April 30, 2019

We are souls enslaved by fear. Thick iron clad walls stand between us and what we can be and do in this life on our path to God. But we are governed by fear. We are governed by what we have ruled impossible for us to do. We live lives of softness and comfort. Lives tha...

April 24, 2019

Photo Credit: Steve McCurry, "The Afghan Girl", National Geographic, June 1985

The duty of raising children falls to many of us during our lives. I am currently blessed with that responsibility; it is quite the adventure. Of all the things I notice about my children, I...

April 19, 2019

Dedicated to Alice McMahon

“I love being Catholic.” These four words were repeated many times by a dying woman I knew well, who passed this Holy Thursday. She knew that it was only a matter of time that she would meet her Creator. She knew that soon pain would cease and...

April 16, 2019

Smoke rises in front of the altar cross inside the Notre Dame cathedral. Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images

I am writing this article in the midst of unexpected chaos happening in Paris. One of the greatest monuments of Catholicism, Notre Dame de Paris, has caught fire....

April 12, 2019

There you are. Sitting in a chair in your room not sure what to do next. Or maybe you’re sitting among a group of friends - witty remarks are being thrown around, people are laughing, yelling, music is blaring - life is happening. In that moment in time, you are there....

April 6, 2019

A little over a year ago, in the aftermath of the violent protests in Charlottesville, America struggled with an enormously important question: “How do we deal with the ghosts of our past?”

The white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville to protest the removal of...

March 29, 2019

God is always speaking to us. Whether it be through friends or through circumstances or through the liturgy of His Church, He speaks to us and tell us exactly what we need to hear and what He wants us to hear. This is why I have always been so impressed by the season o...

March 26, 2019

When people ask me about my lifting, their question is typically “How long have you been doing this?” or “Why do you lift?”. My answer is simple. “I started lifting because (like most Americans) I was overweight and things just progressed to get me where I am now.”

But...

March 22, 2019

On November 30, former president and war hero George H.W. Bush passed away after a long life in service of his country. He had in the words of Time Magazine “almost every tool a great president needs”.

He had fire, drive, ambition and an insatiable appetite for excellen...

March 18, 2019

When the Civil War broke out in 1861, thousands of Irish immigrants volunteered to fight for the North and South. Close to 140,000 Irish joined the Union Army, the vast majority of them a part of the 63th, 69th, and 88th New York, the 116th Pennsylvania, and the 28th M...

March 13, 2019

I was a believer in Jordan Peterson. I've read his 12 Rules For Life and I've listened to almost all of his lectures and debates online as many others have done. But as a Catholic and a Christian I have always had my reservations about the esteemed professor. Something...

March 5, 2019

It happened again; the year that seemed new a short while ago is no longer new! It's hard to believe that one-sixth of a brand new year is already over. Only two months ago we were still celebrating the New Year and laying out our new set of resolutions.

Ouch...right......

March 1, 2019

When everything was darkness and nothing was yet made, there was a black ocean and changeable sea. In this ocean of tumultuous mutation and undefined masses there were two great serpents, Apsu and Tiamat. The sleek and powerful Apsu was father and monster. His mate was...

February 20, 2019

“Receive. Recognize. Respond.”

Being Catholic in the modern world is certainly a challenge. We are reminded on a regular basis, whether in sermons or by what we see in the checkout line at the grocery store, that we are in a battle against the corruption being peddled a...

February 15, 2019

The wedding is happening. Wine is being drunk; food being eaten. The guests are having the time of their lives and the wedding couple are in a state of near perfect joy. Somewhere near the center of the room, a woman sits quietly watching the night unfold. She observes...

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