READINGS Genesis 2: 18-24 Psalm 148 Romans 12: 1-2, 9-18 Matthew 5:13-16 *** God, in his eternal plan, knew that our group of friends didn’t have a chance without at least one priest- he had a dozen options for Catholic kids but he ended up having to settle for me, the one Protestant kid in […]
15th Sunday – Cycle A Gospel: Mt. 13:1-23 I had the honor of con-celebrating a wedding for some of my good friends Friday. They are an amazing couple; they are talented, good together, and so excited about their faith. The whole evening was full of stories about the providential work of God in bringing the […]
Much more exciting than it sounds. Marina & Matt chat about relationships, drama, and the Friend Zone, all covered in Sarah Swafford’s book Emotional Virtue: A Guide to Drama-free Relationships. LINKS (Outro music) Haste the Morning by David & Deidre Casey – ALBUM & SONG Emotional Virtue by Sarah Swafford – BOOK *** Like what you […]
This the debut column for a new Mountain Catholic feature called “Dear Catholic Girl…” Send your own questions to email@example.com. ****** Hey Catholic Girl, So my girlfriend has been with guys before me, and I’ve been with girls before her. And I’d really like to marry this girl, but we have so much baggage. How do I […]
A version of this article first appeared on Aleteia. ***** “Do we convert souls by diluting and capitulating?” “I hope Jesus doesn’t lower His standards in hopes of making us more committed” “Here we go, changing our values to meet the needs of those who want it their way and not the way of the Catholic church.” […]
Poopy diapers can teach us a lot about the spiritual life. Click below to listen to our latest podcast on fatherhood. Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/
“In most cases it would have been possible to do something better than what an individual person actually did do. And yet it would be wrong to say that one is always duty-bound to do the best possible thing. That is simply not possible.” -Robert Spaemann, Basic Moral Concepts It’s NFP Awareness week. While I’m […]
Deacon Longo preached this homily at his sister’s wedding. Although the homily is addressed to the particular couple the message it contains is universal. Mass readings: Sirach 26: 1-4, 13-16; Psalm 34: 2-9; Romans 12: 1-2, 9-18; Mark 10: 6-9. Kathryn and Eric, you made it – fully intact. No one broke any bones last night, and no […]
“Google it, but be careful.” – John Hall Our amateur canon law expert, John Hall, discusses the nuts and bolts of what makes a marriage valid or invalid, while Matthew Petesch and Matthew Sewell make sure he doesn’t use too many big words. Listen below or click here to listen on iTunes.
Because Marriage existed as a part of God’s natural plan for human beings before Christ elevated it to the level of a sacrament, it can be hard to understand what makes a marriage valid and sacramental, valid and merely natural, or invalid all together. A lot of what happens when the Church thinks about particular cases […]
To read the first 5 truth bombs on marriage, click here. You won’t regret it. Weddings are a big deal in our culture. Between the months of June & September (and all year on Pinterest…ladies) there’s hardly anything else on the minds of most 20-somethings in America. And yet, marriage, especially as a religious institution, is in a […]
A big, huge event just ended in Rome a couple days ago. At least, if you followed the American media you’d think it was huge, anyway. The Synod on the Family, though significant enough in its ability to be a litmus test of where the world’s bishops stand on key issues, was never going to change […]
Priesthood or Married Life? Consecrated Single Life or Religious Life? Diocesan Priesthood or Religious Priesthood? Religious Life or Married Life? Pick one! Quick! This could be the most difficult and important question you answer in your entire life! Are you stressed out yet? Yes, it’s important. But are you making it harder on yourself […]
Over the past half century or so, the institution of marriage has fallen on hard times. It’s not for lack of trying, though. The wedding industry is big business, taking up public consciousness for what seems to be all summer every summer (and year round on Pinterest….ladies). But sadly, I think the true perception of a wedding’s purpose […]
Not only is there SO much more to Natural Family Planning (NFP) that our doubly ignorant (they don’t know that they don’t know) society isn’t aware of, but that gap in knowledge is unfortunately filled with the mindset that NFP really means “the rhythm method” and that anyone who uses it is doing nothing more than leaving solely up to chance whether or not they get pregnant.