Leaving Myself to Reach Teens

It’s so easy to put up a wall and hide. We can easily present our perfect face. It feels good to be in control and to appear that we aren’t affected by the little problems of the day. Who doesn’t [...]

Tweet #PrayTheRosary this Saturday at 1pm EST

On May 3rd, Pope Francis tweeted: “It would be a good idea, during May, for families to say the Rosary together. Prayer strengthens family life.” When I read it, I said to myself, “I can promote the rosary, but how?” Since [...]

Jesus or a Moral Code?

“Make sure Johnny learns how to respect his parents.” “Suzie needs to know about chastity since I worry about her.” “I don’t care what you do as long as Bobby is good boy.” How often do we get these phrases [...]

Faith and Reason (Watch This Video)

Today one of the most difficult issues to describe to teens – or anybody else for that matter – is the relationship between faith and reason. I have heard a bunch of talks that were good but they were usually [...]

Why We’ll See Homosexual Scoutmasters (and What That Says)

As the date of the Next Boy Scouts National Council meeting approaches on May 20th, everyone is wondering if they will accept homosexual scoutmasters. Officially the resolution only talks about teens, “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts [...]

50 Shades of Distrust

In the past year, by selling about 70,000,000 copies, Fifty Shades of Grey became the #1 book of all time. I ask myself why? 2 unsatisfactory answers are usually given: people want to read smut, and the writing is good. [...]

Is Heaven Temporary?

When I was a kid I understood heaven as sitting on a cloud listening to an eternal harp concert. I wasn’t sure if it would be me who sat there or just some ghostly version of myself. I would have [...]

The Call of Duty

I have several new interesting posts already thought up. I have 1 on awe or wonder, 1 on the value of mega-events like WYD, and 1 on the Boys Scouts upcoming decision on homosexual scout masters. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to [...]

#ThanksPontifex in the Media

I usually put more thought into my posts than this one. I figure this may interest some of you who were part of #ThanksPontifex. I just did a search of media and blog coverage and it seemed pretty wide. The [...]

The Conclave and Confession

The Cardinals vote 4 times a day, they burn the ballots every 2nd vote. No records are kept saved in their collective memories. Unlike any president’s cabinet, no secret minutes are taken then released 50 years later. Even today, we [...]

Boys in the Girls’ Room – Beyond Uncomfortable Curiosity

Massachusetts recently passed a law that boys who thought they were girls or girls who thought they were boys could use the other restroom. There is a mountain of practical problems: most teenage boys at some base level want to [...]

Letter to our Pope Emeritus re: #ThanksPontifex

Since we sent thousands of #ThanksPontifex messages, I doubt the Pope can read them all. Here’s the letter I sent him to summarize it and thank him. I dropped it off at the Vatican post office this afternoon. I include [...]