Mom, Do You Believe That?

As my son and I were driving to school one morning, the morning show we were listening to was talking about guys being bad dancers. The broadcaster said men can’t dance, their dancing is goofy, they look terrible, etc. The hosts were even taking calls from anyone willing to talk about a particularly bad...

Fast, Before We Get Gobbled Up

Although I’m often reluctant to admit it in polite company, I love the 1980s film National Lampoon’s Vacation. It recounts the mythic travels of the Griswold family to Walley World, an amusement park (that winds up being closed) in California. The father, Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase), wants to drive;...

When Love Goes Terribly Wrong

When I decided to write a book about the experience of shame and Christian spiritual growth, I didn’t talk about it much. Too negative, too discouraging—these were the reactions I figured I’d get. But I was wrong. Instead, I’ve been amazed, mildly startled actually, by the consistently constructive,...

‘Startled’ By Author ‘By God’

Joe McHugh, the author of Startled by God: Wisdom from Unexpected Places, is about as quiet and gentle a man that I’ve had the occasion to meet. Unassuming, reserved, humble, almost phlegmatic in his manner, his dress, his comportment – these things I experienced when first meeting him. Startling,...

Pope Francis Said What?

Our guest blogger today is Jim Van Vurst, OFM, who co-writes Friar Jack’s E-spirations. You may recall Pope Francis’ statement this past May concerning God’s love. First, the pope said: “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics....

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