Can You Be Gay and Serve Within the Catholic Church?

A few weeks back, a petition was circulating social media sites regarding the firing of a theology teacher who had become engaged to her same-sex partner.  Naturally, countless people, both Catholics and non-Catholics, gladly signed the petition by which the … Continue reading

Wife and Mother First, Youth Minister Second: The Ups and Down of Life as a Married Youth Minister with Children

This past week, I had the opportunity to spend a day at a retreat center in northern Maryland, where I was able to do a little resting and recharging, as well as a lot of reflecting (and about an hour … Continue reading

The Church: The Stone Tied to the Feet of the Sinner or the Rock Against Which the Gates of Hell Will Not Prevail?

When I’m sitting in my office ticking off the tasks in my planner, I like to break the silence with Christian Contemporary music (interspersed with the occasional country hit).  Recently, I was struck by a particular song, or more specifically, … Continue reading

Finding the Beauty in Obligation: Why We Need Holy Days

Holy Days of Obligation.  It’s a phrase that many modern Catholics find repugnant.  I know plenty of devout Catholics who attend Mass every Sunday, but rarely observe those Holy Days of Obligation (with the exception of Christmas).  Many consider the … Continue reading