A lot of news coverage the past week has been about the pro-life group Center for Medical Progress and the three videos they released featuring to high-level Planned Parenthood officials discussing compensation for fetal tissue donated by abortion patients. One side of the debate is going after Planned Parenthood, while the other is going after […]

I love sports. They have a crazy power to inspire and influence us far beyond the final score. They drive us to dream big, but also keep us grounded in reality. (Be honest, you root for the 16 seeds every March Madness despite advancing the No. 1 on your bracket). Sports history is behind some of […]

She was the youngest child. Her twin sister died shortly after their birth. She refused her parents’ wish to marry her older sister’s widower, and disappointed her mother by cutting off her hair in protest over being encouraged to improve her appearance and attract a husband. She continued to resist the expectation to marry, and eventually […]

Lately I’ve been watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Netflix, and it occurs to me there is much we can learn about ourselves from studying The Force. Most know the story of Anakin Skywalker (apologies for any spoilers). He is found as a slave on Tatooine, set free and becomes the padawan learner of Obi-Wan Kenobi. […]

Today a friend of mine posted this link to a story in our local paper about a group of protestors who chose to present the pro-choice side of the debate outside Napa’s Planned Parenthood. I’m not going to write about their protest, except to say I fully support their right to have an opinion and express […]

The availability of Mass and the Eucharist is something we often take for granted here in the United States. In my hometown of Napa, Calif., there are several different parishes with multiple times for me to attend mass on any given day. My home parish alone has six Masses on the weekends that fulfill the […]

Yesterday’s readings highlight something important: God is calling each of us to do things we don’t understand, and probably don’t want. The question is, how will you answer? Will you respond like the prophet Jonah? God asked Jonah to preach repentance to the Ninevites. Nineveh was the capital of the Assyrian empire, an enemy nation who […]

Ask my teammates at Nebraska-Omaha what I was most excited about when I left the missionary field for grad school at Canisius College, and Campus Ministry will probably be one of the top answers. In doing my research I found three different programs just for serving food to those in need. Today I got the […]

This post is part of my commitment to #9daysforlife. To learn more, or to join the prayer movement, visit usccb.org. I still remember the moment I became absolutely, unequivocally, ardently pro-life. Before that moment, I thought abortion was wrong because it seemed like people made their choice when they decided to have sex. Why should […]

It’s that time of year. Time to fill ourselves with turkey and stuffing, pass out watching the football game and wake up in time to run someone over with our shopping carts on our way to the hottest you of the year on Black Friday. It’s also a time where we pause to give thanks […]