July 19, 2019
many of us witnessed Nathan Scheidecker from Butte give his life to Jesus Christ and his Church in the priesthood. He left everything to follow our Lord in this day and age. Just so all the young men out there and families of young children know, it will be at least three years before we have another ordination, and if you were there yesterday and saw our presbyterate, it was not the youngest crew.
Who will step up? Who will follow the Lord? And I don’t just mean in the priesthood, though that is an urgent example. I mean in the Church. In every age there is a crisis and in that crisis God raises up saints to renew the Church. We are called to be saints, anything short of that is a failure.
June 23, 2019
Roy and Aislinn: You realize all the sacrifices you will have to make in your married life together and you chose it anyways. Correction- You have NO IDEA the sacrifice that's involved in married life. If you think you have it figured out, good luck. But that’s OK, it doesn't matter that you don't know what's coming because one of the beautiful gifts we have as human beings is the capacity to commit our lives to a thing even when we don't have full knowledge of what the future holds.
June 21, 2019
You might know someone (Or you might honestly be this way yourself- You know, I have a friend) who thinks like this: I like the idea of God, I might even say he exists because the universe doesn’t make sense without some prime-mover, some uncaused-cause. But the Bible, the Incarnation of God as man, the Trinity, the Church, doesn’t it just seem a bit absurd!? We can’t prove any of that, there is not way to reasonable walk through the idea of a Trinitarian God- it’s faith without the verification of reason! How would you answer that friend?
May 31, 2019
Jarrett and Nicole. The love you have for one another- if you are willing to die to yourselves- will bring souls to Christ. Our culture loves the idea of mega- individualism, then we're all confused and sad when our relationships grow bitter and resentful. When anyone in that dark place sees marriage lived sacrificially as we're called to live it, they are immediately compelled.
May 21, 2019
Perhaps when you distill the teachings of Christianity you can glean something that strikes us as profound. That was, after all, the whole project of many modern philosophers and political scientists. Thomas Jefferson edited his New Testament to do exactly that. Yet, that isn’t what Jesus is saying!
The newness of the gospel comes, as Benedict XVI says, “From the gift of being-with and being-in Christ.” For the Christian, being always precedes doing.
May 16, 2019
We were created by God created by his Word. From the beginning to the end of our lives, God’s voice, his word, is the only one that satisfies. When we listen to any other voice, we know they are thieves tempting us to leave the fold and no matter how enticing the voice may be, we all know a thief can promise nothing good.
May 9, 2019
Western culture is no longer the relativist. The new cultural moral code is absolute, but certainly not based in natural law. The Atlantic published a fascinating article on this phenomenon called “The Death of Moral Relativism.” The author pointed out, “This new code has created a paradoxical moment in which all is tolerated except the intolerant and all included except the exclusive.”
April 22, 2019
You are baptized, you are sons and daughters of God and so you can do the same when you face the enormous dragon that has planted itself on the narrow way that leads to eternal life! Do not shrink from the great journey, do not shrink from the Christian life, it is the only life worthy of your dignity! Nothing else will make you happy, not a $100 million condo overlooking Manhattan, nor any amount of fame or power or pleasure. Only friendship with the risen Christ can satisfy our hearts, so face that dragon and become the saint you are called to be.
April 14, 2019
So many of our lives are defined, marked indelibly by the death of those we love. No matter when, whether it was your wonderful grandma who died when she was 90 or whether you lost a child or friend in their teenage years, we see so clearly the evil of death and we do not understand it.
Jesus is the only worthwhile answer to the question of evil. The only other alternative is to deny the existence of God, and in doing to declare that all suffering and evil is, in fact, meaningless. For without God there is no meaning at all. That is no answer.
March 30, 2019
It’s lent, the perfect season to seek out the Lord in new ways. Do something crazy and foolish for him. When I was at Carroll, my friends and I tried to fast in impossible ways, we did middle of the night prayer vigils at the grotto or up on Mount Helena, tried to pull all nighters during holy week. In almost all this we failed, but we did it because we loved Jesus and wanted to know him, and it was a blast. If you want to get in over your head on a great adventure, there is no better friend to do that with than Jesus Christ.