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The Saints We Touch: The Example of Ordinary Holiness

I’ve never been good at initiating hugs. I’m pro-hugging, and very much so, it’s just that I’ve always felt awkward with being the first to spread his arms and move in for the hug. “Zubair,” Louis Coker, OFS, would say before spreading his arms and moving in on me, “my brother.” He had a knack for it. Louis was a...

My Journey From Muslim to Catholic

“How did you go from Islam to Catholicism?” I’ve been asked that several times since my confirmation in 2012. I don’t mind answering this question at all. The problem has typically been that I’ve been asked this in such a setting in which I’ve only had only a few minutes to give an answer. The story of my conversion, from...

Frivolity and Friendship: On The Eternal Importance of Good Friends

I was wearing my running clothes, standing on a patch of grass across from the downtown Krispy Kreme. Four donuts were in my hand, mashed together, the third such round of four. Looking upon them made me cringe. I sighed and then I took a bite. I chewed only once and my mouth fired out the contents so that it...

Angels and Demons: A Reflection on Abortion

It happened in a Manhattan church in 2012.  My eyes were intently fixed upon the altar. I was planted on a pew in the lower church. On both sides I was flanked by statues of holy men and women. The little flames of devotional candles were twisting and dancing before the statues, rising up as prayers to Heaven. The sweet...

The Strength of Surrender: A Reflection for the New Year

“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.”Matthew 6:34 A New Year is upon us. It's that time for us to make our resolutions, to hit the gym in January and stop going sometime in February. It's that time to give ourselves goals to engineer “new” selves. But how much...

What Do You See? An Advent Reflection

The Virgin is with child...On the roads they pass by pagan Greeks and Samaritans and fellow Jews, shepherds and slaves and soldiers and traders, and divers others who along their way see naught more than a man and wife from Galilee.from The Rose: A Meditation Caesar, whom they called the son of the gods, demanded a census be taken throughout...

All That We Owe: A Thanksgiving Reflection

When learned men begin to use their reason, then I generally discover they haven't got any.G.K. Chesterton Tis an age of scientific marvels. Let's imagine a group of researchers board a spaceship and travel through space a thousand light years, to a distant planet the size of a star. NASA has long searched for such a planet: one which can...

Faith, Firmness, and Freedom: What a Pope Can Teach Us

It was a July night in 2003. We, the college-aged men and women lodging in two Georgetown townhouses, were sitting in our cozy circle in a small living room. My friends and I were all interning that summer, we were a formal group of Muslim interns in Washington D.C. Living in a swanky neighborhood was the upside. The downside was...

Our Lady of Victory: What the Rosary Can Do For Us Today

One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.St. Dominic On a pleasant afternoon in the spring of 2008, I was praying in my room in New York. It had been less than a full year since I was baptized as a Christian. It would be another four years until my confirmation in the Catholic...

Be Proud of Your Faith: You Never Know Who it Will Save

On a cloudy January day in 2007 a young man was walking along the Hudson River in New York. “Is this what life is?” he kept asking himself. Across from St. Patrick's Cathedral, Frank Oscar Larson  The city he had moved to, that magical place where he thought he might “find himself,” could be so draining. The young man was...