Correcting My (formerly) Protestant View of Israel

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If you’ve ever wondered why so many Evangelicals support the state of Israel, here you go. (And the answer might surprise you.) This is a short interview I did for the Coming Home Network that compares how a Catholic view of Israel is quite different than how I used to view it in the past […]

The Incredible Martyrdom of St. Peter Mary Chanel

The Incredible Martyrdom of St. Peter Mary Chanel

Exactly 8 years ago today I was sitting nervously in a chapel in Wellington, New Zealand. Why the nerves? Because I was at the tail-end of 10 day speaking tour that was to culminate that day with five full talks (i.e. one hour each)…and my voice was gone…absolutely toast. My throat hurt like the dickens […]

How Humans Can Resemble Angels…for Better or Worse

How Humans Can Resemble Angels…for Better or Worse

It’s no secret that perseverance is one of the most important attributes of the spiritual life. And yet, it’s often the case that following the initial euphoria of Easter, many of us fall back into the same-old bad habits we sought to destroy during Lent. We let down our guard and forget to keep seeking hard after the […]

How To Identify & Crush Your Predominant Fault

In my last post I forced us all to consider our Big Kahuna of sin, our Grand Poobah of iniquity – our Predominant Fault. It’s important because if we don’t fight it, we’re in big spiritual trouble. We’ll have no fertile interior life, which means no real spiritual growth. So let’s turn our attention to […]

The One Sin You Must Crush This Lent

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There is one thing that every one of us needs to focus upon and crush this Lent with no mercy. What is it? Your predominant fault. “My what?” You heard me…or rather you heard one of the greatest spiritual theologians of the 20th century, Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. What in the world is a predominant fault? Well, even […]

The Real Celebration of Love

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You might think I’m crazy, but I think we should look at Lent in the same way that a lot of people look at St. Valentines’ Day. Yep…you heard me. In fact, I find it quite apropos that in most years, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the “ominous” shadow of Lent. Why? Because all the […]