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A Morning Mass

It is a Saturday morning. I wake while it is still dark and blindly shuffle into my clothes. My children sleep. The world is still as I step into the chill morning air to attend the early morning Low Mass at the Abbey of Our Lady of Clear Creek.  I arrive at the monastery while the moon still sheds its...

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...

Mercy and the Heart of Marriage

This article is a chapter I contributed to the book, Spirit and Life. What is marriage? The answer is clearly articulated by the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation...

Attention and the Sacrament of the Present Moment

Of all the faculties of human nature, one of the most powerful is that of attention. What we choose to attend to to a great degree shapes our experience of the world for good or ill. Our intellectual faculties are limited, and we simply cannot pay attention to all the visual or auditory stimuli we experience every day. And so...

Make Catholicism Weird Again: On Consumerism and Authentic Faith

Recently, a Pew Research survey cataloged the almost complete collapse of the faith in the United States. The facts are devastating. Only 26% of Catholics under forty in the U.S. believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the holy Eucharist. If the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith, the fountain from which the life of the...

A War for the Home: St. Charbel’s Powerful Call to Defend the Family

St. Charbel Makhlouf is a little known Maronite saint and priest-monk of the 19th century. While he lived most of his life in the relative silence and seclusion of monastic life, he quickly gained a widespread reputation for sanctity, and miracles were attributed to his prayers. He remained incorrupt after his death, and thousands flocked to venerate his relics. Miracles...

Be a Man: St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Rule of Life

St. Maxmilian Kolbe is my favorite saint. He lived a truly eucharistic life of missionary zeal, radiant holiness, and sacrificial love. Yet, his life of holiness was no accident; he did not wake up one morning a saint. Rather, his holiness was the result of constant spiritual effort that cultivated an intimate relationship with our Blessed Mother, with whom he...

On Grilling and the Love of God

One of my favorite pastimes is grilling meat. While I am very much an amateur, I find the flavor of grilled meat to be far superior to meat cooked in any other way. Grilling is the polar opposite of perverse modern forms of cooking, barely worthy of the name, like heating something in a microwave. Grilling is a process, and...

5 Ways to Live Like a Monk (Without Actually Being One)

by Fr. Paul Sheller, OSB, Vocation Director, Conception Abbey 1. Cultivate Silence St. Benedict wrote, “Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen” (RB 6:8). Silence is the environment that allows you to listen to God’s voice and the voices of those around you properly. Many people are uncomfortable with silence or they...

All Roads Lead to Rome: 10 Reasons to Become Catholic

"The difficulty of explaining 'why I am a Catholic' is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true." - G.K. Chesterton Many of you know that I am a convert to the Catholic church. Why, you may wonder, would anyone, especially in the 21st century, join such an archaic institution? And why on...

Hopeful Words from a Future Catholic Priest

There is a great deal of bad news about the state of the Catholic Church of late. We shouldn't deny it or dismiss it; to do so would be foolish. We should have our eyes wide open about the reality of our situation. But amidst the destruction wrought by sin and the failings of men, there are real signs of...