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A Catholic Reply to Fifty Shades of Grey

Desires of a Darkened Soul Many of us have heard by now the praises being sung for a recent movie called Fifty Shades of Grey. Controversy has arisen in regards to its portrayal of the male-female sexual relationship. The bishop of my diocese wrote an article in First Things in which he says the movie “normalizes […] Read More

Seal of Confession

When I was a seminarian in St. Benedict, Louisiana, I always thought the Sacrament of Reconciliation would be my favorite to celebrate, if I became a priest. The first time I encountered the seriousness of the Seal of Confession was with one of my good friends. We attended the same high school, and ended up going to […] Read More

Can a Catholic be a Fan of Chris Kyle?

If you follow the news or are an avid moviegoer you have no doubt seen or heard that the movie American Sniper has broken box office records and is nominated for six Academy awards, including Best Picture. Many people have seen this movie; for those who haven’t let me fill you in. American Sniper is […] Read More

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What Are You Taking Up For Lent?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately of traditions in the Catholic Church and how wonderful they are to take part in. I was raised evangelical, and so for myself, growing up evangelical, there were no traditions to take part in besides a few holidays that were celebrated in private with family. Sure – we went […] Read More

The Dawn of the Culture of Life

Sister Esther Marie and I had the privilege of attending the Vigil for Life Mass and the March for Life which occurred in Washington, D.C. on January 21- 22, 2015.  At the Vigil Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception I counted more than 40 Bishops in the opening procession.  The procession itself, which […] Read More

A Priest’s Fight for the Seal of Confession

When I was a seminarian in St. Benedict, Louisiana, I always thought the Sacrament of Reconciliation would be my favorite to celebrate, if I became a priest. The first time I encountered the seriousness of the Seal of Confession was with one of my good friends. We attended the same high school, and ended up going to […] Read More

To God Who Gives Joy To My Youth

We hear so often that church attendance is low and that there is a big vocational crisis. Among other things, there are seminaries with only a handful of students in each class; dioceses that must close parishes because they do not have enough priests to staff them (or parishioners to attend them,) and religious orders […] Read More

Hananiah, Azariah and Mishael

Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael – who are they?? This posed a mystery for me as I heard these names repeated during the Liturgy of the Hours. The names come from chapter 3 of the Book of Daniel in the context of praising the Lord. I would imagine even those who don’t pray the Liturgy of the […] Read More