Over at Ignitum Today: The Transcendent Joy of Etty Hillesum

Etty’s witness is evidence that we do not need to fear suffering so much as we need to fear separation from God. The things of this world will eventually all pass away—sometimes in terrifying fashion—but if we keep ourselves rooted in the God who transcends all earthly things, we can find a hope that will … More Over at Ignitum Today: The Transcendent Joy of Etty Hillesum

Over at Ignitum Today: Talents, Vocation, and Stewardship

Our gifts are all meant to be used for a certain purpose; we shouldn’t be discouraged when they don’t pan out for a particular use but should prayerfully seek the right setting. Generosity and frugality are both gifts when used correctly; so are shyness and boldness, spontaneity and careful planning. We are all given a … More Over at Ignitum Today: Talents, Vocation, and Stewardship

Over at Ignitum Today: Why Do Catholics Venerate Relics?

I’ve heard several people express the sentiment that of all Catholic traditions, the veneration of relics is the one they least understand, and they are maybe even a little creeped out by it. In a way, I get it—it seems a little weird and morbid to take the earthly remains of a saint and wear … More Over at Ignitum Today: Why Do Catholics Venerate Relics?

Over at Ignitum Today: Servant of the Servants of God: Reflections on Pope Francis’s Visit to NYC

I was able to speak with the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal at Our Lady Queen of Angels Convent the day after Pope Francis visited with the students at the grade school there. The biggest takeaway from my conversations with them, besides their overwhelming joy (One sister said, “We are still walking on air after … More Over at Ignitum Today: Servant of the Servants of God: Reflections on Pope Francis’s Visit to NYC

Over at Ignitum Today: Mary: Daughter, Mother, and Spouse of God

God created Mary as daughter, mother, and spouse: Daughter of the Father, mother of the Son, and spouse of the Holy Spirit; Daughter of Anne and Joachim, mother of Jesus and of us all, and wife of Joseph. Likewise, all women are called to be the daughter, mother, and spouse of God, in ways that … More Over at Ignitum Today: Mary: Daughter, Mother, and Spouse of God