It was not until I was married and my wife delivered our first child that I got a glimpse into the Love of the Trinity in a concrete way. Holding our daughter in my arms for the first time and looking at my wife, I was overwhelmed by this new person that she had just delivered. Now there were three of us! Later, as I reflected on this day and on the subsequent births of our other children, I began to realize how my wife and I were called to be a reflection of God’s Image in the world. Read More >
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed Himself over for her. - Ephesians 5:25
A Man, the Woman He Loved and a Battle of Two Wolves
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Mt 5:27-28) When I was a … Read more >
How Contraception Took Me Out of the Church … and Brought Me Back
I had no idea my recent blog “The Inconvenient Truth Many Pro-lifers Don’t Want to Face”would go viral. But it has. It was based on the conviction that we will never solve the abortion problem (let alone the overall culture of … Read more >
Apples, Oranges, and Marriage
Calling an orange an apple doesn’t make it so. If one knows what an apple is, one knows an orange shouldn’t be called an apple. If one is calling an orange an apple out of ignorance, the charitable thing would be to illuminate for that person what an apple is.
It’s the same with marriage. Read more >
What My Love Affair with Coffee Taught Me About Marriage
The other morning, my husband said, “I love you.” Well, actually, I just heard “I love you.” What he actually said was “here’s your coffee,” as he set down my favorite mug on our bedside table. Leaving me to nurse our daughter in the quiet bedroom, he walked out to begin the lively breakfast dance of frying potatoes while our three-year-old and five-year-old scampered around the kitchen–leaving an obstacle course of LEGO creations and Play-doh mines for the cook.
It may seem like a small gesture, but truly folks, handing a cup of coffee to a tired mother is like crafting a ballad of undying devotion. Read more >
That Loving Gaze
What was it about this gaze, this simple glance between two lovers, that rocked me? I was in no way naive or ignorant of what, exactly, I committed to give up by choosing to enter seminary. I have, myself, been on the receiving end of that look in times past, though those memories have gotten awfully blurry (thanks to time and some concerted effort to simply forget). Yet, repeatedly I found myself pondering this question, never quite having enough time to piece it all together, to make total sense of what it was, precisely, that had gripped me… Read more >
Marriage: The 100-100 Principle
My heart beat a bit faster as I struggled to sit comfortably on the couch I had carelessly reclined on so many times before. My angst made the room where we met for marriage preparation seem smaller than I recalled. The priest who was going to celebrate our marriage would be there shortly, and I looked over at my fiance, who returned my worried gaze with an understanding and comforting smile. We were two months away from tying the knot, and I had a burning question to ask Father. Read more >
Marriage: Sacrament of Enduring Love
The Second Vatican Council, and later Pope John Paul II, expressed in marvelous terms Catholic teaching about the identity and mission of the Lord Jesus Christ: “Christ the new Adam, in the very revelation of the mystery of the Father … Read more >
JPII & TOB ON COSMO’S SNAPCHAT?!
JPII & TOB ON COSMO’S SNAPCHAT?! You are never going to believe this. Guess what COSMOPOLITAN MAGAZINE posted on Snapchat! A THEOLOGY OF THE BODY REFERENCE. Get this. Cosmo’s Snapchat Story featured an article titled, “I’m waiting until marriage – This … Read more >
Rick Warren on Sex and Marriage
Famous evangelical pastor Rick Warren spoke at a conference at the Vatican on sexual complementarity last November. I recently came across this interview he did from Rome with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN. I’m delighted with Rick Warren’s willingness to build … Read more >