Reflections

Catholic 101: Praying the Our Father

Posted on June 13, 2024
The following excerpt is from “Catholic 101: Praying the Our Father,” by Michael Rossmann, SJ, found on The Jesuit Post website… Sometimes I catch myself doing the “Autopilot” Our Father: my lips are moving; sound is coming out; I might [read more...]

Living Parables

Posted on June 11, 2024
Whenever someone begins a sentence with, “This parable means…” I roll my eyes. (Sometimes I do this inwardly, to be polite. But I still do it.) We have a tendency to treat the parables like our mom’s favorite casserole recipe. [read more...]

I Love Being Catholic, Here’s Why

Posted on June 6, 2024
If you’re truly open-minded, you can find some truth in most religions. You can find plenty of goodness and beauty as well. But where is the whole truth of God—the “fullness of truth”? Fr. Mike makes the case for Catholic [read more...]

In the Family Way

Posted on June 4, 2024
Look here: there is no one more family-oriented than me. I drive a minivan. I wear mom jeans. I wipe unidentified gunk off of kids’ faces without a second thought. I’m all about family, but I’m not always a fan [read more...]

Do You Go to Hell if You Never Heard of Jesus?

Posted on May 30, 2024
When considering the people of the Old Testament before Jesus’s coming, we might ask ourselves: “Are those without the knowledge of Jesus destined for eternal damnation?” And what about those who have never had an opportunity in our day and [read more...]

This is My Body

Posted on May 28, 2024
A friend in high school once asked me why I wore a Crucifix around my neck. She was a Christian and very devout, so I was surprised at her confusion. “To remember Jesus’ sacrifice,” I said. Her upper lip curled [read more...]

A Theology of Your Body

Posted on May 22, 2024
Pope John Paul II said that what modern man needs—and is missing—is an “adequate anthropology”, or, a full understanding of what it looks like to be human. Over the course of his pontificate, he gave it his best shot using [read more...]

Precious Things

Posted on May 20, 2024
I once wrote an article about a school that embraced the Reggio Emilia approach to education. This meant, in practice, a lot of fascinating things, and it was a fun piece to work on. But all these years later, I [read more...]