The Evangelist I Never Expected

July 7, 2024

As we prepared to enter the prison facility, I could easily sense the awkwardness and bewilderment of the prison staff wondering what in the...Read more

The Danger of Spiritual Mediocrity

June 10, 2024

The first time someone asked me why I made the Sign of the Cross before a meal I told him that I was...Read more

A Personal Pentecost

May 16, 2024

As he walked the earth after his resurrection for forty days, Jesus provided the gift of his presence to everyone who encountered him....Read more

The Communion Conundrum

May 6, 2024

The Easter season provides an opportunity to celebrate the life and death of Jesus Christ. His sacrifice on the Cross brought light to the...Read more

The Dilemma of Emotional Accommodation

April 29, 2024

In his second Epistle, St. Peter reminds his brethren that he and his fellow Apostles were eyewitnesses to the life of Jesus Christ. His...Read more

Walk by the Spirit, Avoid the Flesh

Our Road to Pentecost
April 22, 2024

The death of Jesus Christ on the cross revealed the greatest act of love that destroyed the works of the Devil, defeated the authority...Read more

Does God have room for me?

April 15, 2024

Some time ago a message was forwarded to my attention about a gentleman inquiring about the OCIA process. The message in itself was nothing...Read more

How should a Parent respond to Dignitatis Infinita?

April 8, 2024

It can be understood and logically defended that man and woman possess a specific inherent dignity one male, one female, created out of love...Read more

The Way of the Cross is our Path to Heaven

March 25, 2024

The Catholic Church proposes many spiritual claims that to the common man defy reason and common sense. One such tenet is that the Son...Read more

Preparing for the Beatific Vision

March 18, 2024

The attributes bestowed by God upon man are quite beautiful if you take the time to admire God’s work in every human being. There...Read more

The Importance of Preaching on Sin

March 11, 2024

In the infamous Prodigal Son discourse, St. Luke describes the moment the youngest son, already in a dire predicament after having squandered his inheritance,...Read more

Before you surrender your life to Jesus Christ you must turn away from yourself

March 4, 2024

When God chose to make man in his image and likeness, man’s response was to give honor, glory, and praise to God for this...Read more

Repentance and the Way of Perfection a path the Devil prefers you avoid.

February 26, 2024

There is a particular sequence in the third pillar of the Catechism under the tenth commandment that describes the process of how you and...Read more

Do not ignore the opportunity to Confront Your Sins during Lent

February 19, 2024

There is a beautiful doctrinal sequence proclaimed within the Catechism of the Catholic Church that describes the identity of man. It describes that man...Read more

Lent is an opportunity to develop a conscious awareness of Jesus.

February 12, 2024

Are you sure you are prepared to make those sacrifices during Lent? Giving up your favorite television show, swearing at others, eating chocolate, or...Read more

I earnestly desire that you may have a deep knowledge of God’s will

February 5, 2024

Within the drama of man’s relationship with God before and after the fall, one constant has always remained, that God desires you and I...Read more

St. John Bosco Reminds us that the Remedy for Unbelief is the Teaching of Religion

January 29, 2024

There are many significant graces one receives, I argue for choosing to serve as a teacher of religion, specifically a teacher of the Catholic...Read more

St. Francis De Sales reminds us that our path to holiness is nothing without a love for God

January 22, 2024

“I just want to get to heaven” was a statement of last resort for a friend who appeared to have had enough with people...Read more

God promised to save us through His Son and restore our Life with Him

January 15, 2024

A central claim God made after Adam and Eve's fall is that he would return. The anticipation of this claim I propose left Adam...Read more

The Moral Character of Sexual Passion

January 8, 2024

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life,...Read more

In the Spirit of Marital Innovation?

December 21, 2023

There is a particular song from the British rock band The Who, entitled: W on’t get fooled again , that describes those who...Read more

I was compelled by his smile to trust in Jesus Christ

December 4, 2023

As often as we are compelled by the temptation to sin albeit however minute the sinful temptation may be, the same can be said...Read more

Advent, an Expectancy of love, and a Separation from sin

November 27, 2023

In his second discourse to the Corinthians, St. Paul describes the transformative effect of Jesus’ death: anyone who is in Christ is a new...Read more

How does Christ the King help us regain our Spiritual Relevance?

November 20, 2023

In the second chapter of the book of Sirach, we encounter the author’s profound exhortation of our duties toward God:

My son,...Read more

Inviting a Response to Trust in God

November 13, 2023

Steve-not his real name simply stared at me for thirty minutes as he thought about my question. Fifteen minutes before this fateful encounter, Steve...Read more

The Language of the Cross as the First Importance of the Faith

November 6, 2023

The moment I saw their eyes open, a beautiful encounter occurred when my eyes became fixated on theirs. There was an immediate sense of...Read more

A New Hermeneutic of Faith?

October 30, 2023

The infamous Psalm 23 Davidic discourse I argue, provides us with a serene and loving description of the Psalmist-David and the Lord-Shepherd. From the...Read more

Accommodating the Exceptionality of Jesus Christ

October 23, 2023

The series of exceptional events we encounter in the post-Pentecost discourse from St. Peter expressed in Acts of the Apostles [1] reveals something important...Read more

The Necessity of Contemplating the Kerygma

October 16, 2023

When people gather to discuss the will of God in their lives, it is important to ask how we can become a partaker in...Read more

The Dogma of Compassion as the New Profession of Faith

October 9, 2023

In his letter to the Romans, St. Paul urgently reminds his brethren and faithful to not be conformed to this world but be transformed...Read more

An Inconvenient Creed

October 2, 2023

When Jesus spoke of the need to take up our cross and follow Him [1] , several events had already taken place as written...Read more

Please, help me find Him

September 25, 2023

It was the unlikeliest of situations for someone to discover that Jesus exists, though not in the way Tim had anticipated. He had grown...Read more

The Necessity of Contemplation and the Word of God

September 18, 2023

Anyone with a neophyte understanding of the Word of God should not be surprised that the language encountered in Sacred Scripture is self-revealing. This...Read more

But I have something to say

September 11, 2023

As my students began to slumber into their sophomore religion class, I made it a holy habit to meet at the door to welcome...Read more

I do not associate religion with God

September 4, 2023

Whether fashioned through a secular or a Judeo-Christian worldview, the human condition ultimately intersects with the concept of a divine being. The idea of...Read more

I am here to teach not evangelize

August 28, 2023

It never fails to encounter the dynamics of a group of educators gathered for their annual professional in-service. The premise behind such an event...Read more

Should I deviate from teaching the Catholic faith?

August 21, 2023

As we moved into the question-and-answer portion of my in-service to the staff of the Catholic school, one of the teachers asked how she...Read more

Can I Be a Good Person Apart from God

August 7, 2023

It makes sense for a person of no visible Christian faith or understanding of Christianity to identify himself as a good person with no...Read more

Are You a Joyful Sinner?

July 31, 2023

He was pretty content with his life that he never gave it a second thought that his actions would have consequences for himself and...Read more

Is Natural Family Planning a contradiction to Marital love?

July 24, 2023

The idea that a marriage between a man and a woman requires a willingness to sacrifice for one another and expect nothing in return...Read more

Can the Rule of Faith and the Gospel Coexist?

July 17, 2023

There is a temptation, I argue, among contemporary evangelists and theologians alike to dispel the need to introduce the Rule of Faith or...Read more

Should we be ashamed of the Gospel?

July 10, 2023

There is a beautiful concept about the origin of life that the Catholic Church proposes and teaches; we were created out of love. The...Read more

Developing an Awareness of God

June 26, 2023

In the Book of Hebrews, we are reminded that the way to Spiritual Growth requires the delivery of spiritual milk first and then...Read more

The Risk of Truth

June 19, 2023

Within the volumes of communication that occur back and forth between parent and child, there is a phrase that is sure to come up...Read more

What do you want of me Lord?

May 29, 2023

Whether you consider yourself a child of God or not, we all possess a common characteristic often overlooked; we are neophytes to the world...Read more

The significance of Pentecost is that it compels us to preach the Gospel

May 22, 2023

When a surprise emits joy and excitement, we naturally desire to prolong these emotions for as long as possible. It is even more so...Read more

I would rather love Jesus than my neighbor

May 15, 2023

One of God’s most profound gifts is the ability to communicate. There is a sense of truth and beauty when two people can share...Read more

I Do Not Understand

How To Teach Through the Heart
May 8, 2023

The young man was perplexed upon hearing that God loves him but also allowed him to sin of his own free will. The statement...Read more

The Path Toward a Christian Encounter

The Family as the path toward a Christian Encounter
May 2, 2023

Civility is fundamental in developing human relationships, especially within a communal family structure. From the onset, exercising a visible and genuine respect for the...Read more

The Dilemma of Dismissing Jesus

April 24, 2023

Within the first stanza of the “Our Father,” we encounter a series of directives that I argue tend to be dismissed just like the...Read more

The Road to Pentecost

April 17, 2023

The notion that someone would view the death of a human being as liberating may sound strange, but depending on the context of how...Read more

Fatherhood, the Accommodation of Sin, and Holy Week

April 3, 2023

A student once asked me, “what makes a good question?” After a brief pause, I replied that a good question respects the dignity of...Read more

Without the virtue of charity, holiness is nothing more than a moral charade

March 13, 2023

Our ability to communicate with others often involves an interaction of the mind, heart, and body. All three modes of communication are essential when...Read more

What is Satan's desire for man

February 27, 2023

As a restless Spirit who denied the Love of God because he chose to be like God, the Devil never tires of seeking to...Read more

Lent is an opportunity to address our sins and progress away from them.

February 20, 2023

St. John Marie Vianney once said: “those who say: ‘I have committed too many sins, the Good Lord cannot forgive me’ is a...Read more

The Spiritual Anatomy of a Marriage Proposal

February 13, 2023

A visible concern resonated from the young lady’s face as she began to express her desire for marriage. Her fiancé equally expressed concern as...Read more

What does the Lord require of us?

February 6, 2023

There is an interesting yet profound requirement the people of Israel are told to follow written in the book of Deuteronomy. The last book...Read more

St. John Bosco reminds us that the soul must be both nurtured and nourished toward a relationship with Jesus Christ

January 30, 2023

The evangelist St. John the Baptist introduces us to the drama that affects every human being when he reminds both Jews and Gentiles to...Read more

St. Francis De Sales reminds us that the Heart Speaks to the Heart. But how?

January 23, 2023

A consistent question I have been asked over the course of my ministry is how important is the use of one’s personal experience in...Read more

Is he ready to receive Jesus?

January 16, 2023

The mother came into my office a bit disheveled; her eyes immediately fixated on me, hoping for a positive answer. She got to the...Read more

Pope Benedict XVI taught us to lovingly seek an encounter with Jesus Christ

How to be taken over by the love of Jesus Christ
January 4, 2023

As we continue to celebrate the life of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger-Pope Benedict XVI as expressed through the gift of the Papal funeral rite that...Read more

We are called to be addicted to God

December 19, 2022

As the young man gazed around the classroom, you could sense his fear and confusion, questioning why he was in this class. Any teacher...Read more

Are you Catholic, yes, but in a different way?

December 12, 2022

In one of his most important works, A Grammar of Assent , St. John Henry Newman describes the development of thought in one true...Read more

Are we ready to welcome Him?

December 5, 2022

When the first proposition to reject God’s love -original sin was introduced to our first parents, the appeal of this proposition was its focus...Read more

Thy Will be done, but why?

November 28, 2022

There is a solemn anticipation, a stillness of the day and night where all humanity if they so choose, await the coming of a...Read more

What happens when Jesus is no longer relevant in the Church?

November 14, 2022

George Orwell once said that the “greatest enemy of clear language is insincerity.” This statement's significance is vital if a Catholic educator's responsibility is...Read more

How to walk your child toward Jesus' mercy

The Journey to the Sacrament of Confession
November 7, 2022

At one time or another, many of us, I argue, can relate to the sinful woman who seeks forgiveness from Jesus for her sins....Read more

The Joy of Heaven Awaits

The Gift of our Christian Burial
October 24, 2022

There was a long pause as the Pastor entered the funeral home to prepare the family and those who had gathered to pray the...Read more

True accompaniment to Jesus Christ involves a conversion of the mind.

October 10, 2022

One must be careful to describe the act of accompaniment as a formula to develop a belief in Jesus Christ. Several weeks ago, I...Read more

True accompaniment to Jesus Christ involves a conversion of the heart

September 26, 2022

The recitation of the P rodigal Son [1] brought the man to tears. No one understood the deep spiritual wounds he was...Read more

Accompaniment through the Body

The Evangelization Schema Part One
September 19, 2022

The gentleman was tired and somewhat discouraged at the thought of attending the presentation. He was upfront with me that he had no intention...Read more

How to accompany someone toward Jesus Christ.

September 12, 2022

The ability to listen is a pivotal attribute of the human being because it is associated with a willful intent to act on what...Read more

Parents as Spiritual Directors-The Development of Trust

September 5, 2022

Children require a sense of protection, acceptance, and the reassurance that the child is loved by his parents or legal guardian. The virtue of...Read more

The role of parents as spiritual directors

August 22, 2022

Parents were quite dismayed and perturbed that they would now be required to serve as the primary religious educator of their children. As too...Read more

There is a risk in accepting Jesus Christ in your life, are you willing to take it?

August 15, 2022

Entering a Catholic Church for the very first time, Michael did not know what to expect. There was a visible fear across his face...Read more

Simply unveiling God’s love will not do, we must respond and demonstrate it.

August 9, 2022

Unveiling the dramatic revelation of God’s love for His children I argue is the first point of religious contact a catechist should unleash to...Read more

Was God foolish in offering Christ to man?

August 1, 2022

The novelty of the Catholic Church as viewed or understood by a person with no explicit or implicit faith would argue that Christianity represents...Read more

The task of a disciple is to be Spiritually Vigilant; Jesus demands it.

July 25, 2022

My Catholic high school accounting professor once shared a story about a homeless man he would often pass by on his way home from...Read more

When you choose to murmur against Christ or others, you do so at the risk of losing a soul.

July 18, 2022

It is not often that we encounter a prophet of God completely lose his senses when it comes to proclaiming God’s message to His...Read more

Why are they angry?

June 26, 2022

There is a scene in book four of Screwtape Letters where Screwtape is quite insistent that Wormwood keep the patient from developing a prayer...Read more

Remember to love your wife more than your demons

June 12, 2022

The young man was insistent that he understood what was required of marriage. As he and his fiancé half-heatedly prepared themselves for the pre-cana...Read more

Do not underestimate a person’s need for Spiritual Healing when proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ

May 16, 2022

The sincerity of his eyes offered a striking glimpse into the pain he had endured as a child. Left with spiritual scars and wounds...Read more

A First Holy Communion Proclamation

May 3, 2022

Every year we encounter an unfortunate sacramental rite of passage. I dare say unfortunate because this is how many parents view or worse understand...Read more

Let us not forget, no one is beyond the mercy of Jesus Christ

April 21, 2022

When Jesus Christ, the Son of God resurrects from his scourged, crucified body and reveals Himself in a glorified resurrected state, we encounter a...Read more

Does the Catechism reveal God's love for his children?

April 5, 2022

There is an interesting paragraph located at the very beginning of the Catechism of the Catholic Church , that describes its origin, purpose, and...Read more

The Logic of Evil and Sin

March 28, 2022

In his masterpiece The Lord , Romano Guardini describes that the logic of evil relies on sin to produce blindness, which leads to fresh...Read more

Remember, the devil wants you to lose your moral integrity

March 13, 2022

Custody of your desires is a phrase not often heard when speaking on the value of moral integrity. In the book of Sirach, we...Read more

Lent is an opportunity to fall in love with Jesus Christ

February 28, 2022

In his exhortation to the people of Corinth, St. Paul explains how one is to live a life centered on Jesus Christ who was...Read more

The devil offers no one mercy, Jesus remedies this through the sacrament of penance

February 14, 2022

Many of us at one time face what I call Our Prodigal Opportunity . What I mean here is that there will come a...Read more

If you want to teach the faith: follow the model of the Annunciation

February 7, 2022

The progression of sound religious instruction begins with a focus on the nourishment of the student’s soul and culminates with the final end toward...Read more

St. John Bosco reminds us: Teaching children is a labor of love

January 30, 2022

Intention is an important attribute in teaching because it proposes a deliberate act of the will to do or act on something or someone....Read more

Remember the heart speaks to the heart

January 23, 2022

Frustrated that her students would not respond to her, she naturally wondered what was wrong. She modeled her teaching techniques after some of the...Read more

Every human life deserves to hear the Gospel and be configured to Jesus Christ

January 17, 2022

In his marital masterpiece, Love and Responsibility , St. John Paul II describes the love between persons as a mutual relationship, a particular form...Read more

The Gift of Silence

January 9, 2022

There is a distinctive drama that perpetually exists between God and man. The nature of this drama involves whether man in good faith engages...Read more

Starting Over

January 3, 2022

In his masterpiece, The Introduction to the Devout Life , St. Francis describes God’s intention for creating His children in the following way:...Read more

How does one discern a genuine Christian experience?

December 20, 2021

The moment he witnessed the birth of his son, he knew right there and then his life had changed. The journey with his bride...Read more

If you desire a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, then know why He died and suffered for you.

December 14, 2021

Sometime ago, I was invited to give a presentation on the importance of developing an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. The irony of this...Read more

Remember, His mercy is greater than your sins

December 6, 2021

There is a long-standing sacramental fallacy amongst Catholics that if you ask God to forgive your sins, he will. This is not to say...Read more


An opportunity to walk with God
November 21, 2021

There is a genuine sense of awe and wonder when you witness your own child take their first unassisted steps and usher in a...Read more

Remember, do not ignore the dignity of your neighbor

November 8, 2021

The last chapter of the letter to the Hebrews introduces a unique command; do not stop loving your brother (13:1). If one were to...Read more

The Incarnational Element of Evangelization

November 1, 2021

John was a somewhat disgruntled young man in his late twenties who really didn’t care to hear about religion under any circumstance. He was...Read more

How do I know it's God's voice?

October 27, 2021

There is a seductive voice that lurks amongst us as a result of the sin of our first parents. When faced with a choice,...Read more

How is our Christian life driven by Dogma?

October 18, 2021

The way man relates with God can first be identified by the image and likeness God gave man, and second, by how man freely...Read more

Jesus was not a pacifist

October 10, 2021

The gentleman in the audience gave me an incredulous look as if he had just heard blasphemy. What drew his ire was the explanation...Read more

What does God do when I sin?

September 27, 2021

Awareness of your sins I argue is perhaps one of the most valuable charisms a person can possess. The ability to renounce sinful behavior...Read more

Remember, you made a vow to guard her soul

September 21, 2021

Many years ago, a high school youth group had asked my wife to talk about her experiences on relationships, dating, what the Church taught...Read more

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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