Tagged: conversion

Conversion is for Good People Too

A reflection on the Readings for March 20, 2022 — the Third Sunday of Lent (Year C) Over the last few years, I have offered adult faith-formation series based on some of the great saints of the Church. Thus far...

Conversion is for Good People Too

“Discipleship” means Conversion

Conversion is not a feel-good word. There is an interior magic in every beginning, says Hermann Hesse, but life teaches us that there is also a lot of effort. Looking back to the Church’s sometimes glorified past for answers concerning...

“Discipleship” means Conversion

The Epiphany – Traditions and Lessons of the Magi

A reflection on the Feast of the Epiphany — (Click here for audio) Epiphany is a word meaning ‘manifestation’. It is an event as important as Christmas itself. Jesus incarnate at Christmas and Jesus made manifest to the world at...

The Epiphany – Traditions and Lessons of the Magi

“A-ha” moments in the journey of faith

Have you ever had an “a-ha” moment? Six decades on this earth have taught me two lessons about “a-ha” moments. One: when they arrive, pay attention. Two: when it passes, spend some time looking back and more deeply. This week’s...

“A-ha” moments in the journey of faith

Confessions of a former Pope Francis opponent

I am a convert to the Catholic faith, having been raised in a non-denominational Christian home and subsequently drifting between various stages of belief and doubt, though always claiming to believe in Jesus even if I didn’t live for Him....

Confessions of a former Pope Francis opponent

“I’m still converting!”

Years ago, my pastor took a group of men from my parish on a pilgrimage down to Mexico City, to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Tepeyac Hill—where Our Lady appeared to St. Juan Diego in 1531—and...

“I’m still converting!”

St. Maximilian Kolbe: Imperfect Martyr

Today, August 14th, brings us the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe, one of the two “martyrs of Auschwitz” along with St. Edith Stein. Kolbe was a Polish Franciscan who was interned in the infamous death camp for publishing anti-Nazi...

St. Maximilian Kolbe: Imperfect Martyr

We must address the structural issues that plague the Church

In Pope Francis’s 2013 apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, he expressed his desire for a renewed missionary impulse throughout the entire Church. Francis called for the Church to become more mission-oriented by making “ordinary pastoral activity on every level more inclusive...

We must address the structural issues that plague the Church

Don’t let holiness intimidate you

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, July 11, 2021 — the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time In my office hangs a large framed print of one of my favorite saints, Ignatius of Loyola. He’s dressed in a red chasuble and...

Don’t let holiness intimidate you

The Insanity of Unbelief

It is when we are most beset that God makes Himself closest to us for the simple reason that we are then most like Him. The Cross shows Him at His most beset, and also yet at His most triumphing....

The Insanity of Unbelief