Taking Lent by Force

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Most of us dread Lent on some level. And that’s natural because it doesn’t appeal to our senses. Let’s be honest, we’ve all been tempted to cut the Lenten corners: “Let’s see…how about no alcohol…wait…scratch that… alcohol…I mean no beer (cuz then I can still have a bourbon in the evening); no desserts…desserts…I mean no […]

084: Heresy or Holy? The Question of Marian Consecration

<scroll to bottom for podcast player> “‘Slaves of Mary?’ Are you kidding me?” That was my first (second, third…tenth) reaction to the words of St. Louis de Montfort in True Devotion to Mary, the classic text on our topic.  The whole idea of consecrating yourself to anyone other than Jesus Christ made zero sense to me. […]

083: Archbishop Vigano & the Power of Fear

<Scroll to bottom for podcast player.> Not sure if you caught it, but Archbishop Vigano recently told the American bishops they’d better be afraid…very afraid. Why? Because if you want to become a saint, the first thing you need is fear. Fear isn’t typically the first thing that pops into your mind when you think […]

082: Historical Holiness: How Religious Orders Illumine the Path to Perfection

<scroll to bottom for podcast> Yes, some look like Jedi hippies. Yes, their giant rosaries look like medieval weapons. Yes, many haven’t worn socks in a very long time. But they’re the real deal. About whom am I talking? Catholics with a religious vocation. You know…monks, nuns, and such. And while most of us aren’t […]

How To Achieve Constant Prayer

Did you know that every part of our life is meant to be powered by prayer…everything! Is that even possible? Since “with God all things are possible” (Mt 19:26) , the answer is a resounding “Yes!” How? Well it starts with what we call “finite prayer.” A finite prayer is one that has a beginning and […]

081: Kings, Prophets, & Popes

<Scroll to bottom for podcast player> What should we do? That’s the question that keeps coming up in my conversations and email exchanges. What is the appropriate response of faithful Catholics to this ongoing crisis? While some are leaving and others are all-out attacking, most of us are caught somewhere in the middle. We’ve always […]