Browsing News Entries

What Makes a “Holiday”? A Theory of Festivity

What does it mean to celebrate?

Beheading Statues

When we insist on self-will, the result is unfreedom.

Discerning Advent – Preparation

People had to discern John the Baptist’s message. Was he the messiah? What were the signs they saw? Discernment includes many signs, consolation and desolation, and movements from the spirits that prepare the way to a choice.

Rejoice Always!

Like most of the prophets, Zephaniah trades in a fair amount of doom and gloom—but he also dreams of the great day of victory and vindication. The Apostle Paul—the former rabbi Shaul, who had studied the prophets and their works under the great teacher Gamaliel—came to see that in the Paschal Mystery, in the dying and rising of Jesus, the totality of Zephaniah’s message was realized. The destruction that Zephaniah and the others foresaw came massively true in the destruction of Christ’s body on the cross. However, having gone all the way down, God in Christ brought the human race all the way up. Therefore, rejoice!

St. John of the Cross’ Advice on Conquering Self-Love

The “dark night” dismantles the machinery of self-absorption.

Why Would Christians Want the World to Love Them?

The world not being “nice” to us is precisely the gig we signed on for.

The Holy Ache of Advent

Advent is a time to embrace an inner longing that in our wisest moments we know nothing this side of eternity can fulfill.

Bishop Barron on Our Lady of Guadalupe

Bishop Barron reflects on Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Star of the New Evangelization, whose feast we celebrate today.

Tolkien, Chesterton, and the Adventure of Mission

The writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and G.K. Chesterton are often read as nostalgic celebrations of a quiet domesticity that existed before the rise of modernity and capitalism. However, I’m convinced that to see things this way is almost entirely to miss the point. For the ultimate purpose of their work is not to celebrate domesticity but rather to challenge it.

The Future of the Church?

The Church is a family, and a family cannot ignore what runs within its veins.