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Many people try to make abortion strictly a political battle. Others attempt to make it a scientific debate. Still others reduce it to a subjective argument in which “no one person” is right or wrong – that it’s all about “what’s right for you.” None of these give the full picture, and all fail to… View More

There is probably a screen in the middle of your living room. There has been a screen in the middle of American living rooms since the 1950s. Its presence rearranged furniture and changed the focus of the ones sitting in those chairs—no longer looking at one another, but pointed at that screen.

What are your hopes for youth ministry? I want to help change the perspective of teenagers. When teenagers get involved in their faith in a youth group or when they come to an event like this, they think that they’re seeking God. They think they’re going out of their way for God, but very seldom…

What made Zacchaeus climb the tree that day? Sure, he was short, but that’s still a lot to go through just to see someone. Yes, Jesus was developing a quasi-rock-star celebrity status—but tree climbing? It was so impulsive and so uncivilized. Others in the town had heard of Jesus. Many turned out—although doubtless some…

The mountain is important. Why not beside the sea, where so many other teachings and miracles took place? Why not in the boat on the sea, like the others? Perhaps because when scaling a mountain, many things occur. Your perspective changes. Your effort changes. Steps aren’t easy; they require effort. Breathing isn’t easy; it requires…

Lent is here again, which obviously means one thing: It’s time for the holiest people to shine. That’s right, it’s a foot race and I’m in it to win it, baby! I’m going to kick your tail from here to Gehenna; ain’t no one gonna “out-sacrifice” me this Lent. I’m going to go over…

Have you ever seen the crucifixion of your Savior? Not in a movie, but in your own heart, in prayer? Have you ever truly pictured Golgotha, where Christ was executed for you? Try to picture it now. When the earthquake subsided and the darkness lifted that Friday afternoon, it must have resembled something like…

At seventeen years old I was given a great gift from God. It was one day during my Senior year when I was asked to participate in an after school event. About two dozen students were gathered awaiting our instructions when I saw a sight more radiant than any other. There before me, not…

The following is an email that was recently sent out to a certain Parish staff, alerting them of the latest team update: To Whom It May Concern: In agreement with the clearly delineated Diocesan norms for termination of employment, below are just a handful of the reasons we were forced to fire Jesus of Nazareth…

I once had a very observant teen lean over (in the middle of Mass) and ask me, ‘Hey Mark, what does the ‘IHS’ stand for on the gold box up there?’