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 […]

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 […]

029: The Key to True Freedom & Satisfaction Right Now!

I already know the answer, but I’m going to ask anyway: Have you ever been fully satisfied? How about completely free? For how long? How long until you want a new smartphone? How far into the woods do you need to hike to “get away from it all”? How long before the new car smell wears […]

028: Part 2 – The (Very) Ancient Origins of Marian Devotion

I told you it was good. Part one of my interview with Mike Aquilina about his book Keeping Mary Close: Devotion to Our Lady Through the Ages was awesome. The conclusion is even better. You’ve got to hear Mike because he really gets fired up showing how even heretics and atheists understood early Christian devotion to the Mother of God, […]

How To Identify And Crush Your Predominant Fault!

Cue the Darth Vader theme music. It’s time to conclude our discussion of the greatest spiritual obstacle few of us want to dwell upon (or even know about). 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 […]

Get Big or Get Out! Why Lent Should Hurt So Good

So Lent continues…Isn’t it funny that we shudder at the thought of suffering in general terms, but many of us are more than willing to endure it for specific reasons like rippling abs, bulging biceps, and toned legs? Having spent a fair bit of time of my youth in weight rooms, I often heard my […]