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I love you more than my sins

September 12, 2021

An acquaintance who wasn’t particularly affiliated with any faith tradition once asked me how the Catholic Church defines love. I asked him what his...Read more

I don't know if God loves me

September 5, 2021

When I first encountered Michael, he was very well spoken and had a natural gift for asking questions which fed his natural curiosity about...Read more

They're looking at you

August 29, 2021

Ben was a very young and endearing student. His natural shyness at times mischaracterized as an introvert invited unwarranted ridicule and isolation from his...Read more

The Gentleness of Conversion

August 23, 2021

The simplest of gestures often yield the most unsuspecting results. This was the case of encounter between a very good priest friend and mentor...Read more

Does the heart speak to the heart?

August 8, 2021

There is no better way to get students excited about the faith than to discuss the doctrine of sin and confession. For some reason...Read more

Is Jesus your Savior or your Friend?

August 1, 2021

Catholicism as a viable religion is an objective reality that owes its identity in the Trinity. More specifically, it is Jesus Christ who instituted...Read more

Our responsibility is to preserve the memory of the Church

July 25, 2021

The late Cardinal Francis George once commented that we need to be precise in our education. What he meant by precision is both the...Read more

Admitting our faults is a work of grace

July 18, 2021

Can you recall the first time you lied? This was the first question I asked my class as we dove into the doctrine of...Read more

Don't be discouraged by your faults

July 11, 2021

In his Confessions, St. Augustine describes the struggle of memories and illusions that pervade on his soul from his life of fornication and debauchery....Read more

How do you make amends for your sins?

July 4, 2021

The moment I mentioned that the doctrine of sin and reconciliation were the lessons for the week, my students did not miss a beat...Read more

Be careful, the Devil enjoys a good dialogue

June 28, 2021

There was a distinct irony that always persisted with some of my students in the classroom. Instead of mastering their ability to learn they...Read more

Go ahead, teach me, I dare you!

June 21, 2021

As I scanned the classroom it was obvious that some of my student’s spiritual mindset was not on class participation. This behavioral phenomenon is...Read more

When you teach about Jesus Christ, be urgent

June 13, 2021

In the book of Deuteronomy God goes to great lengths to emphasize the importance of the “Shema” - Profession of Faith to the...Read more

A relationship with Jesus Christ is never static, it is active and passive

What happens when someone decides to believe in God?
June 7, 2021

What happens when a person decides to believe in God? How did the person in question arrive to such an important decision in his...Read more

The Coherence of Fatherhood

May 31, 2021

It was a cool and sunny fall day so I decided to take my youngest daughter to ride our bikes and play at one...Read more

I have an issue with Jesus Christ

May 24, 2021

A disdained look flashed across the face of the department chair of religion after I clarified that anyone who teaches the Catholic faith has...Read more

Christ is not a Hypothesis

May 16, 2021

The teacher was insistent that her students would not be able to understand the subject of Jesus Christ without viewing him as a friend...Read more

When does Christ become an impediment to faith?

May 10, 2021

One of the chief uses of religion is that it makes us remember our coming from darkness, the simple fact that we are...Read more

How do I know if my child is prepared?

May 3, 2021

Words carefully structured together express a meaning that produce a sentence. When multiple sentences are associated with one another then what is conveyed is...Read more

I desire the bread from Heaven

April 26, 2021

Everyone is called to enter the kingdom. [1] The significance of this statement introduces us to the intention God has for his children; the...Read more

A distorted catechetical narrative

April 19, 2021

The great doctor of the Church St. Francis De Sales placed great emphasis on the importance of reaching the hearts of souls for Christ....Read more

What happens when you teach toward heaven?

April 12, 2021

The mystery of Christ is the most principle of all religious education and instruction because it involves the introduction of the Trinity through God...Read more

Wow! Never underestimate the faith of a child

April 5, 2021

There is a particular article in the Catechism of the Catholic Church that states the desire for God is written in the human heart....Read more

Our Easter journey compels us to walk away from our sins

March 29, 2021

The great philosopher Joseph Pieper describes sin as a human doing an act of man and not a condition. It disturbs the ordering of...Read more

Does Christ matter in a marital blessing?

March 22, 2021

In his sixty-ninth sermon St. Augustine of Hippo describes the deepest desire of the human heart is to see another and be seen by...Read more

How does the body complement the soul?

March 16, 2021

A distinctive feature of the human body is the complementarity between body and soul. This visible reality should come as no surprise if one...Read more

What can we learn from the repentant thief?

March 8, 2021

The anatomy of a good question is meant to awaken both the intellect and will. Regardless of the topic, the aim of a good...Read more

If Heaven is our aim, why refute the Creed?

March 1, 2021

There is a specific chapter in the book of Deuteronomy [1] where Moses prepares, proclaims, and instructs Israel to obey God. The Shema ...Read more

The devil desires to isolate you from Christ, don't let him

February 22, 2021

The basic identity of civilization is built on an understanding of family and the community built from it. Man’s ability to know and understand...Read more

How would St. John Bosco treat the narcissistic child?

February 1, 2021

Imagine for a moment that you’re a Catholic school teacher and you suddenly realize that all of your students have a very high value...Read more

How do you provoke belief in Jesus Christ?

February 1, 2021

When someone comments that “change is in order” whether its directed to themselves, others or situations, there is an immediate “how dare you” look...Read more

Did Jesus ever use questionable language?

January 25, 2021

The use of language can serve as a very comical or destructive proposition when developing a pattern of thinking aimed to redefine a word...Read more

How does one teach with a Catholic sense?

January 19, 2021

The aim of learning involves an attraction that appeals to the senses of the person. Whether its children, adolescents or adults, a charism if...Read more

How do we liberate ourselves from evil?

January 10, 2021

John Senior in his noble work; the death of Christian Culture describes how the educated class views Christianity in the following way(warning long...Read more

The Resolution of Prudence

December 28, 2020

If there was ever an opportunity to renew your walk with Christ, the book of Sirach provides us with ample spiritual resolutions that we...Read more

Are there consequences for believing in God?

December 21, 2020

The Advent of the Incarnation is nearly upon us and as human beings created in the image and likeness of God, the birth of...Read more

Do personal devotions distract us from Christ?

December 8, 2020

A significant and often ignored gift of the Advent season is that of deliverance . What I mean by deliverance is the renunciation of...Read more

Do not let the Advent of the Incarnation pass you by

November 30, 2020

The art of communication one may argue rests on the ability to deliver and demonstrate objective truth. If we take this premise at face...Read more

Why Thanksgiving is a perfect example of the Common Good.

November 23, 2020

A natural precept attributed toward the dignity of the human person is to seek the good of another person through the act of community....Read more

A Message to my Seminarian Son; Part Two

November 16, 2020

When placed in a position to make an educated decision, whether moral or otherwise there is a common denominator involved, the act of free...Read more

Unmasking the Devil in Religious Education

November 9, 2020

Unmasking the Devil in Religious Education

The virtue of assent applied in a religious education context is a distinctive...Read more

What is the aim of teaching religion?

November 2, 2020

In his First Catechetical Instruction-De Catechizandis Rudibis St. Augustine places great emphasis on the virtue of joy as a central tenet of any sound...Read more

How does one address doctrinal confusion?

October 26, 2020

Saint John Henry Newman in his Bilietto speech describes liberalism in religion as the doctrine where there is no positive truth in religion, but...Read more

A Collaborator for Christ must have a desire for the Divine

October 19, 2020

Pope Benedict XVI once said: “that man needs an appeal addressed to his soul that can carry and sustain him. He needs a place...Read more

If you want to guide someone to Christ, then you must collaborate with Christ

October 13, 2020

In his encyclical on Evangelization-Evangelii Nuntiandi, St. Paul VI describes the purpose and content of evangelization as the means to bear witness, in a...Read more

Would Jesus deserve a performance improvement plan?

October 5, 2020

It is the understanding and teaching of the Church that everyone is called to enter the Kingdom of God. If this premise which...Read more

How do the Archangels guide us through Spiritual Combat?

September 29, 2020

The Church teaches that the existence of Angels is a truth of the faith because they are part of the created order of God....Read more

How do I renew my Universal Call to Holiness?

September 22, 2020

There is a distinct command Christ offers to both Jew and Gentile, disciple and Apostle that summarizes the entire premise of the beatitudes; be...Read more

Why Did Jesus Appear?

September 14, 2020

There is an important tenet that tends to bind a community together and that is the deliberate exercise of respect and dignity toward your...Read more

Is Christian teaching a work of mercy?

September 6, 2020

A tenet of Christian teaching is that it is a work of mercy. Why would this be? It is important to identify the need...Read more

How do I invite my Child to God?

September 1, 2020

There is a unique passage in Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians where he proclaims to his brethren that God chose them from the...Read more

Christian Dialogue and the Word of God.

What Does the New Directory for Catechesis actually say? Part One
August 18, 2020

The ability to dialogue with another human being is truly a remarkable gift because it provides an opportunity for mutual communication, investigation and understanding...Read more

Does Catechesis have a place in Evangelization?

May 13, 2020

How does one ransom one’s soul? It’s an important question anyone involved in the ministries of evangelization and catechesis should discern. The premise of...Read more

How would St. John Bosco speak to his students?

January 31, 2020

The great Catholic educator St. John Bosco was known to suffocate his students with love. This meant that he identified and affirmed his students...Read more

What St. Francis De Sales Can Teach us about Charisms

January 24, 2020

Identity I argue is a very important term within the context of leading a person to Jesus Christ. Whether the intention is to introduce...Read more

How does one develop a proper sense of Reverence?

Respecting the Dignity of the Human Person
December 4, 2019

G.K. Chesterton in his work the Everlasting Man describes the story of Christ as a journey, in the manner of a military march;...Read more

What happens when Christian dialogue ignores the Creed?

August 19, 2019

Soon to be Saint Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman once commented that “true development occurs when Christianity is able to assimilate the surrounding environment,...Read more

Why did my child leave the Catholic faith?

July 14, 2019

The idea that someone would propose to walk away from a relationship with Christ may not sound unreasonable if the premise behind the proposition...Read more

What should my child know about his Catholic Faith?

May 6, 2019

A predicament I often discover with how parents raise their child is the question about the child’s overall development. I argue most parents want...Read more

Why we should not surrender our moral integrity.

March 6, 2019

Several years ago a former student of mine was involved in a situation that brought him to question his own masculine-moral integrity. The scenario...Read more

What I taught my son about his masculine vocation

February 15, 2019

There is a genuine sense of truth, beauty and goodness when a parent witnesses the development of their own child especially their understanding and...Read more

How to Walk Your Child Toward God

January 24, 2019

“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the World.”

Jn 1:29

When a child...Read more

Faith or Culture: Is One More Important than the Other?

January 24, 2019

Culture can be a unique obstacle when associated with the process of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. More often than naught it’s the...Read more

The Seven Things I Would Tell My Son as He Enters Seminary

January 24, 2019

One of the most endearing gifts we possess as human beings is an imprint of God’s image. We hold a distinctive anthropology rooted out...Read more

What Happens When You Pray for Your Child

January 24, 2019

The art of effective communication often implies the willingness of the parties involved to genuinely respect each other’s position and recognize their dignity as...Read more

Is There Virtue in Controlling Your Tongue?

January 24, 2019

If you ever wondered what might be a good way of keeping our thoughts from becoming verbal assaults on another person, place or thing...Read more

How Does One Invoke God in a Proper Way?

January 24, 2019

What’s in a Name?

Within the annals of secular expression “God” is often evoked in a disrespectful manner e.g. “Oh my...Read more

How Do We Gauge Our Child's Spiritual Progress During Lent?

January 24, 2019

As parents one of the most unique challenges we face is attempting to measure the spiritual progress of our children. Even though gauging the...Read more

Is Holding Someone Accountable a Virtue?

January 24, 2019

One of the most challenging situations a human being can face is holding someone accountable for their actions because rarely does someone want to...Read more

I Absolve You

The Three Most Powerful Words for Healing the Soul
January 24, 2019

In the book of Proverbs Solomon urges us to trust in the Lord with all of our heart and not rely in our insight...Read more

Did Jesus Really Sin?

January 24, 2019

Did Jesus really sin? Apparently nearly 60% of all practicing Catholic within the Diocese of Camden, NJ believe so. This was the findings of...Read more

Why St. John Bosco Desires to Save Souls

January 24, 2019

Imagine someone immediately coming up to you and without hesitation tells you: I desire to save your soul. This is exactly what St. John...Read more

How Would St. John Bosco Teach the Narcissistic Child

January 24, 2019

Imagine for a moment that you’re a Catholic school teacher and you suddenly realize that all of your students have a very high value...Read more

Are You Spiritually Neglecting Your Marriage?

January 24, 2019

Our human desire for both spiritual and physical affection is two of the strongest and most potent aspects of our human existence. It involves...Read more

What Can a Catechist Learn from St. Thomas More?

January 24, 2019

One of the most significant attributes we find in the lives of the Saints is their undying devotion to God the Father regardless of...Read more

Do Not Make Sin Your Heritage?

January 24, 2019

If someone were to ask you; “how would you like to be remembered by when you pass on” it’s probably not that “he really...Read more

Are You Isolating Yourself from Your Children?

January 24, 2019

There comes a time when parents simply want some quiet time to themselves. Handling the rigors of parenthood by meeting the temporal and spiritual...Read more

Why the Catechism of the Catholic Church Matters

January 24, 2019

G.K. Chesterton once said that to be inside Christendom one has to be near enough to love it, (pg. 10-11 Everlasting Man). The same...Read more

Are You Ashamed of Telling the Truth?

January 24, 2019

When engaged in conversation it’s not out of the ordinary to assume that the discussion would be sensible and truthful. The last thing we...Read more

Why Do We Renew Our Baptismal Promises?

January 23, 2019

Our human identity is intimately linked to the sacrament of Baptism. This may come as a surprise to some but the reality of our...Read more

Does Intercessory Prayer Really Strenghten a Marriage?

January 23, 2019

Imagine if everyone around us came to the realization that praying for someone is actually quite a simple act. We would all be constant...Read more

How Does a Parent Teach With Grace?

January 23, 2019

A consistent challenge most parents face in raising children is revealing our own habitual sinful habits right in front of them. Our human condition...Read more

How can Parents Strenghten the Moral Conscience of their Child?

January 23, 2019

How does a parent strengthen the moral conscience of his own child? Much has been said over the last year about the development of...Read more

How Does a Parent Teach With Grace?

November 21, 2018

A consistent challenge most parents face in raising children is revealing our own habitual sinful habits right in front of them. Our human condition...Read more

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