Mercy: the Hope of Being Loved Forever Despite our Sinfulness

April 12, 2016

Mercy is love that goes beyond justice. I just thought of Jesus, did you? Good. I am specifically referring to the love God has for each one of us. It’s the love and forgiveness we are proclaiming in this Holy Year of Mercy, which emphasizes the boundless love and mercy of Christ for those who turn to Him with trust and in repentance for the ways we have strayed and have failed to respond in love to God and our neighbors.

Why Is this Year, of All Years, the Year of Mercy?

May 17, 2016

There are a million valid reasons why this year should be the Year of Mercy. There are a million valid reasons why last year should have been the Year of Mercy. And there are a million valid reasons why next year should have been the Year of Mercy. But the fact remains that this year is the Year of Mercy. But why?

I Wish It Was Easier to Kiss You on the Mouth

June 29, 2016

My friends and I have this monthly tradition called Drink & Discuss (D&D). It’s almost exactly what you would expect it to be. Once a month, a group of men gather with beer and bourbon to enjoy fellowship, brotherhood, and discussion of the higher things. Last year, one of the most important nights of D&D was when we discussed this song titled Honest Wage by the indie duo known as “Penny and Sparrow” (see a beginner’s guide to Penny and Sparrow). This single song has impacted me more than any other spiritual reading I’ve done in the last five years, and it’s taught me how to be a better husband, father, son, and friend. Let me explain why...

Theology of the Body and the Ministry of Mercy

March 2, 2016

“I see clearly,” said Pope Francis, “that the thing the Church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds.” Then, describing the Church as “a field hospital after battle,” he insisted again, “Heal the wounds, heal the wounds.” And this means that “ministers of the Church must be ministers of mercy above all.”