• Amoris Laetitia,  Pope Francis,  Where Peter Is

    The Virtue of Not Being Weird

    The Christian ideal will always be a summons to overcome suspicion, habitual mistrust, fear of losing our privacy, all the defensive attitudes which today’s world imposes on us. Many try to escape from others and take refuge in the comfort of their privacy or in a small circle of close friends, renouncing the realism of the social aspect of the Gospel. (Evangelii Gaudium 88) Recently I was talking with a friend of mine about different Catholic groups and movements that we’ve been apart of when one of us said, “Catholics need to stop being weird.” I have a lot of…

  • #metoo

    #metoo, Fear, and Safe Environments

    I’ve been thinking of #metoo in light of the safe environment training that’s required in Catholic churches. Some quick background: One of the US Church’s responses to the abuse scandals of the early 2000s was to mandate safe environment training for all…

  • Diocesan,  Theosis

    The Conquering Healer

    One of my favorite books in high school was Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” There was one detail of the story in particular that intrigued me. Dracula, even though he was spectacularly powerful, couldn’t enter someone’s house unless he was invited in.…

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    To whom shall we go?

    “Do you also want to leave?” That’s the question that Jesus poses to Peter and the apostles at the end of the Gospel reading today. In light of the horrors detailed in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report of the unimaginable…

  • Diocesan,  Lumen Fidei

    The Supernatural Vision of Fr. Kolbe

    I believe it was sometime in June when I signed up to write the reflection on this particular day. To be honest, I wasn’t really paying attention to what the readings were or the feast day, I just picked a…

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    Transgenderism – An Apology

    I want to apologize. Back in 2015 I attended a conference hosted by Courage, a Catholic apostolate for persons with same-sex attraction and their families. One of the talks during that conference was by Deacon Patrick Lappert, MD, a plastic surgeon,…