My Spiritual Fireteam

A war rages within us. In this combat, as in all earthly struggles, it is essential to possess the proper tools: ammunition, strategy, composure, and the appropriate armor. But there is no such thing as "an army of one". Perhaps the most important resource a soldier has are his fellow soldiers. It's no less true in the realm of spiritual warfare. For some reason this is a hard lesson for me to learn. I began the fight with the immaculate armor of the Heavenly Host, bestowed on all recruits through baptism. For some years I suppose my role was as a new soldier - “rear detachment” - safe from the more threatening effects of war. The battles that did come my way were not very difficult. My armo

Of Yokes and Burdens

Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) Now, I'll be honest with you. EVERY time I hear this, my first reaction is something like this (even if only deep down): "HUH?!" If you're anything like me, at first glance this seems like a rather tricky saying of Our Lord. Following him, taking "his yoke" and living an authentically Christian life usually seems to be anything and everything BUT easy and light! Be honest, how "easy" is patience in all things for you? How "light" do