• How can a loving god allow eternal suffering?July 9, 2023 • 5 min

    This is one of the most common questions I encounter when debating non-Christians of every kind. Why did God create Hell, or at least allow for it to be created? It just doesn’t seem fair. Eternity seems a disproportionately long time to suffer for anything we could do wrong in this life.

  • Aquinas is overratedJuly 9, 2023 • 4 min

    Every Catholic who learns anything about their religion is introduced to St. Thomas Acquinas at some point, usually through his book Summa Theologica, a 5-volume apologetic work covering an unusually large number of topics in great intellectual depth.

  • Abortion RightsJanuary 22, 2022 • 1 min
  • The Spirit of the TimeJanuary 13, 2022 • 4 min

    I appeal to you, do not read Catholic news. It is very much not good for you. And avoid listening to those who call themselves Traditional Catholics, to their commentary on Catholic news and events.

  • Glory BeJanuary 11, 2022 • 6 min

    This is actually one of the most underrated prayers, and one of the most helpful and beautiful. I would have you understand it a lot better if you would love God all the more, so I will tell you some things I have learned about it (after resolving to make it not my least favorite prayer anymore).

  • Hail MaryJanuary 10, 2022 • 8 min

    I explained one perspective of the Our Father yesterday, and I think I have some useful thoughts on the Hail Mary too, that I’d like to share with you. And some more examples of how to meditate on the Rosary which I thought of today.

  • Our FatherJanuary 9, 2022 • 6 min

    After reflecting for a long time on these prayers, I have some thoughts on them that I think will help you to understand our basic prayers better, and to pray them better. I’ll explain some of the Our Father today.

  • Purity (part 3)January 7, 2022 • 4 min

    The first two times I wrote to you about purity, I didn’t once mention unchastity, but only talked about trying to live in a deeper, spiritual reality. Why? What does that have to do with purity and chastity?

  • SinJanuary 6, 2022 • 6 min

    Imagine you’re lined up in a race, and it’s about to start. 3… 2… 1… GO! You all run! But one guy… he takes off his shoe and throws it at his own foot!

  • How to pray the RosaryJanuary 4, 2022 • 7 min

    You already know how to pray the Rosary. And those of you who are younger can learn from the older ones. But there are more or less useful ways to pray it. I promised you before I would explain to you some of the useful ways, and I finally can steal a little time to do so.

  • Purity (part 2)January 3, 2022 • 9 min

    This is the second time I’m writing to you about purity. Because this virtue is so especially important for holiness, and even more especially under attack in this age, I want to make sure you fully understand it.

  • Some Beautiful Christmas MusicJanuary 2, 2022 • 13 min

    I know you like beautiful music. Here is some of the most beautiful I’ve ever heard. Possibly the closest thing on earth to hearing the angels sing.

  • PurityDecember 30, 2021 • 5 min

    If you want to be happy, you must be pure, for Jesus said, “blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.”

  • What I want you to do for nowDecember 26, 2021 • 9 min

    My little children, have a happy time together this Christmas season. Know that your dear father loves you more than you can know. And that he wants to be with you. And he will be with you one day, if you keep praying. And even now, if you love him and he loves you, you are in each other’s hearts. But for now, this is what you should do:

  • Love, Pain, and Discerning ConsecrationDecember 26, 2021 • 26 min

    There are 3 possible vocations: single life, consecrated life, and married life. But you have to understand these three well in order to know whether you’re called to one of them! To undertand the other two vocation types, I think you first have to understand marriage, what it is, and what it’s not.

  • Love, Family, and Discerning MarriageDecember 26, 2021 • 26 min

    There are 3 possible vocations: single life, consecrated life, and married life. But you have to understand these three well in order to know whether you’re called to one of them! To undertand the other two vocation types, I think you first have to understand marriage, what it is, and what it’s not.

  • The FatherDecember 25, 2021 • 6 min

    The Bible and life experience together tell us some important things about the role of the father in this life, and God the Father. If we learn from this, it will help us to know God’s will better, and to be more pleasing to him.

  • Devotion to The Holy FamilyDecember 24, 2021 • 3 min

    Have a strong devotion to the Holy Family, and Jesus, Mary and Joseph will bless you with a special blessing. Here’s an easy way to do it:

  • Bible Riddle #1: How could the Good Thief be with Jesus "on this day"?December 24, 2021 • 2 min

    Have you ever wondered, how Jesus could say “today you will be with me in Paradise” to the Good Thief (St. Dismas)? Jesus was going to Hell on that day, and will only be Resurrected on Sunday morning. So how could St. Dismas be with Jesus in Paradise on Good Friday? Here’s my answer:

  • 3 Ways to Read the Bible (and 1 way not to!)December 24, 2021 • 3 min

    You have to read a little of the Bible every day. It’s half of the Word of God! (The other half is Sacred Tradition.) How else are you going to know what God wants to tell you? But don’t worry, it’s not hard to read some of the Bible every day. Here are three shortcuts.

  • Don’t hate yourselfDecember 20, 2021 • 6 min

    “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26-27)

  • Imitating St. Peter’s faithDecember 19, 2021 • 4 min

    St. Peter had the faith that Jesus could share with him the gift of walking on water. And he did! But as soon as St. Peter looked down at the stormy sea and the crashing waves, he began to lose that sight of faith, and he started to sink! Jesus had to reach down to pull him back up, and draw his attention back on him.

  • Truth vs LiesDecember 15, 2021 • 5 min

    My hope here is to completely convince you that the truth is completely worth it, always, and lies are absolutely never worth it, under any circumstances.

  • Don’t panic, trust in JesusDecember 12, 2021 • 0 min

    Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled.” And not just once, but twice in a row.

  • Let nothing worry youDecember 9, 2021 • 1 min

    These words of Mary to St. Juan Diego in 1531 were meant for all of us also:

  • The Immaculate ConceptionDecember 8, 2021 • 1 min

    Being the Immaculate Conception, Mary always had pure intentions, doing everything only to please God. This also means she is our powerful helper in Heaven.

  • God loves youDecember 7, 2021 • 1 min

    God loves you, far more than you know.

  • Law and SinDecember 1, 2021 • 7 min

    St. Paul talks a lot about the law, and that it’s good, and St. John talks a lot about lawlessness, and that it’s evil. In fact, St. Paul calls the Antichrist the lawless one, and St. John says there are many antichrists before the final one. What can we learn from all this?

  • How to overcome temptationsNovember 30, 2021 • 11 min

    Evil is light a black hole. The more you stare at it, or the closer you get, the more you are pulled in. There’s only one way to avoid getting sucked into this black hole: cling fast to God.

  • Biblical words of comfort for those who suffer injusticesNovember 29, 2021 • 10 min

    When you feel like you can’t handle any more of the difficulties God is putting in your life, don’t despair. Jesus is going to rescue you from it soon. Here are some of the promises from the Bible to comfort and reassure you:

  • Thoughts on what Heaven will be likeNovember 28, 2021 • 13 min

    The goal of this life is to be convinced that the Love of God is worth not sinning. And one of the best rewards we will receive, if we believe this and put it into practice faithfully until death, is Heaven. So it’s helpful to think about Heaven and what it will be like.

  • Death and LifeNovember 27, 2021 • 8 min

    We’re so afraid of bad things happening, but that’s exactly what Jesus came here to save us from. The more we love Jesus and trust in him, the less our problems in life can hurt us.

  • How the Saints were helped in bad times, and what they recommended us to doNovember 26, 2021 • 9 min

    The Saints universally recommend that we meditate on the Passion of Christ, as the best thing we can do for our salvation. It’s also extremely helpful in dealing with bad times.

  • Thoughts to help us be patient in bad timesNovember 24, 2021 • 4 min

    If bad things are happening in your life, and you feel like you just can’t handle it, here are some thoughts to encourage you to keep trusting in Jesus, and praying to him, until the bad things stop.

  • How to stop sinningNovember 23, 2021 • 10 min

    If you’re upset because you can’t stop committing sins, take the following steps:

  • God’s response to the bad things in our livesNovember 22, 2021 • 4 min

    Sometimes we can be in the middle of very sad times in our lives. There’s nothing wrong with being sad when bad things happen, especially when they’re not our fault.

  • Beauty, and the dangers of itNovember 21, 2021 • 7 min

    Everyone loves beauty. But when we don’t understand what beauty is for, or what to do with it, we often end up sinning, offending God by that very beauty that has its source in Him.

  • Where to find full, real, lasting happinessNovember 20, 2021 • 12 min

    Everyone wants to be happy. It’s built into us. But we don’t always know where to find happiness. Sometimes we just don’t feel happy no matter what we do. But the good news is that happiness is not far from us, in fact almost all we need is a perspective change!

  • Let the Morning Star rise in your heartNovember 18, 2021 • 9 min

    Are you tempted more than you can imagine? That’s good news! It’s like a mother about to give birth: the labor pain is always strongest and most often right before she is delivered of her child.

  • The importance and benefit of daily holy readingNovember 16, 2021 • 5 min

    The saints practiced and strongly recommended daily reading of holy books. Here are how some examples of how these very Saints profited from holy reading, and how it even turned them into Saints.

  • The shepherd’s hookNovember 15, 2021 • 8 min

    Guilt can be overwhelming. Sometimes we are overwhelmed with our failures, our sins, and our past mistakes. But the good news is, that’s precisely what Jesus came to save us from!

  • The safest spot in the universeNovember 14, 2021 • 4 min

    When times are bad, trust that God will never let them get too bad. Stay close to Jesus, and trust that even now, he is helping you through the storm.

  • Courage in the StormNovember 12, 2021 • 12 min

    Sometimes life gets hard. Like, really hard. And you’re just not sure what to do. Or whether you can handle it. But there is hope.

  • Jesuits, Anglicans, and new booksJuly 4, 2021 • 7 min

    Several new books have been added over the weekend, which are related to the history of English Catholic books.

  • Aspirations, prayers, and good thoughts.June 19, 2021 • 14 min

    These simple tips from St. Francis de Sales are sure to vastly improve our prayer life.

  • Consecration to JosephJune 18, 2021 • 9 min

    During this Year of St. Joseph, it’s fitting to consider consecrating ourselves to St. Joseph along with Mary.

  • Consecration to MaryJune 17, 2021 • 7 min

    There are many ways to consecrate one’s self to the Blessed Virgin. But only one thing is really important.