An Image of Sanctity

Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 1986 at a public pro-life meeting in Bonn, Germany. © 1986 Túrelio (via Wikimedia Commons), 1986 (Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.0 de) An Image of Sanctity

“Why isn’t she a saint yet?” This was the reaction a classmate of mine had to seeing an image of Mother Teresa. And it makes sense. This was a woman known around the world for her charity, compassion, and love of God, and she had yet to be canonized. The timing of his question was pretty good,... [Read more...]

By His Wounds

Fra Angelico, Crucifixion By His Wounds

Jesus Christ did not die to save humanity. That is, not some abstract notion of it. Our Lord’s head was pierced with a crown of thorns. His back was scourged. His face was spit on. His clothes were torn off and gambled away. His hands and feet were nailed to a cross. His side was pierced with a lance.... [Read more...]

I Am Able

Jan Luyken, The Sons of Zebedee ( Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported) I Am Able

If only we could have the confidence of James and John. “‘Are you able to drink the chalice that I am to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able’” (Mt 20:22). And lest we think that they don’t know what that chalice entails, this exchange comes immediately after Christ foretells his Passion... [Read more...]

Homeward Bound

Wooden Sign Homeward Bound

Being lost in Manhattan can be a terrifying experience. No idea where you are, no idea where to go, and no familiar faces to ask for directions. Might as well throw on a blindfold for good measure. And yet, if we ever find ourselves in this position, we usually make it out okay. We get where we’re... [Read more...]

Misunderstanding Marathons

Brown and White Track Field Misunderstanding Marathons

I don’t understand running. I mean, if you’re being chased by a bear, sure, by all means, run. Or playing sports? Of course. But going out to run for fun? I don’t get it. That’s an awful lot of energy to exert just to end up back where you started. I know some of my brothers probably disagree... [Read more...]

Loving Disappointment

Rembrandt, The Return of the Prodigal Son Loving Disappointment

“I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed.” If you’ve ever stolen a cookie from the cookie jar and subsequently gotten caught, you’ve likely heard these words from your parents. And boy does it hurt to hear that. More than if your parents had blown up and yelled at you and grounded you for weeks... [Read more...]

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