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Lent: A Time for Spiritual or Incarnational Renewal?

Pope Benedict, in continuity with Pope St. John Paul’s Theology of the Body (TOB), speaks of three main aspects of the human person: communal, historical, and bodily. Does this mean that these two great popes don’t believe in the spiritual dimension of the person? Of...

Victims of Love

So, Lent is here. Which means that many of us have prepped 50+ impossible commitments because we want to be holy. After all, Lent is about sacrifice. And sacrifice makes us more like Jesus. Which in turn makes us holy and helps us save souls. But is making so many...

The Language of Jesus’ Tiny Body

Have you ever wondered why God became a baby? He could have become incarnate with a body as an adult. But why did He need to be a baby? It was certainly for many reasons. A major reason why God wanted to become incarnate as a baby was because He wanted to communicate...

Joy is Contagious

So, we all know scripture is pro-life. There are many verses from the Old Testament especially about the life in the womb. And while Jesus never says anything about the child in the womb, Jesus’ life and his very body proclaim the wonder of life in the womb. In...

The Eucharist Means “Thanksgiving”

Most Catholics know that the word Eucharist means “Thanksgiving.” But have we ever asked ourselves why it’s called that? After I really took this question seriously, I discovered even more deeply the profundity of the Eucharist especially, in light of how the early...

The Mind-Body Impact of Gratitude

Since the late 90's, Dr. Robert A Emmons, a psychologist and professor at the University of California, has been one of the world's leading experts on the study of gratitude and its effects on the human experience. In his many studies, he found that gratitude not only...

Given and Entrusted

“We must ourselves be a total gift, a disinterested, sincere gift in order to recognize, in every man, the gift that he is, and to thank the Giver for the gift of the human person.” -Saint John Paul the Great, Meditation on Givenness Imagine a world in which every...

Theology of the Body: Uniting Catholics and Protestants

“War against the body means we must do this with a clear emphasis upon the theological importance of the body. This will not be news to some. Pope John Paul II’s rich legacy on the theology of the body is meat and drink to thoughtful Catholics, yet it is not something...

Vocation to Fight

Young people who are serious about their faith think a fair amount about the importance of finding their vocation. This seems to imply that everything before your vocation is simply a long waiting process. It’s like waiting for your ticket to be called at the DMV....

Remember Who You Are

My favorite line from the entire Catechism is at the very beginning of the section on morality. It is a quote from Pope St Gregory the Great, who in a famous homily encapsulates the great moral invitation made to every Christian. This call is: “Christian, remember...

Can Secular Films Be Christian?

I cringe a little when I hear people refer to a movie as a "Christian film." Allow me to explain... I get it, most Christian films are written and designed to deliver a wholesome message about God, His work in our lives, and how placing our trust in Him makes us...