholic Christians is: "Where in the Bible...?"  The question is usually asked in good faith with a genuine interest in wanting to know how Catholics justify their beliefs. But, this phrase makes two presumptions made by the one inquiring that I want … Continue reading Top 7 Non-Biblical Beliefs of ‘Bible-Believing’ Christians

The Songs God Sings Over Us

"The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing     as on a day of festival." Zephaniah 3:17 (RSVCE) Have you ever imagined God singing?  Let's make things a little … Continue reading The Songs God Sings Over Us

Catholicism: The Faith Symphonic

Symphony (n):  sounding together. But for a long while they sang only each alone, or but few together, while the rest hearkened; for each comprehended only that part of the mind of Ilúvatar from which he came, and in the understanding of their brethren they grew but slowly. Yet ever as they listened they came … Continue reading Catholicism: The Faith Symphonic

When The (Impersonal) Force Awakens…

In the previous post we explored why post-Christian cultures have been drawn to the Star Wars myth concerning the religion of The Force.  You can read the first part by clicking here:  Part 1 Now in this final part I wanted to reflect on the most recent Star Wars movie that was released in theaters … Continue reading When The (Impersonal) Force Awakens…

Star Wars, The Force, and the God You’re Looking For

First, I have an open confession.  I have loved Star Wars since I was a child and watched George Lucas' original trilogy of films at home on VHS.  This was before they were "enhanced" and 'special' editioned.  I was so excited when the original trilogy was re-released in theaters in 1997, which was twenty years … Continue reading Star Wars, The Force, and the God You’re Looking For