St. Maximilian, Martyr of Charity

Today is St. Maximilian Kolbe’s feast day, and I am so incredibly thankful for this saint (for a short bio, click here). In many ways, this Polish Franciscan friar and priest is responsible for the love I have developed for Mary and the closeness I feel to her, and consequently, the flourishing of my relationship […]

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On Millenials and Restless Hearts

Nor will they gain freedom of mind unless they submit themselves with their whole heart for God’s sake. Run here or there, thou wilt find no rest, but in an humble subjection under the government of a superior. The imagination and changing of places have deceived many. – St. Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ […]

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Windows into Heaven

The Eastern Church in the 8th century experienced the “iconoclastic controversy.” The main controversy was over the veneration of icons (holy images of Jesus, Mary, the Saints &c.). Those who thought icons ought not be used destroyed icons (hence the name “icon-smasher”). Saint John of Damascus responds to this controversy in On the Divine Images. […]

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Is the Cross of Pregnancy Death or Life?

The responses to the near bans on abortion in many states have brought me to think extensively about abortion in a particular way—specifically how our culture views suffering. For one, I am overjoyed at how laws are finally starting to recognize the life of a precious baby in the womb, no matter what the circumstances […]

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Houses of God

One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. Psalm 26 [27]: 4 Between the fire at Notre Dame, Holy Week, and […]

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St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Response to Modernity

I was prompted to write this post because of something my Catholic seminarian friend, Andrew Lane, shared on Facebook. His post was this: Today Love is being killed. We want to blame hate, because it’s repulsive. But I think there are few who are truly hateful. Love is not just being choked by hate. It […]

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His Friends are Ours, Too

Before I was confirmed in the Catholic Church, I never anticipated how comforting I would find the intercession of the saints. For me at the time, it was nice to know that the saints do pray for us and intercede on behalf of the Church. But when times become trying and you need a lot […]

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An Antidote to Our Troubled Times

“I saw the snares that the enemy spreads out over the world and I said groaning, ‘What can get through such snares?’ Then I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Humility.’” – St. Anthony the Great While reading Saint Teresa of Avila’s autobiography I found her humility incredibly striking. Here is a piece of her […]

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