Tag: prayer

Chained to Our Lady

“It is the Virgin Mary who invites us to consider history as an adventure of love in which God keeps his promises and triumphs with his fidelity. ” -St. John Paul II

Praying Like a Man

Men, why do we struggle to pray? We know that our souls need prayer as we need air for our lungs, food for our stomachs, and balm for our beards. Maybe we’re addicts to technology and the thought of silencing our devices for even a few minutes unnerves us. Perhaps silence seems scary. Maybe we take for granted the love…

Book Review: Tweeting with GOD

  I just got the book Tweeting with GOD by Fr. Michel Remery in the mail. One of the first things I thought was, “This would be a great gift for someone getting Confirmed! Or someone graduating high school!” My second thought was, “Why didn’t I think of this idea for a book first?!”   Tweeting with GOD is a…

What I Miss About Seminary

The province of Florida recently received thirteen men as newly ordained deacons–deacons in transition to the priesthood. The Mass was beautiful and the men quickly began blessing crosses, water, and chihuahuas with their newfound “deacon powers.” They were one class ahead of my own in the seminary, so I know these guys well. They welcomed me back with open arms…

Pop Music & Prayer

Recently Jackie and I saw the band Imagine Dragons for a sold-out arena concert.  These guys are #1 in alternative rock and Grammy winners for a definitive reason, and they put on an amazing live show.  I haven’t seen a lead vocalist leave everything on the stage like that since the likes of Bono and Chris Martin.  I sincerely hope…

No Room for Advent

Let it be known that I love hearing the music from Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown as much as the next guy.  I just don’t enjoy hearing it on October 30th…or on November 3rd…or anytime pre-Thanksgiving, really. Each year the Christmas decorations seem to be displayed earlier and earlier.  I walked by one department store before Halloween—before Halloween—and saw a Christmas…

Loneliness and Longing

“So brethren, let us long, because we are to be filled”—St. Augustine Christopher West, renowned author and speaker of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, came and spoke to our seminary during my first year of study.   He gave a several-hour presentation that renewed my interest in a teaching I had drifted out of since first being exposed to…