Meeting St. Maria Goretti
It was only by chance that I came across a blog post advertising the tour of the relics of Saint Maria Goretti.
For those who don’t know, Maria Goretti was an 11-year-old girl who had been targetted by a neighbor boy who had ambitions to rape her. She fought him off, so he stabbed her fourteen times. She was found alive, and witnesses saw her forgive her attacker. Then... Read More
Pope Francis in Central Park
A couple of weeks ago, my father emailed me letting me know that he had access to four tickets to see the Pope in Central Park, that he would not be able to use them (he was going to be away)… would I like them?
I told him give me a day, I’ll think about it.
A half-a-second later, I jumped at the opportunity, and immediately tried to make up for those times where... Read More
Friday Night Meetup in New York City
As you are well aware, the Pope is visiting America. And His Holiness will be arriving in New York City on Thursday for a few days.
Due to unpredictable circumstances, I happened upon a few tickets to see His Holiness in the Central Park motorcade, which will happen around 5pm. I will be near 72nd Street, West side.
After which, a guy must eat.
For those... Read More
What To Do If You Stop Feeling God’s Presence
For a couple of times this past week, someone had posted on the Christianity board on Reddit about their personal relationship with God, how they had once enjoyed feeling His Presence, and that currently that had gone away. They were tempted to see this as a losing of “faith” (even though one’s lack of feeling God’s presence today does not nullify their... Read More
Godspell: Hopelessly Dated, or Ahead of Its Time?
Has there ever been a musical that has dated itself more quickly than Godspell?
When growing up, this musical was everywhere. If off-Broadway wasn’t covering it, your junior high school was. If they weren’t covering it, your church’s arts program was.
Other than a short-lived revival in 2011, Godspell has faded into obsolescence. Perhaps there will still... Read More
The Top Buzzworthy Praise and Worship Songs
Every six months Christian Copyright Licensing, Inc. (CCLI)—a copyright permissions service for Christian worship songs—releases the results of its survey of the top worship songs for the previous time period. You can find the Top 25 results here.
I scour these lists and I put them through a series of tests to craft an altogether different list—the most buzzworthy songs... Read More
Update on My Lofty Ministry Plans
It has been too long since I have given an update of any kind to my ministry. I have been scurrying about, learning new skills, slowly but surely setting into place a new paradigm for how I will best serve you, helping craft the right products for those here who are interested.
My Video Studio
The biggest change I’ve had is that my basement video studio is 90% complete.
Ever... Read More
Why Most Catholics Don’t Evangelize
I delve into my Catholic history books and read up on the saints such as St. Patrick, St. Francis de Sales, and St. John Bosco.
These were men who knew their faith and were bold in sharing it with others. These were individuals, emblazoned by the Holy Spirit, going forth in order to bring forth converts to the Church. They would go into distant lands, and persuade many others... Read More
My Thoughts on Jon Stewart
After sixteen long years, Jon Stewart’s tenure as host of The Daily Show has finally come to an end.
After such an assignment, he has left a legacy that has changed both comedy and culture forever, for both better and worse.
If you could not tell already, I have very mixed feelings about his legacy that he is left behind.
Memories of Late-Night Television Watching
In... Read More
How to Read C.S. Lewis Audiobooks For Free
We can agree that reading is a seminal part of our internal growth. We are called to continually learn about our faith, to continually grow. One of the Great Commandments is for us to “Love the Lord with our Whole Mind”, and we do so through many tasks, among which is reading.
But our lives can be very busy; we always have something to do. Reading takes effort. Even when... Read More
Ten Insights from Pope Francis on the New Evangelization
After listening to the free Evangelization Conference talks, I was inspired to read the papal encyclicals for myself, in regards to the New Evangelization.
My first document was to be Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel“). I read the whole document and took many notes.
The document is very rich. It jumps around a lot,... Read More
Free MP3s for the New Evangelization
Years ago, I had attended an apologetics conference at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. I was not Catholic at the time, but by the end of the conference, my life had changed. I had purchased the entire cassette library of all the talks; they were held for many years as a precious treasure for me.
Many of us would greatly benefit by going to a conference for apologetics.... Read More
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