• “They say there’s a heaven for those who will wait
    Some say it’s better, but I say it ain’t
    I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints
    The sinners are much more fun
    You know that only the good die young.”

    Read any line of Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young” and you’ll find the song’s simple message ringing through: The Church’s rules are stuffy and useless, so give in to carnal desires and have fun. By his own admission, “The point of the song wasn’t so much anti-Catholic as pro-lust,” but it’s also hard to see the difference in this case. Joel painted Catholicism (or maybe the Church in general) as an institution disconnected from the world, out of touch with people’s reality, and burdensome to normal living.

    But this sentiment is not limited culturally Jewish New Yorkers with a lot of experience living around Catholics. No, this is an argument that even some Christians have made: The Church’s moral standards are too high. Setting up rules and regulations completely disconnected from the lived reality of people today, the Church, some say, expect what is impossible when what it should do is “lower the bar” a bit and set more attainable goals. Why set the ideal as the bar when everyone is going to fall short?

    As you can imagine, I am not one of these people. For me, the Church’s moral standards are exactly where they need to be because they point us to exactly where we need to be going: the kingdom of heaven.

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    Some say the Church’s moral standards are too high. I think they’re right where they need to be.

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    We all know what it’s like to be physically hungry. But what about spiritually hungry?

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  • Hidden in Plain Sight

    Sometimes, something is so obvious we just don’t see it. Even God.

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  • The Danger of Christian Apologetics

    Apologetics are important. Which is why we need to do it right.

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  • A Pilgrimage to the Holiest Place on Earth!

    There are many holy places in the world… but only one like this

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  • There Are Things I Can’t Show You

    I present a lot about our life as friars, but it is not an open book. Some things just can’t be shared. And that’s a shame, because they’re the best parts.

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  • The Vote Passed!

    Big News for the Franciscans of the United States!

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  • I’ve Reached My Limit

    I’ve done a lot on my own. Now I’m looking for partners.

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  • The Future of Religious Life

    Many see religious life as a dying institution. I see it as an institution in transformation.

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  • Death Is Always Tragic

    No matter the age, there is always something tragic about death

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