051: Clearing Up the Crusades

We’ve all heard it before – “The Catholic Church is all about violence and power. Just look at the Crusades! They’re a perfect example!” The problem (for critics of the Church) is that idea is horse-hockey. That said, most of us have little-to-no understanding of the true heart of the Crusades…which is a complete shame. […]

031: Part 2 of Soul Surfing with a Man Named “Bear”

What does the spiritual life of a ninja blackbelt surfer look like? The answer might surprise you. (The dude quotes Aquinas, for crying out loud.) Join me for the conclusion of my conversation with adventurer and EWTN radio host Bear Woznick. We’re getting deeper into the practicalities of meditative prayer and the overall trajectory of the […]

019: The Kenosis Of Christ As Model For Us…What?

The entire Catholic faith boils down to one thing – be like Christ. That’s the point of prayer and the purpose of the sacraments. It’s the whole enchilada. And if you want to know what it means to be like Christ, look no further than Philippians 2. The opening verses of St. Paul’s letter to […]

“Blinded By The Light” Of The Dark Night

It sounds like something Darth Vader should be introducing…(cue the mechanical heaving breathing)…”The Dark Night of the Soul!” Perfect for Halloween. Many of us have heard something or other about this strange phenomenon made famous by St. John of the Cross. It’s the feeling of total abandonment by God experienced by a person in the higher […]