076: Psalm Basics for Catholics

<Scroll to bottom for podcast.> It’s the book quoted by God the Father. It’s the book quoted by Christ on the Cross. It’s the one book we read at almost every Mass. It’s the Psalms. While many view the Psalms as merely a collection of beautiful poetry (which it is), there’s a whole more going […]

069: Answering Luther: Finding (Catholic) Faith in Sacred Scripture

Twenty years ago, I lost my faith. I didn’t lose my belief in or about faith, but I officially gave up the certainty that I had enough of it to be saved. It was Easter Vigil, 1998. That’s when I became Catholic. 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Rebell…I mean, Reformation. It’s been […]

Do Whatever He Tells You

Last Sunday (Jan 7th) we had one of my favorite Gospel stories – the Wedding Feast at Cana. It’s a great passage to reflect upon. And though I’ve never had a guest post, I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to introduce to you JP Nunez, a young man with whom I used to work at […]

058: Why the Catholic Priesthood is Totally Biblical

I’ve heard it. You’ve heard it. I used to even say it! “The Catholic priesthood isn’t biblical.”…Wrong! If you were to boil the (so-called) Protestant  Reformation down to its essence, it basically did away with the priesthood. Most Protestants have no sacramental life because there are no priests to give them the sacraments. (Most don’t believe in […]

056: The Scariest Verse in Scripture…and How To Survive It

A lot of passages in Scripture make me uncomfortable. But this one scares the dickens out of me. In Matthew 12:36, Jesus declares “I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter.” Uhhh…”every careless word”? (Insert teeth chattering.) Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve said […]

The Very Best Way To Honor Veterans…

Parades, picnics, and patriotism are all well and good. In the United States, they provide a kind of Memorial Day ritual through which we honor those who have served our country. Other countries have similar days of remembrance. But there’s an even more important way we can honor those who have given their lives to […]