• How big is your faith?

    I say I have faith. I preach the faith. Yet I pass the San Gabriel Mountains, and I do not see them move. In fact, at rush hour, my car barely moves.

  • Remains of Rebellion

    Every generation in its turn is proud of its accomplishments — proud even to the point of arrogance. Usually we’re a lot more impressed than we ought to be. As we get older, if we are wise like King Solomon, we come to realize that “Nothing is new under the sun!”

  • OK, you were right, Dad

    Now that people call me Father, I’m beginning to appreciate the trouble I made for my dad when I was young. I’m not talking about any spectacular rebellion. But, like a lot of young guys, I bristled at the idea that anyone should have authority over me.

  • Repent and Believe

    Repentance and belief: these are not two unrelated ideas. The more we indulge our sinful thoughts and desires, the more difficult it is to sustain a life of faith. We no longer see reality as it is. We become blinded by the motes and beams we’ve allowed to impair us.

  • Leading up to Lent

    Lent is a great gift of our tradition. It’s forty days when we get God’s help to change the things we most need to change. Make the most of it.

  • What are we waiting for?

    One of the symptoms of our fallen nature is an itch — a dissatisfaction with the way things are. It’s a restlessness that makes us want to move on, to do something else or go somewhere different. But our impulsive, random changes don’t fix the problem.

  • History’s restless heart

    “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless till they rest in you.” So said Saint Augustine, who was a man of many gifts, but more sins. He was at the same time a spiritual seeker and a spiritual slacker.  

     

  • How to Make It in the Movies

    Want to know how to make it to the top in show business?

    I know, I know what you’re thinking: I’m a priest! How should I know?

  • It’s about time

    “Live in the moment!” It’s useful advice. I hear it a lot when I’m worrying or over-planning. Maybe you do, too.

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Is the devil real?

Russell Shaw

Is the devil real? Here is Msgr. Ronald Knox on that: “It is stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the devil, when he is the only explanation of it.”

 

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