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5 Ways to Love Your Wife

The state of marriage is one which requires more virtue and constancy than any other; it is a perpetual exercise in mortification."- St. Francis de Sales "He who loves his wife loves himself." Ephesians 5:28 I married a wonderful woman. She's beautiful, hilarious, generous, and incredibly strong. (I've watched her give birth. Trust me, she's strong.) The longer I'm married...

Inebriate Me: Getting Drunk on God

Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, There’s always laughter and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino! ~ Hilaire Belloc (1870 – 1953) The television was on in the service center waiting area—Katie Couric was introducing her next guest. I was the only one there, and normally I’d just turn off the set rather than...

Of Cigarettes, Christianity, and Cool

The following is a guest post by Richard Becker. I heard on the news that the FDA is getting all fired up about regulating e-cigarettes – possibly even banning them outright for youngsters. Why? E-cigs may not have the risks associated with ordinary cigarette smoke, but they’re still a vehicle for delivering nicotine – an addictive stimulant. Plus, there’s plenty...

Spiritual Combat: A Call to Arms

"Fight or die." - Dom Lorenzo Scupoli Perhaps one of the greatest temptations in the Catholic life is that of complacency. We go through the motions, attending Mass on Sunday and maybe going to a parish program or two, but the Faith never really penetrates deep into our souls. It remains a superficial reality; just another thing to do in our...

Black Dog Days: How to Deal with Depression

The following is a guest post by Michael J. Lichens.  Recently, I've been going through what the great Winston Churchill called “black dog days.” These days are defined by an overall low mood, inability to cope with basic things like getting out of bed, or finding enjoyment in my usual passions. Do not fear, reader, this is actually normal for...

An Everyman Saint: St. Isidore the Farmer

All you really need to know about St. Isidore the farmer (or “the laborer”) is that in the town of Pulilan in the Philippines, parishioners of San Isidro Labrador make their water buffalos kneel before a statue of the saint. This is a fitting veneration for a saint who was often accompanied by a team of heavenly oxen driven by angels....

Think Big, Act Small: How You Can Change the World

"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like." - St. Augustine of Hippo The world is a big place,...

Movie Review: The Way

Every once in a while, I encounter a movie that exceeds my expectations, and Emilio Estevez' The Way is just such a movie. Here's why I liked it. Plot The movie starts off with Thomas Avery, played by Martin Sheen, receiving the devastating news that his son, Daniel (Emilio Estevez), has died. The news is all the more tragic because...

May is Mary’s Month: 10 Ways to Celebrate Your Spiritual Mom

October is the month of the most Holy Rosary; November, the month to pray for the faithful departed; June we immerse ourselves in the ocean of mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; July we praise and worship the Precious Blood of Jesus, the price of our salvation. May is the month of Mary. Mary is the Daughter of God...

Catholic in the Cubicle, Part 4: Setting up Your Work Space

The following post is part of a series on living the Catholic faith in the workplace. The layout of a space matters. Just look at the time companies spend designing their headquarters. From cube farms to wide open areas, offices are designed to create a particular culture at a company. You too can create a specific culture focused on Christ within your...

St. Joseph, Pray for Us

Pull out your highlighters. What word stands out most when you read Matthew 1:24? Isn’t it that small, overused, three-letter word our English teachers told us to avoid? “When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded.” Joseph did. It’s that simple. Saint Joseph is the patron saint of workers and fathers, a simple carpenter who obeyed...

Spiritual Weapons: Fasting

Fasting gives birth to prophets and strengthens the powerful; fasting makes lawgivers wise. Fasting is a good safeguard for the soul, a steadfast companion for the body, a weapon for the valiant, and a gymnasium for athletes. Fasting repels temptations, anoints unto piety; it is the comrade of watchfulness and the artificer of chastity. In war it fights bravely, in...