The Benedict Option: Benefits and Dangers

I’ve found that the phrase “the Benedict Option” stirs hearts and minds, some in favor and some vehemently opposed. And some have wildly different perceptions of what exactly the Benedict Option refers to: for some, it means living on a farm as far removed from civilization as possible, while for others it’s a lot less … Continued

The Scholastica Option: Women Who Make it Rain

I know that I am late to the party and that there are many articles invoking another saint to balance, “the Benedict Option,” the popular and read-worthy book by Rod Dreher, but what about St. Scholastica?  I think she is a particularly obvious and essential figure missing from the conversation. Out of love, Scholastica, the … Continued

Hospitality Challenges Us to Put Our Faith into Action

Speaking about hospitality in a homily on June 2, 2000, Pope St. John Paul II shared the following message: “Like the disciples of Emmaus, believers, supported by the living presence of the risen Christ, become in turn the traveling companions of their brothers and sisters in trouble, offering them the word that rekindles hospitality in … Continued

If There’s Clericalism, It Has an Ancient Root: Gnosticism

Prior to the allegations of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Pope Francis’ response to the most recent sex abuse scandal was to name clericalism in the Church as the major culprit in creating an environment for abuse to thrive.  (For those who are not aware, clericalism is an umbrella term that denotes a belief in the … Continued

Our Calling as Catholic Americans

A reader from Facebook asked a question in response to my last article on the difference between the liberal and Christian view of freedom. He writes: “OK, I’ll buy that. But where they going, they even know? Or just fumbling in dark, like a blind man?” I am reminded of the Epic of Gilgamesh. Considered … Continued

Great Ideas for Ministry and Spiritual Improvement

Here is our weekly roundup of new videos, podcasts, and articles. This week we focus on how we can continue to improve in our ministry and our own relationship with God even in the most minute and boring moments. If you haven’t already, please sign up for our email on our media’s main page to … Continued

7 Reasons Fathers Should Practice Their Faith in Front of Their Kids

This article was originally written in 2019, but has been recycled for it’s relevance. Happy Father’s Day! I wear a lot of different hats when it comes to the daily or weekly grind, but none of those roles is more fulfilling than being a father to my three sons. At the same time, there is … Continued

Cultivating a Catholic School at Home: Pray, Serve, Gather

In just a few weeks summer will come to an end, without the usual respite of Labor Day plans, back to school shopping, and the shift into fall.  In the 2019-2020 school year, families across the world were thrust into an unprecedented modern-age crisis with the closures of schools and churches. Governance over how to … Continued

Confession 201: How to Confess Like an Adult

For most of us, instruction in going to confession took place in the second grade, right before First Holy Communion. We were taught how to confess like children and most of us have never received any further instruction. So we still think in terms of “I disobeyed Mommy, I pulled the dog’s tail, and I … Continued

To Have Jesus, Let Go of Everything Else

If you want Jesus, he requires nothing less than letting go of everything. This “Christian detachment”, as Fr. Mark-Mary calls it, has a unique quality that secular forms of detachment do not have. Outside of a Christian approach, detachment becomes nothing but an austere way to shun the world and society. But Christ invites us … Continued

The One True Church: Part 2

One of my favorite quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church comes from the mouth of St. Joan of Arc. The Catechism observes: “Christ and his Church thus together make up the ‘whole Christ’ (Christus totus). The Church is one with Christ. The saints are acutely aware of this unity:… A reply of St. … Continued

Community in the Time of Corona

Small groups have come back into vogue for Catholics over the past decade, but they’ve met a powerful foe in COVID-19. Many states and cities are under stay-at-home orders, and the rest are banned from meetings of more than ten people. Even in the latter case, it’s best to have close physical interactions with many … Continued