Spirituality

How Frequent Reception of the Eucharist Can Change Your Life

For the past decade I have attended daily Mass at my parish. I gather at 7 a.m. with a community of men and women who have become my close friends. When I decided to write this book I asked many of them to tell me about the effect daily Mass has had on their […]

The Day after Christmas

“Into your hands I commit my spirit.” Psalm 31:6

On December 25th we celebrate Christmas. With delight and excitement we welcome the birth of Jesus, God himself, who has come to be with us. On the next day the church has us reflect on the stoning of Stephen, the first martyr. Here the […]

Christbearers

“He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love.”  Ephesians 1:4

On December 8 we celebrate Mary’s Immaculate Conception, one of the highlights of the Advent season.

Before “the foundation of the world”—before God created anything—he had Mary in mind to become the mother of […]

The Heavens: Revealing God’s Greatness

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky proclaims its builder’s craft.” – Psalm 19:2 (NAB)

One night around twenty-two hundred years ago, somewhere near Alexandria, Egypt, the writer of the book of Wisdom lay back on his lawn, his head cushioned on his arms, and stared awestruck at the starry heavens. We have probably […]

Seven Habits that Define our Catholic Identity (Video)

Last week, I hosted a webinar through Ave Maria Press based on my new book, The Heart of Catholicism. My goal was to present a vivid picture of what it means to be a Catholic.

I described seven critical practices that shape Catholics:

Develop a personal relationship with Jesus
Celebrate the Sacraments
Observe the Liturgical Seasons
Pray and read […]