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 […]

014: The Gospel Accordion to Bob Rice

Question: What do adoption, 80s singer El DeBarge, and the spiritual life have in common? Answer: Bob Rice. Any man who plays the accordion (and has an album starring said instrument titled “The Gospel Accordion to Bob Rice”) is just a little on the unusual side. But if by “usual” you mean boring and predictable, I’ll […]

If It’s Not Working, Break It!

The one thing we don’t want when learning a new skill, or even practicing an old one, is bad technique. I like to golf. In fact, I was a caddy as a kid. And there was one particular member who always requested me to carry his bag for club tournaments. Thankfully I was in good shape, because he was terrible. […]

The Biggest Obstacle To Spiritual Growth You’ve Never Heard Of

I’ve got one. You’ve got one. We’ve all got one, but we don’t like to talk about it…if we even know it exists. What am I talking about? Your Predominant Fault. “My what?” you exclaim. 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 Easiest Way To Become Spiritually Perfect…Guaranteed!

So you want to become perfect. (Or at least you should.) But there’s one little problem. Except for Our Lady, not one of us was born into the perfect life. (Your mother-in-law might think her son is perfect, but…) Here’s the thing. Jesus says in Matthew 5:48 “be perfect even as your heavenly father is perfect.” […]