Pope Francis reminds us of the meaning of Lent and offers practical advice on how to deepen our experience of it.
Just cause you aren’t Catholic doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from some things Catholicism has to offer.
Halfway through the desert, I found him, standing at the top of a sand dune. With my net full of rocks, I struggled to the top of it and fell at his feet…..
Politicians can still fulfill what Pope Francis calls a lofty calling working for the common good. But also, what role does the church play in fulfilling that goal?
What does a healthy populism look like? Pope Francis explores this in chapter 5 of Fratelli Tutti.
This is a 3 minute video meditation on pride and humility – the way one imprisons us and the other sets us free.
Pope Francis says we need to hold the two goals of dealing with global problems and taking care of our own in tension with one another.
Pope Francis addresses the need for good governance and politicians who look towards the common good of all those they serve.
People have honest questions. Here are some sites that address concerns protestants, atheists and others might have about the validity of the Catholic faith.
It’s one thing to light the fire of faith. It’s something totally different to keep it burning. In this video, I go over basic practices that help me keep my Catholic faith alive.
The church has a long, proud history of calling world leaders to the carpet. The USCCB’s statement to President Biden was wholly appropriate.
God wants us to love the immigrant and refugee in our midst. But what does that really mean? Pope Francis addresses the practical steps countries need to take to love the stranger in their midst.
You do not have to be religious to be pro-life, and saying you do is intellectually lazy.
Evangelism is not about conquering opponents, and the outcome is not ours to control.
This is the last video in the “Why I am Catholic” series I put up on my YouTube Channel.
With the multitude of denominations out there, deciding to “follow Jesus” can mean a lot of different things. This is why I chose Catholicism specifically.
It might sound strange, but miracles are part of the reason I believe in God. In this video, I explain why.
Catholic citizens of the US have a responsibility to help shape political life. But how?
The Bible, however old school it is, is still one of the reasons I’m Catholic. It is evidence for faith.
In this video, I give the evidence for God in nature specifically – human nature and the nature of the universe – that is most compelling to me personally.
Someone on the internet asked me for evidence of my faith. In response, I thought I’d explore again why I became Catholic. This is the introduction to the series.
If I am my neighbor’s keeper, does that mean families, communities and even countries need to care about others on a larger level? Pope Francis says, “Yes.”
How can I fix the world’s problems? It is overwhelming. But in discovering our personal vocation, we find our part to play in making the world a better place.
What I do, and why I do it.
Pope Francis encourages us to see how we can be a little bit like the characters in the story of the Good Samaritan. He counsels us to really see the poor and disadvantaged and act in concrete and local ways to help them.
The stories we tell ourselves shape us. The world has one story about Christianity, but I have mine.
Fr. Grunow insists that we need to understand social media platforms as artificial intelligence – something that is learning from us day by day.
Pope Francis insists that the parable of the Good Samaritan has a lot to say about how we must address pressing global problems today.
Pope Francis makes the case for relationships IRL and explains the responsibility we all have to be open to immigrants.
This is a short, 2 minute video meditation on God being everything we need in life.
In the first chapter of Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis calls on countries to work together to deal with the pressing global issues of today.
We know what divides us as a country. And what divides us matters. But what unites us spiritually and ties us together matters, too.
The problems change, but the answer always stays the same.
This is the third Wisdom of Pope Francis podcast episode I have converted into a YouTube video. Continuing in Fratelli Tutti, I get into the section where Pope Francis talks about the benefits and perils of globalization and also the way a toxic political culture can divide us.
After the rioting in the Capitol, and all the insanity that has gone on in 2020, let’s look at the sin inside us before finding it in others.
This episode of Wisdom of Pope Francis covers the introduction to Fratelli Tuttie, the pope’s latest encyclical. These are podcast episodes I am converting to YouTube videos.
Now more than even, we need to hear Pope Francis’ call to friendship on an individual and societal level.
Sometimes we need practical exercises to help us grow spiritually. Here are 3 that can help jump-start your walk with God in 2021.
This blog is splitting up into three…. again…
In section, I go from Abraham to the Promised Land in my “Through the Bible” series.
Do religious leaders like Ravi Zacharias realize the devastation they cause when they abuse the flock or live a double life?
My father died a few years ago. This is a song I wrote about the good memories we had together. I hope you enjoy it.
Reading the Bible as though it were our only source for Christian dogma puts us in a sticky situation. We need the context of the larger tradition of the church.
This is a music video of a song I wrote for my wife a few months ago. I hope you enjoy it.
It’s been a crazy year. I hope the next one is better for all of us!
Christian films can be a little… meh. These, however, are cinematic masterpieces. How many have you seen?
The church is a force for good – both now and in the past. To say otherwise is to ignore the thousands who have toiled throughout history in the name of Christ.
Mental illness can wreck lives, or it can make everyone stronger and more compassionate. Here is what I’ve learned along the way.
A music video about depression and running to God in the midst of it.
The cycle of sin, cleansing and salvation repeated itself from Adam and Eve down to Abraham. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Relationships become dysfunctional and abusive when Jesus is missing in the middle of them.
The beginning of a broad overview of the Bible in my “Through the Bible” series on this blog, starting with the angels, demons, and first parents.
Fred and Pete were appalled at the Vatican’s 2020 nativity scene. So God took them back 2000 years to the original one.
When we suffer, we must think about the suffering of Christ. It pulls us up from the hole we can so easily sink into.
Gratitude doesn’t come easy. It needs to be practiced. But once it takes root, the blessings are enormous.
When we are full of emotion and don’t know how to talk to God, he gives us the words to speak.
It’s normal to feel angry at what God puts your through. How do we work through our emotions without jettisoning the faith?
Catholicism is a big, sprawling religion, but at the heart of it is a very simple message every Catholic must come back to every day: the Kerygma.
Pope Francis encourages families, communities, and even whole countries to stop being self-focused and look to how they can help others.
I’m beginning a new section on this site going through the Bible. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂
Being open to dialogue and another point of view are acts of love for our neighbor. It doesn’t mean we have to let go of our convictions.
In the rich history, culture and tradition of the church, even an atheist can find something to enrich the soul. Here are a few things the church has to offer.
There is nothing more crazy and romantically wild than a Catholic marriage. Hands down. No contest.
Fellow humble Catholic blogger, you may only be getting two views per post, but it might still be worth it. Here’s why….
I am happy to have a conversation with you if you disagree with me, but you need to be aware of the ground rules first. Don’t cross the line.
Another cool site! This one from a Catholic apologist who knows his stuff.
People may mock the idea of venial and mortal sin, but knowing there are degrees of wrongdoing can be a comfort for the Catholic person.
I took one of my songs and put some video footage to it. It’s about dealing with doubt.
A short (but not too short) story about three people, their relationship with God, and the eternity it leads them to.
Should I feel bad that Bjork and Rufus Wainwright’s music inspires me to worship God? Nah
I wrote a post over at All Along the Watchtower. Paul counsels us to pray without ceasing, abstain from evil, and give thanks in everything.
What matters to us often doesn’t matter to God.
One work of mercy you can do this Advent? Eliminate a very large amount of medical debt for your neighbor at very little cost to you.
Why are we important? What gives us value? These eternal questions are not as easy to answer as you might think.
What is the most important work we do?
Want to help and be helped by other Catholics trying to spread the beauty and truth of the faith online? Check this out.
The Lord’s Prayer is deceptively simple but packs a wealth of spiritual insight into ourselves and our relationship with God.
Who becomes the casualty when Christians fight Christians in today’s culture war?
I found a cool Christian site! You should check it out.
We hear stories all the time about the young celebrity pastor or priest who falls from grace – Carl Lentz being the latest. Maybe it’s time to appreciate the old, boring ones.
There is a shortage of good fathers in the world, but the good news is, you do not have to have a biological child to be one.
He came a helpless child. He will come again a mighty king. A video reflection on the coming of Christ.
Pope Francis has declared this coming year in the Catholic Church the Year of St. Joseph, encouraging Catholics everywhere to look to the foster father of Jesus as a model for our own lives and for intercession.
Polarization is nothing new. Could looking at the Protestant Reformation help us diagnose our problem and find a way out of it?
You are never totally ready for it, but if I could go back ten years ago, this is what I would tell myself.
I’m writing over at jessicahof.blog as well as here. Check out my post there and read other great writers on the site.
What is this blog about?
Hang in there. You are going to be all right.
Continuing our deep dive into chapter two of Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis challenges us to ask ourselves what we can do to help the poor and disadvantaged.
I mean, it IS about charity. But if we think being generous is a matter of giving what we don’t owe to someone who doesn’t deserve what we give, we are way off the mark.
A new book about Heaven, Hell, prayer, death, life, and true love all in under 7000 words.
A video meditation on the beauty and meaning of the incarnation. I hope you enjoy it. Happy Advent!
Episode 7: In chapter 2 of Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis explores what the parable of the Good Samaritan has to do with addressing global problems today.
What does it mean to be a Roman Catholic? Find out what the church calls the “very necessary minimum” for being in and growing in the church.
Love them or hate them, we need institutions, and we need to listen to their collective wisdom – now more than ever.
Pope Francis on Why Facebook Cannot Take the Place of Real Community. Also, Care for Immigrants [Podcast]
Continuing through Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis explains why online community is not the same as in-person community. Also, the dignity and humanity we need to show immigrants.
The McCarrick report highlights the need for the church to take seriously the cries of those who are abused. Thankfully, in many ways, it’s already begun to do that. May more still be done!
I think you can love the traditional Catholic faith and be a cheerleader for Pope Francis at the same time. Here’s why.
For the first time ever, I’m not comfortable arguing with a pompous attitude.
We’ve got human trafficking, poverty, abuse of the environment, and disregard for the disabled, unborn and elderly. Pope Francis encourages us to come together globally to do something about it.
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