No matter where we look today, we see angry talking heads. Flip on any news channel, right or left, and there they are. Sometimes I notice they’ve managed to stuff 6-8 people on there, all yelling, grimacing, looking smug. When I go to take refuge in the millennial news world of YouTube, I see younger, […]
After opening up Facebook the other day, one of the site’s ever-so-regulated trending stories caught my eye. The headline had to do with Donald Trump’s running mate, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana, specifically an op-ed he supposedly wrote in 1999 about Disney’s Mulan being a piece of liberal propaganda in favor of allowing women into […]
Chances are, if you’re reading this, you have a friend or seventeen who are on pilgrimage to World Youth Day this week in Krakow, Poland. But you aren’t there, and this probably perfectly describes you having to stay home: Well, never fear. For those of us watching the action from the sidelines this World Youth […]
Whenever a group of people gathers in Aspen, Colorado, the reason typically has little to do with matters of faith, and is perhaps often devoid of faith altogether. But with a new movement beginning at Aspen’s local Catholic parish, that may become the case less and less. In the heart of downtown sits St. Mary’s Catholic Church, its white steeple towering […]
NOTE: This column appears in full at Spokane Faith & Values. It has graciously been given permission for reposting at MtnCatholic.com. When I think of religious misconceptions and the Catholic Church, I legitimately have to stifle a laugh as I think to myself, “Where do I even start?” It’s almost as sure a thing as death and […]
Pope Francis has tweeted a lot of inspiring things in 2015. Here are our favorites: 1. 126.96.36.199.6. 188.8.131.52.
Were you disappointed with Pope Francis trip to America? Most American Catholics were hoping to hear the Holy Father speak out against gay marriage and abortion; the two issues that are pressing upon the American people. But he didn’t. Francis consciously chose to avoid these issues. For some, the Pope’s silence on these matters is […]
Have you ever wondered what an American pilgrimage looks like? Check out the blog from The Helena Boys (seminarians from the Diocese of Helena, MT). In their blog, The Helena Boys document their pilgrimage from Denver to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis. Traveling in an old-yellow school bus, The Helena Boys embraced adventure and Providence as […]
Those who have read C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe will remember well the book’s closing sequence — a battle between the White Witch and Aslan, who, accompanied by scores of animals from all throughout Narnia, eventually defeated her and brought peace to Narnia. Organizing his troops for battle, Aslan says: And now! Those who can’t […]
Food, fat, and comedy are some of the words that Jim Gaffigan identifies with. He has built his humble comedic empire on these three things. Whether it’s bacon, Hot Pockets, or McDonald’s, they all have a place in Jim Gaffigan’s routine and his stomach. But Gaffigan is not just a fat comedian who loves food. […]
Pope Francis just started Year Three of his papacy, and commentary has been rife with predictions and analysis of what’s still to come, the meaning of his first two years, whether he’s been good or bad, and on down the line. The quality of any article on this particular pope, given his personality and wide-ranging appeal, typically runs […]
The Diocese of Spokane received its new shepherd, Bishop Thomas Anthony Daly of San José, California, a couple months ago, and honestly it was like an early Christmas present. Not having a bishop for all of Lent and the better part of 4 months was a bit of a bummer, so the long-awaited news was […]
We’re driven by our culture to believe that something far beyond simple, daily tasks are needed to find fulfillment or worth in life. However, if we look in the right places and do those tasks with the right mindset, our lives will become infinitely more valuable than we ever though possible, especially in the eyes of the One who created us and our day-to-day life.
There is such a thing as irresponsibility in parenthood, but, as the pope notes, having more children is not necessarily an irresponsible action. The irresponsible thing, therefore, may be not having children.
When September rolls around, I often joke to friends, “Two things happen on Sundays in the fall: Mass and Broncos football.” As a lifelong fan of the Orange and Blue, the fall Sunday ritual has been a mainstay for as long as I can remember. For most of my life, I lived and died from […]
I was 8 years old in 1997 when Gatorade released their famous “Michael vs. Mia” commercial starring Michael Jordan and Mia Hamm. Both were at the pinnacle of their respective athletic careers, so naturally they were shown battling against one another in a handful of sports to the tune of Irving Berlin’s “Anything You Can Do.” The […]
Here’s a story. Josh and Zach weren’t friends, but they each knew who the other was. Both were relatively powerful guys—Zach was a rich and successful businessman, while Josh was in charge of a popular new view on the world that was sweeping the nation at the time. Josh was well liked among most regular […]
Pope Francis has been nothing if not a media superstar since he ascended to the Chair in March. From embracing disfigured men while driving through the streets of Rome to the story just released that he was once a bouncer, the guy has been winning the hearts of Catholics and non-Catholics like it’s going out of style. […]