Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Death of Pride (and some clarifications)

What good I have done as a person is known by some. What bad I have done as a person is known in bits and pieces by many, and to my wife and confessor in full. Please don’t ask them … Continue reading

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The Death of Activism

When I was in high school, I took a class on Catholic Social Teaching that was essentially a course on the benefits and methods of active non-violent pacifism (which, by the by, is not all CST has to offer). By … Continue reading

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The Birth of Holiness Part 3: Fast Track to Heaven

If you haven’t been following the last couple of posts, you either need to read them or go see the movie The Princess Bride to know what I’m talking about in this one. The movie is probably better, though. So … Continue reading

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The Birth of Holiness Part 2: God Getting Busy

So the last post ended with me saying God needs to nurse us back to health. Every time I hear the phrase “nurse back to health”, I think of the following scene from The Princess Bride (look at me getting … Continue reading

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The Birth of Holiness (Part 1): Whiskey and Saints

One of my favorite traditions my guy friends and I have is what we call a whiskey circle: we gather together, a question is asked, a bottle of whiskey is passed around, and you must answer the question and take … Continue reading

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Is Christianity True?

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen the movie¬†Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and you want to at some point, don’t read this post. I’m definitely going to ruin the ending. If you’re going to be a Christian worth your salt, … Continue reading

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In a Nutshell…

My experience at Mass yesterday evening was pretty much a microcosm of everything I love about Catholicism. First of all, the readings rocked. St. Paul reminds us that our weakness is to be embraced because it can allow Christ to … Continue reading

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The Death of the Forest and the Trees

A good friend commented on my last post that she’s always thought running is a good metaphor for life. I agree. I could spend about nine posts talking about all the things I did wrong training for that marathon and … Continue reading

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Fireworks

No, this isn’t a post about Katy Perry. I just thought, in the spirit of Independence Day, that I¬†would share a poem I wrote a few years ago after watching some good ol’ fashioned American fireworks. Fireworks I stare into … Continue reading

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Running and the Death of “Almost”

I almost ran a marathon last year. Or perhaps I should say, I ran most of a marathon last year. I got into running for the first time two years ago with the help of a friend who is a … Continue reading

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