Understanding Laudato Si

Five years ago, Pope Francis promulgated Laudato Si, the first ever encyclical devoted to the environment. It is a fantastic work of theology, looking to the signs of the times and offering a comprehensive approach to the ills facing… Read More

5 Tips to Being Evil

What is the utmost goal of every Christian? Or, at least, what should it be? As far as I can tell, the clear answer is “holiness.” We seek to be like the one who came to be like us…. Read More

What Did Pope Francis Say About the Amazon?

If you’ve followed Catholic news much over the past year, you know that there has been a lot of attention give to the Amazon region. Pope Francis convened a synod to explore the needs of the people and… Read More

Enter the Desert

The following is my homily for the 2nd Sunday in Advent, Year A. The readings can be found here. Have you ever been out in the desert? I mean, like, really out there. I drove cross country once from San… Read More

The Church’s Stance on the Death Penalty

I have to say: the issue of the death penalty baffles me in the Catholic Church. How we pride ourselves on being a people of life! How we claim that all life is sacred and should be protected!… Read More

Going After the Lost

The following is my homily for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. The readings can be found here. I lived in a fraternity once in which things would mysteriously go missing or show up in strange places…. Read More

Gaudete Et Exsultate

Did you hear about Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete Et Exsultate? It’s pretty amazing, if I do say so myself. Not only is it the spiritual food that our world and Church needs today, it’s not too theological,… Read More

Opening the Doors: The Year of Mercy

On December 8 of last year, Pope Francis officially opened the doors to the “Year of Mercy,” a focused effort to remind us of the mercy God shows us each and every day, and a call to show… Read More

#PopeInDC

Yesterday was just like any other day. I woke up around 6:30, prayed morning prayer with the brothers, and went to Catholic University for many hours. Oh, and how could I forget? We ordered pizza for dinner because… Read More

Pope Francis: Successor of Peter

I’m not sure if you’re heard this or not, but Pope Francis is coming to the United States next week! Yeah, kind of a big deal. As a part of his three-city tour, the pope will be celebrating… Read More

Is It Tough To Preach There?

If time flies when you’re having fun, it seems to break the sound barrier when you’re busy living out your life’s calling. After eight weeks that I will forever remember at our parish in Triangle, VA, I find… Read More

The View From the Periphery

History is one of my favorite subjects. Learning about those who have gone before us, their innovations and mistakes, is one of the most valuable things we can study; realizing that we have the ability to affect history… Read More