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

VBS Improvements: How Minor Changes Made a Major Difference

Every summer, our parish hosts a Vacation Bible School program, a week-long camp that features Bible stories, craft projects, music lessons, games, and snack time.  In years past, this program brought in about fifteen children, with thirty counselors to assist … 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

The Logic of Liberals: Why I Might Just Take Your Advice And Shut Up with My Hateful, Intolerant, and Stupid Religious Beliefs

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage, I have been shocked and honestly very disappointed to see many people’s true colors emerge.  And I’m not talking about people’s rainbow-colored Facebook profile pictures.  I’m talking about some … Continue reading