There is a new trend in our Church. For generations, there was a very typical family pattern—young married couples would move into the area, register in the parish, baptize their infants and get their kids enrolled in CCD throughout their school years (the parents would volunteer to teach CCD and were involved in The Altar Rosary and Holy Name Society), until they received their Confirmation. Those kids would grow up, get married, baptize their infants, and so on. For generations, this has been the norm, but increasingly the norm is changing.
Whatever your feelings about The Daily Show (I happen to love it); there was a segment on last night that everyone should see. There was a report called “The Homeless Homed” that showed how Salt Lake City is dealing with homelessness. Please watch the segment in this post (be warned—the interviewer does say “What the hell…” No bad language besides that). Our Catholic Church, taken directly from the teachings of Jesus, makes it clear that we cannot ignore the poor. We cannot throw people away because they are too expensive or inconvenient. Our job is to protect people in all stages of life; whatever their personal circumstances.
If you were brought up on superheroes and sci-fi, and if you were brought up Catholic, then you probably have an excellent understanding of destiny. You knew from an early age, or at least suspected, that there is something special about you, and that you have a particular role to fulfill in this life. You were born for something great.
Every hero knows, sometimes from within and sometimes because they were told, that there is something that they, and they alone, must do for the salvation of the planet. Superman, Luke Skywalker, the various Green Lanterns, Spiderman—pick a hero—they have an understanding that the power they have been given saddles them with a responsibility to change the course of history. They didn’t just grab their tights and go for it, though. They struggled, hung out in quiet solitude, engaged in a discernment process with people of better understanding and let their calling grow in them until they were ready to find their opportunity to strike out.
I first started writing things for public consumption when I wrote for my high school newspaper, The Pine Needle Monthly. Journalism was one of the greatest classes I’ve ever taken; partly because of the experience I gained, and partly because of what I learned–both about writing and about life. Our class advisor, Kevin C. Houtz, was one of the most important teachers I’ve ever had–and I’ve had some amazing teachers.
Originally posted in St. Aloysius Blog
I like Loki better than Thor. So, what? This blog is about our tendency to ignore the opportunities God gives us to fulfill our vocations, and the excuses we make to avoid becoming what God made us for. All of us have backstories that we could use as an excuse to become a supervillain. Don’t be a supervillain.
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.C.S. Lewis
And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation...2 Corinthians 5: 18
Not all those who wander are lost.J.R.R. Tolkien
This one is about sex and intimacy. And steak. Because, why bother with the other two if there’s no steak? This blog takes a look at the difference between sex and intimacy, the sort of false intimacy that is projected onto a relationship when sex is used improperly within it and the harm that can be done as a result of it.
This is my first blog for The Rogue on Patheos. My assignment was to write a favorites list for 2014, so I chose a few of my favorite cartoon episodes. This blog gives a quick review of Gravity Falls episode, “Soos and the Real Girl,” The Regular Show episode, “Maxin’ and Relaxin’,” and the Clarence episode, “Nature Clarence.” All three of these episodes would be great for conversation springboards for catechetical sessions for youth groups, RCIA or Confirmation classes.
This is one of my recent blogs from the Saint Aloysius website. It’s about the Feast of the Holy Family, and how good God is about modeling family for us through families God used for His glory in the Bible. The stories don’t depict what we would call “traditional” families; but blended, adopted, late-in-life and surprise families. It also discusses our frailty as we seek to live as holy families, and how Jesus assumed that frailty into Himself.