Each Lent it seems I come back to this theme – how do we think about sin and weakness? It’s been helpful for me to examine my own understanding – I can’t make much sense of redemption if I have a distorted view of the sin and weakness that necessitated such a Savior. And an unhealthy view… [Read More]
Saintly Sass: Humiliating the Devil
“The devil…that proud spirit…cannot endure to be mocked.” –St. Thomas More To have “Saintly Sass” is something that is key to overcoming our temptations. In fact, it is practically key to our salvation. What do I mean exactly by “Saintly Sass”? Well, essentially what I mean is having so much confidence in God that when… [Read More]
A Demon’s Memo- What Happens When You Return From A Retreat
The following excerpt is meant to be a Screwtape Letters’ type of writing. It;s written from the perspective of the demon. Because of this, “the enemy” is actually God. In this letter, Slubgob, a senior demon, tells his colleagues about a group that came back from a retreat and how to attack. I decided to… [Read More]
Lent: A Time for Conversion
WHAT DOES LENT MEAN? Today we begin a very special season in our liturgical year, Lent. Our English word “Lent” is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word “lencten” which is roughly translated to mean Spring. So, like the season of spring, we are called to be rejuvinated, to be given life once again and to spread… [Read More]
Why do we fast during Lent?
Lent is now upon us and it will soon be time for fasting and abstaining from meat. Why do we do these things and why is it necessary to fast in our spiritual life? A few days ago I was in line for confession and ended up staring at and thinking about the cross on… [Read More]
Have You Cheated Yet?
Alright folks. One week down. How is everyone doing? Been perfect so far? I admit, I already had a Lenten slip-up. This year, for better or worse, I didn’t mention what I was offering up for Lent on my personal site. In retrospect, I usually fail at it, which not only means I’m unintentionally bragging… [Read More]