Let's Take Our Time, Shall We?

Some time ago I was listening to a lecture in which the professor, Dr. Regis Martin, explored the mystery of this thing we call "time." It was an absolutely fascinating 45 minutes or so, and I just thought I'd share some of the reflections he shared along with a few of my takeaways. Time can be seemingly our biggest enemy, can't it? I mean most of our modern technology seems to have been created for the primary purpose of getting us some time back. But does it work? Now that we have smartphones, tablets, digital calendars synced everywhere we go, and GPS on every device we own, do we really have MORE time? I know I don't. It's funny, the more feverishly I try to save time, the faster it seem

Voting on Jesus' Teachings?

What did Jesus teach about that? Let's take a vote! Much is often made about poll results showing a sometimes staggering percentage of Catholics who disagree with the Church's teaching on human sexuality. Frequently, we are told that because significant numbers of Catholics strongly disagree with the Church's stance on issues like contraception, same-sex marriage, and abortion, the solution can only be for the Church to "tone it down a bit" if not completely change its position and "get with the times." The more I think and pray about this phenomenon and the more I study it intently, the more I have to scratch my head. At the end of the day, you cannot possibly understand the Catholic Church

Some Thoughts on St. Justin Martyr

I remember when, in college, in the spirit of curiosity driven by faith, I began to ask the question "what did the earliest Christians believe and how did they worship Jesus?" This question drove me, like so many countless others I've encountered over the last decade or so, to the testimonies of those earliest believers - the followers of "the Way." I discovered Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp of Smyrna and others. These were the believers who learned at the feet of the Apostles themselves, in particular John, the "beloved disciple." I love scholarly examinations of history, but as a history major I had grown to love primary documents much more. Imagine my surprise when I disc

The Two Caves

There once was a man who claimed to be more than just a man. Everywhere he journeyed the crowds flocked to him, even if only to catch a glimpse. Many broke through the swelling throngs to reach him, determined to overcome any obstacle in order to speak with him, to encounter him, to merely touch the tassels of his cloak. Everyone who did found that profound healing of some kind inevitably resulted from that encounter. But this man was so much more than a wise teacher. He was so much greater than the greatest guru, so much better than the best healer, so much deeper than the deepest sea. His power was not imposing or coercive. It was not power that this world could begin to comprehend, a worl

Saint YOU?

I want you to try something that just kind of blew my mind a few days ago. Are you ready? Here goes. Imagine the Church has opened your canonization process. You heard me right! Not someone else's, but yours. People are prayerfully, diligently investigating claims that suggest you lived a life of heroic virtue and are now with God in heaven at this moment, serving Him eternally. Rumor has it that you were a person who, though not perfect, gave your whole life over to the Lord and you were one to whom people could look for a genuinely good example of devotion to Christ. One of the most important tasks assigned by the Church to those who investigate such claims is to interview people who knew