Confessions of a Religious Catholic

Confessions of a Religious Catholic

I have spent most of my life saying, “I’m spiritual, not religious.” As far back as I can remember, I’ve decried the evils of religion, saying it was dead or diseased, and stood in solidarity with others who felt the same. I’ve called religion evil, corrupt, and systems of man that poison the systems of God. I’m beginning to think …

Rediscovering God

Rediscovering God

Do you know who God is? Have you personally met Him? If not, it’s time to do so. I once heard a very wise, learned man say that he had spent years digging out who God is so that others wouldn’t have to. What he meant was that he could teach people through his experiences, and that is true and good. But …

The Complete Cancer Diaries

Where is God When We Suffer?

I want to make a very special announcement to you today. If you ever follow my Facebook page, you probably know what I’m going to say. But otherwise, this could potentially come as a complete surprise because I have done a terrible job of getting the news out. Either way, here it is. =) Now. Drum roll please. Starting today …

Loveable pumpkins

Reclaiming Halloween

I am on the side of Tim Burton when he says that the two best holidays of the year are Christmas and Halloween. Sure, Easter is great, Thanksgiving is tasty, but for me there’s just nothing else that comes close to Christmas and Halloween. (And if you don’t believe me, stop by my house sometime. Still don’t believe me? Ask …

Abraham and Isaac

Meeting Us Where We’re At

God never changes. So why does it seem like He does? Why does a God of compassion seem so bent on bloodshed?  Why was He so adamant about the strict, strange rules in the Old Testament?  Why did the temple become such a huge project and the center for Jewish life when God didn’t even want it in the first place? …

Run After Your Dream

What’re You Waiting For?

What do you feel like you’ve been put on this earth to do? Why aren’t you doing it? I know a lot of people who have dreams for their lives.  In fact, I might know as many people who have dreams as I do people.  But how many of those people are actually living — or even actively pursuing — …

The Cross of Christ

Why did Jesus Die at the Passover?

They came with swords and clubs and torches, led by a traitor. They called themselves holy men, and they had come to stain their hands with the blood of a teacher. A shadow the color of death was drifting over the land. It was the same day, but 1,500 years prior. A vicious, tyrannical ruler held a foreign people in …

Saint Patrick

St. Patrick’s Day: More than an Excuse for Guinness

The invaders had ransacked their way through the village, and now they were just outside.  The family scrambled to escape, but the time for that had long since passed.  The marauders shattered the front door into a cloud of splinters.  The teenager’s mother screamed, pressing as far into the corner as her body would allow.  The boy barreled towards the …