Faith Is an Option

“Faith is an option, not a given,” says Bob McCarty, Executive Director of National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, during an interview with John Feister for American Catholic Radio. As for me, I definitely grew up with the idea that my Catholic faith was a given. I went to Catholic grade school...

Is Jesus At My Parish Festival?

Well it’s that time of year again! Parish festival season is commencing. Almost every Catholic parish in my city has one during the summer months. For some people it may be the only time they see their fellow parishioners outside of Sunday Mass. And I think that’s too bad because it’s important to...

Apostle to the Apostles

 Recently in my reflections in this Lenten season, I felt inspired to look up a little more information about Mary Magdalene. I wasn’t aware that her name is mentioned in the Gospels around 12 times—more than most of the male apostles. And I also hadn’t thought about the fact that she was with Jesus...

The Liturgy of the Hours

I grew up in a household where one of my parents was Catholic and the other Protestant. Though we were raised Catholic, went to Church every Sunday, attended Catholic grade school, we never really talked about it much at home. As I grew older and more interested in exploring my faith I spent a lot of time...

When Media Matters

One of my all time favorite shows is Les Miserables. I love the themes of sacrifice and redemption that run throughout the plot. It follows the struggles, sorrows and joys of a simple man throughout his life. He’s not necessarily a religious man, but spiritual themes resonate in this story.   This...

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