Category Archives: Beauty

Something to Consider

I wonder if there was ever a Saint in the history of the world who was able to attend daily Mass and simply chose not to. Not a guilt trip, just an invitation to reconsider your priorities. If the purpose … Continue reading

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How to Pray: Start Shallow

There’s one piece of advice that I probably give more than any other. In fact, I usually give it as homework when I speak to a group: Spend fifteen minutes in silence with the Lord every day. No music, no … Continue reading

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Feels Like Home

There’s something about the word “home” that’s always sparked a feeling of longing in me. Simon and Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” was my favorite song for much of high school,1 promising a place all my own where someone was waiting for … Continue reading

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Hope for the Church

One question I often hear as I travel about the country is generally posed by a member of the older crowd, often prefaced by disparaging remarks about my generation. “Do you see any hope for the Church?” they ask disconsolately. … Continue reading

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The Consolation of Purgatory

Today would have been my father‘s 56th birthday, but he died suddenly in November so it’s not. And maybe I’m heartless and self-obsessed, but I’m mostly okay. Oh, when total strangers push for gruesome details of his death1 I sometimes … Continue reading

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Like a Woman in Love

This weekend, I had the honor of singing at the wedding of a former student and his lovely bride. It was a profoundly moving ceremony and the most beautiful wedding reception I’ve ever been to, but what made the day … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all physical mothers (biological and adoptive), spiritual mothers, birth mothers, foster mothers, stepmothers, and godmothers out there. Happy Mother’s Day to fathers who have to take the place of mothers, to grandmothers and aunts and neighbors … Continue reading

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The Pope Who Brought Me Home

I became Catholic quite against my will. Well, to be fair, when I actually became Catholic I was 3 months old and had very little will to speak of. But when I came to believe–when I left my adolescent atheism … Continue reading

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Stations of the Cross

The First Station: Jesus is condemned to death. Pontius Pilate wasn’t a bad guy. He tried to let Jesus off, he really did. He tried to pacify the crowd by just beating an innocent man bloody. But they were so … Continue reading

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Reading the Bible through in a Year!

Aside from daily Mass and a commitment to silent prayer, the most important spiritual practice I’ve adopted as a Christian has been spending time in Scripture every day. Even having read the Bible 12 times, I still have to read … Continue reading

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