Gold Stars and Bloody Crosses

As an elementary school student, I was a people pleaser and a teacher’s pet. I always wanted to be the first one with the right answer. I thrived with the affirmation that a teacher would give me when I got it right. I covered my desk with the gold stars […]

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Will The Real Men, Please Stand Up?

“Christ the new Adam, in the very revelation of the mystery of the Father and of His love, fully reveals man to himself and brings to light his most high calling” Guadium et Spes, 22 A principal element of the crisis of authentic masculinity is the fact that men, and […]

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Which of Them Will Love Him More?

Saturday night I went to vigil Mass and absorbed the readings and Gospel. I paid close attention to the judgment and disgust the Pharisees had for the “sinful woman” and the mercy and forgiveness Jesus showers on her. I was shocked at the courage this woman had to enter a […]

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Ministering to Teens Overcoming Pornography

We all have moments in ministry when we have no idea what to do or how we will manage to get through the situation at hand. I have been in full-time parish ministry for four years and this year has been full of moments where I threw my hands in […]

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Our God makes the dead rise. It isn’t an abstract thought or concept. It isn’t a philosophical metaphor. The readings today (1 KGS 17:17-24, GAL 1:11-19, LK 7:11-17) center around one of the defining qualities of God – He breathes life into what was once lifeless. He animates what was still. Our God […]

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Into the Breach: A Crusade for Manliness

“There is need for a crusade of manliness and purity to counteract and undo the savage work of those who think that man is a beast. And that crusade is a matter for you.” – St. Josemaria Escriva There is indeed a need to rediscover authentic masculinity because let’s face […]

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Summer Stagnancy

Congratulations! You’ve survived your BIG Summer Camp/Conference/Mission Trip/Obligatory Summer Youth Ministry Event. The bus has been paid in full; permission slips tucked away in the file cabinet, and that one teen’s sleeping bag is still in your office. Time to kick your feet up and enjoy a few days off […]

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Do This In Remembrance of Me

Whenever I read the Gospel of the Loaves and Fishes (Luke 9:11-17), I wish I could’ve been one of the more than 5,000 people in the crowd. Being “vertically challenged” myself, I’m not sure what I would’ve seen or heard. This wasn’t a concert. Jesus wasn’t projected on a large […]

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Summer Event Follow-Up: Twenty Ideas

Bruce Lee, one of the world’s greatest martial arts masters once said, “the successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” The can be said of youth ministers. Successful youth ministers do not simply bring teenagers to summer events. They plan, with laser-like focus, the follow up before they […]

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Summer as Opportunity

Game nights, movie nights, bible studies, mass and lunch days, baseball games, ultimate frisbee games, praise & worship nights… the list of summer planning opportunities is endless. I’m not referring to the mission trips, Steubenville Conferences, Life Teen Camp, or other “big” events that would demand long-term planning and fundraising. […]

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