Ten Things That Changed St Francis Forever…

2014-10-03T14:26:43-04:00October 3rd, 2014|Categories: Saints and Supernatural|Tags: , , , , |

St Francis of Assisi ...and can change you too. One of the things that makes St Francis so popular is that he was so utterly and completely converted. He was rooted and engrafted into Christ through several remarkable events that transformed him from the inside out. It is this profound and radical encounter with [...]

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Make Room for Curmudgeons

2014-10-03T06:11:56-04:00October 3rd, 2014|Categories: Patheos, Saints and Supernatural|Tags: , , , |

St Jerome This week has long been one of my favorites in the church year. Who can resist the sweetness, purity, power and goodness of all these saints and angels celebrated in one week! September ends with the celebration of the great heavenly warrior St Michael, and he is followed a day later by [...]

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The Day I Met St Therese

2014-10-01T04:54:46-04:00October 1st, 2014|Categories: Saints and Supernatural|Tags: , , |

I was an Anglican priest the summer I met St Therese of Lisieux. I was living in England and had three months free between jobs, so I decided to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. I was going to hitch hike and stay in monasteries and religious houses on the way. The first leg of my journey [...]

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Could St Joseph of Cupertino Really Fly?

2014-09-18T07:06:25-04:00September 18th, 2014|Categories: Saints and Supernatural|Tags: , , , |

St Joseph of Cupertino - Patron Saint of Pilots and Aviators Today is the feast day of St Joseph of Cupertino. To learn about his life go here. Joseph was born into a poor family in Cupertino, Italy in 1603. His father was a poor carpenter who died before he was born, and his [...]

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Ten Things to Remember When You’re Fed Up With Other Catholics

2014-09-12T07:48:20-04:00September 12th, 2014|Categories: Catholic Culture|Tags: , , , , |

Maybe it's just me, but I seem to hear an increasing amount of grumbling from about the state of the church. Some folks complain about the new generation of priests, "All these guys seem to care about is lace and china tea cups! Are they all pansies? What's going on? Why do they have to return [...]

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Powerful St Patrick

2014-08-29T13:52:26-04:00August 29th, 2014|Categories: Catholic Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

Powerful St Patrick Some time ago I had a dream in which I saw a young boy swimming in a river. As he was swimming happily downstream I saw that around the bend was a large crocodile. I watched in terror as the boy swept past the crocodile and the beast slipped out from [...]

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Virginity and the Little Flower of the Mohawks

2014-07-14T12:55:08-04:00July 14th, 2014|Categories: Spirituality|Tags: , , , , |

In learning more about St Kateri Tekakwitha I was struck by the connecting points between her and St Therese of Lisieux. Both were orphaned. Both suffered from a terrible disease. Both died at the age of just 24. Therese was called "the Little Flower". Kateri was called "the Lily of the Mohawks" Pictured are two antique [...]

Works Without Faith is Dead

2013-11-05T10:17:39-04:00November 5th, 2013|Categories: Catholic Culture|Tags: , , , , |

The old debate still rages in which Catholics dispute with Protestants who say that salvation is by "faith alone." Yes, we like to pick out the verse from the epistle of James which says that "faith without works is dead." If we're going to talk the talk we have to walk the walk. Action speak louder [...]

Frodo Baggins and St Therese

2013-05-25T11:49:32-04:00May 25th, 2013|Categories: The Inklings and Friends|Tags: , , |

The Little Way Through Middle Earth  is a long article I wrote some time ago for Stratford Caldecott's journal, Second Spring. I have uploaded it here, and over the weeks ahead plan to start publishing more of my archived articles that were written for various publications. Go here to read the article. I hope you enjoy it!

Thomas Aquinas the the Flying Nun

2013-01-28T10:23:53-04:00January 28th, 2013|Categories: Theology|Tags: , , , , |

  In a nearby convent there was a nun who had taken to levitating during mystical prayer. The people were, of course, stupefied by this astounding miracle and were flocking to see the flying nun. The novices in Thomas' friary were just as excited as the others and dragged the great philosopher off to see the [...]

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