Love Wins. Death No More.

What if we lived as though death no longer existed?

No, but really. What if we lived as though death was literally not an option for us? What if we chose to radically live in the newness of life that Jesus offers us through His Resurrection?

By living as if death no longer existed, I don’t mean living naively as though to ignore the reality of death. Living this way means viewing death on earth not as an end to life, but a new beginning, the start of an eternity in the presence of God.

I Killed Jesus.

I think it’s easy to read the Bible like it’s a history book. Moses parted the sea, Jesus died on a cross, Columbus sailed across the ocean. I know it’s more than an account of historic events but I often struggle to see how it applies to my life. “They” (that collective, scholarly, holy group […]

Love in the Face of Evil

I got together with an old friend a few months ago. Toney is a friend I met long ago at the Steubenville West conference, and the last number of years of Toney’s life have truly inspired me. While we were talking I was moved to share his story with you; He has given me permission […]

My Walk Down the Aisle

This past week I was left breathless and inspired at the same moment. My daddy Jim, the man whose love for my mother gave me life, breathed his last breath. It was a sudden death that brought him into eternal life. His life inspired me in more ways than a three minute eulogy can ever proclaim and to this moment he continues to inspire me.

Purgatory: Heaven’s Waiting Room

Consider this analogy. Have you ever tried to put a wrinkled dollar bill into a soda machine? You try your best to straighten it out but the machine simply can’t receive it in its wrinkled, tattered state. But if you put in a crisp, new bill, the machine takes it no problem. Purgatory is where all the “wrinkles” are purged and “ironed out.” Remember, the wrinkled dollar is not worth less than the new one it just needs some help.

Put simply, Purgatory means you’ll get to heaven some day, but that you have a few things God has to “iron out” first.

What Are You Living For?: A Letter from Heaven

What if I told you that your life was halfway over? I’m guessing you’re 15 or 16, maybe 17 years old. What if I told you that your life expectancy was to live until you were 32 years old? I know what you’re thinking – “dude, most people live past 32. You’re being way over-dramatic.” […]

A Great Day to Die

If I want to live, there are things in me that need to die. My selfishness, my lust, my greed, my grudges, and my sin have got to go.

Each day we're faced with this choice: will I live for myself or will I lay my life down? Is my life focused on success or sacrifice?

When we walk into a church, we are confronted with the radical call to die. When we see the baptismal font, we are reminded that it's only through death that we can rise with Christ. And when we dip our fingers into the Holy Water, we trace the sign of the cross to say, 'God, drown whatever needs to be drowned in my heart. I want to live with you, so I'm willing to die like you.'

Rejoice?: The Aftermath of a School Shooting

It was Gaudete Sunday and as the third candle of the Advent Wreath was lit at Mass we were called to rejoice, but my heart didn't really feel like rejoicing. A prayer intention for the victims and their families and what seemed to be a small mention of Friday's heartbreak during the homily didn't seem enough to express what so many of our hearts were feeling.

How can we rejoice, God?

In the midst of all of this pain and hurt how can we rejoice today, this week, or on Christmas morning?

Rejoice?: The Aftermath of a School Shooting

It was Gaudete Sunday and as the third candle of the Advent Wreath was lit at Mass we were called to rejoice, but my heart didn't really feel like rejoicing. A prayer intention for the victims and their families and what seemed to be a small mention of Friday's heartbreak during the homily didn't seem enough to express what so many of our hearts were feeling.

How can we rejoice, God?

In the midst of all of this pain and hurt how can we rejoice today, this week, or on Christmas morning?

Mayan Mayhem: Are We Gonna Die Young?

Christ Himself told us that nobody knows the day or the hour that He will return to judge the living and dead on earth. Not the Mayans, not a television preacher, and certainly not Ke$ha. This means that tomorrow Christ could show up. Would your soul be ready, or would you wish you had more time? The truth about 'living like you are going to die young,' is that we should be living like today is our last day, but realizing that there is eternal life after death. We should be making the most of our lives today … but not through sin, but virtue.

Mayan Mayhem: Are We Gonna Die Young?

Christ Himself told us that nobody knows the day or the hour that He will return to judge the living and dead on earth. Not the Mayans, not a television preacher, and certainly not Ke$ha. This means that tomorrow Christ could show up. Would your soul be ready, or would you wish you had more time? The truth about 'living like you are going to die young,' is that we should be living like today is our last day, but realizing that there is eternal life after death. We should be making the most of our lives today … but not through sin, but virtue.

Why Do Catholics Believe in the personal and final judgments?

Catholics believe in the personal and final judgments because Christ told us we would be judged for all of our actions and that He, the Good Shepherd, would separate us like sheeps from goats, the good from the bad.

St. John of the Cross said, 'On the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.'

All of our actions here on earth matter because we believe that we were created to spend eternity with God. Therefore the things that we do and don't do have an effect on our souls. If we don't choose God on earth, how will we be ready (or willing) to spend eternity loving Him?

Why Do Catholics Believe in the personal and final judgments?

Catholics believe in the personal and final judgments because Christ told us we would be judged for all of our actions and that He, the Good Shepherd, would separate us like sheeps from goats, the good from the bad.

St. John of the Cross said, 'On the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.'

All of our actions here on earth matter because we believe that we were created to spend eternity with God. Therefore the things that we do and don't do have an effect on our souls. If we don't choose God on earth, how will we be ready (or willing) to spend eternity loving Him?

Live for Heaven

Everyone wants to be remembered fondly. Have you ever thought about what kind of legacy you're leaving behind? The truth is, your legacy is up to you. Many things in life were just handed to you and you can't change them. Where you were born wasn't up to you. It's a part of your story that is already written. But you story isn't over, and the pen is in your hand. However, our story shouldn't just be pointing people towards us. It should be pointing people towards God, the true Author of Life.

Live for Heaven

Everyone wants to be remembered fondly. Have you ever thought about what kind of legacy you're leaving behind? The truth is, your legacy is up to you. Many things in life were just handed to you and you can't change them. Where you were born wasn't up to you. It's a part of your story that is already written. But you story isn't over, and the pen is in your hand. However, our story shouldn't just be pointing people towards us. It should be pointing people towards God, the true Author of Life.

You’re Not Just Some “Body”

'So, I was looking in the mirror today and actually got a glimpse of my butt. It’s extraordinarily big!' Says Jenny, 17. Yes, Jenny was blessed with a round tushy that could probably outshine Beyonce. But Jenny hates it.

You’re Not Just Some “Body”

'So, I was looking in the mirror today and actually got a glimpse of my butt. It’s extraordinarily big!' Says Jenny, 17. Yes, Jenny was blessed with a round tushy that could probably outshine Beyonce. But Jenny hates it.

Why Do Catholics Bury the Dead?

Catholics take care to honor and bury the dead because St. Paul tells us that we are temples of the Holy Spirit, that God lives in our very bodies and therefore we should honor God with them (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Honoring the body doesn't stop after the person has died.

Why Do Catholics Bury the Dead?

Catholics take care to honor and bury the dead because St. Paul tells us that we are temples of the Holy Spirit, that God lives in our very bodies and therefore we should honor God with them (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Honoring the body doesn't stop after the person has died.

The Mystery of Heaven

In the Gospel Jesus compares heaven to life, light, peace, a wedding feast, the Father's house, the heavenly Jerusalem, and paradise. But ultimately, we don't know what it's like. 'No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him' (1 Corinthians 2:9). The fact is, we'll just have to wait and see.

'What do you mean, wait and see,' you ask. 'I thought people have visions of heaven! So don't we know?' . . .