It has to be one of the most commonly asked questions since my engagement. After all, all dating and engaged couples live together nowadays, right? After explaining that I will not move in with my fiancé until we are married, I am often met with an appraising look, as if the person is trying to … Continue reading Wait… You’re Not Living Together?
Offering More Comfort: Reflections on Suicide
There is one pair of green, Hondo boots featured in my website’s header that are no longer with us, but will be kept there for a long time in honor of the wearer. It’s been a couple weeks since Wacey took his own life, and many of his friends and family are still reeling from … Continue reading Offering More Comfort: Reflections on Suicide
Catholicism: The Religion of “Stuff”
I’ll never forget the passage that I read in college which made me entirely rethink the religion I had grown up with. Turns out, I didn’t know much about my faith at all. Like many, I was under the impression that anything I could enjoy was inherently wrong. Drinking was bad, sex was bad, feasting, … Continue reading Catholicism: The Religion of “Stuff”
Food: The First Sin, The Final Hope
But in His true fashion, Our Father had written that this sin, the desire to eat, would be reciprocated in the most precious of the sacraments. While the food eaten in Genesis was poison for the soul, the food eaten in the Gospels is the antidote.
Resolutions that Are (Actually) Good for Your Soul
Clearly, the things that society values–followers, money, and position–don’t bring true joy. But the renewal of society begins in the home and within ourselves. It is my hope that these will help you find true joy and true faith in this world that has lost hope, lost happiness, and lost sight of Heaven.
From a Cattle Stall
The devil hates that Our Lord was once small. Jesus Christ was incarnate in a virgin’s womb, and thus began the one and great salvation story of mankind. Our Lord was once a baby–what’s more, a baby that wasn’t even destined to be born in a proper bed, but languished in the manger with cows gazing at him in their feed trough. How could Satan possibly understand this, with his bloated pride and hatred for all things small and good?
Advent Challenge: Delete Social Media and Be Present for Christmas
"Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy." – Pope St. Paul VI It’s been about three months since deleting social media on my phone, and I am never going back. I used to make all sorts of excuses about why I couldn’t delete Facebook … Continue reading Advent Challenge: Delete Social Media and Be Present for Christmas
To Kneel Before My Fathers
“They aren’t there anymore,” is so often muttered of the dead. Perhaps not, but it would be quite wrong to think that they are unaware of our visit. To sit next to their physical remains and recall the mystery of their humanity—the divine entanglement of body and soul—is to recognize the purpose of our existence. Our Lord, too, died and was buried.
Sister Nature: Reflections on Earth Day
“Unfortunately, if you regard Nature as a mother, you discover that she is a step-mother. The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister. We can be proud of her beauty, since we have the same father; but she has no authority over us; we have to … Continue reading Sister Nature: Reflections on Earth Day
How to Stay Catholic on the Road: Advice from a Perpetual Traveler
Though I have my roots, I am on the move for the better part of 250 days per year, but the one constant in my life is the immovable and unchanging Catholic Church. The most beautiful part of my Catholic faith is that it is universal, ancient, and it is where I can call home no matter where I am on earth. Of course, “the world is my ship and not my home,” but the Church is the best navigator for the next life.