True ministry is about tending the flock, not punching a clock. Churches need brave leaders now more than ever.
A parish or diocese that isn’t on mission in service of the Gospel in every fiber of its operation is simply managing its own decline, waiting for its inevitable death.
The key takeaway in Disney's The Beauty and the Beast is that the beholding of beauty -- the loving of beauty -- inherently makes one less beastly. Beauty, in short, begets beauty.
This book is clear, concise, and persuasive all in the same breath. Seeing the Church's truth, goodness, and beauty so effortlessly spelled out without getting too technical is truly masterful.
The story of Sixtus II and his holy companions should not only stir within us a zeal for our own faith, but should teach us the value of staying hope-filled amidst a fallen world.
St. Peter wasn’t crucified upside down for some aloof God. St. Engratia didn’t have her side ripped open, St. Lucy her eyes plucked out, St. Lawrence his flesh grilled alive, or St. Matthew his skin flayed off for some meaningless existence. St. Maximilian Kolbe giving his life in place of another was a silly thing to do, if all the world is merely God’s fidget spinner.