Hope in Darkness: The Tension of Jesus’ Birth in a Violent World

These events remind us how fragile life is and how vulnerable we are. They frighten us. They leave us asking, “What is going on, Lord? Can’t you come and make this right? Can’t you come and fix this now? What are you waiting for?”

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I Was a Christmas Brat

“You got me the wrong gift! That wasn’t what I wanted!” I cried.

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The Swing

Suddenly, a realization hit me: I’m pretty grumpy. I am really worried. I’m overwhelmed by anxiety right now.

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At the Foot of the Cross

The past becomes our present, and at Mass we look forward to the great wedding feast in heaven.

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Be Epic: A Dude’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

Nay, my brothers – I submit to you a better way. After all, as Christian men we don’t need a day to fight for and stand up in support of true love – but since the world has given us one anyway, we should make the most of it. Whether you are single, dating, engaged to be engaged, or planning a video game marathon this weekend – here is your bro approved guide to Valentine’s Day:

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Santa Jesus

What I found up in that attic shocked me. There were empty boxes from our Christmas presents. This may not seem all that weird – except these were boxes from the Christmas presents we received from Santa Claus… and Santa didn’t bring them in boxes.

A horrific reality sunk in: My parents’ had kidnapped Santa Claus.

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Advent Car Crash: What do Death and Christmas Have in Common?

Joel Stepanek reflects on death and what it has to do with Advent. Why does the Catholic Church focus on something so depressing during a time we just want to be joyful and drink peppermint mochas?

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Heroic Masculinity

If we want to understand masculinity, we have to understand God’s original purpose for it. When God created the first man, Adam, He gave him three very important tasks: Adam needed to cultivate life in the garden, he was charged by God to help create new life, and he was the garden’s protector.

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Embracing Advancement: An Exciting Life Support Update

A couple of years ago, I sat in my office and watched a video that Life Teen posted of the newest Life Support box being packaged. I sat, awestruck, at the great things that were going to be coming my way. I got excited at all of the new Life Nights and retreat sessions I could plan with these incredible materials… and then I waited.

And waited.

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I Thought I was the Youth Ministry Messiah

I accepted a ministry position at a parish that had a floundering youth ministry program, and was confident I would rebuild it. In fact, at one of my first staff meetings I boldly declared that, “by the end of the year, there will be at least 100 teens at every Life Night.” I am the youth ministry messiah, and I have come to save your parish.

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