A Thousand Reasons Why: My Journey to Roman Catholicism

On April 21st of 2017, the Friday of the Octave of Easter and the Feast of St. Anselm of Canterbury, I entered full communion with the Roman Catholic Church at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Portland, OR. In deciding that I would enter the Roman Catholic Church, I knew I would have…

American Jesus(es)

This past week, the first season of American Gods came to an end. The show is an adaption of one of my favorite novels, so I came to it with both anticipation and trepidation. The show turned out to be a visually remarkable series and one of the most unique things on television. As an…

Sacraments are Signs

“The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1131 “Then God said: Let there be light, and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3) Ever since the Protestant Reformation (and occasionally before it), the debate has raged as to whether sacraments are mere signs. Does baptism effect something in our salvation, or…

This Side of Paradise

Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are on the bridge of the Enterprise, musing as they often do on the events of the preceding episode. They have just left a paradise behind and Kirk says, Maybe we weren’t meant for paradise. Maybe we were meant to fight our way through. Struggle, claw our way up, scratch for…

The True Church, Body and Soul

Thus, the Church in her members, her rites, her hierarchy, is not some accident or artifice connected to the inner nature of the Church only by correlation but an organic outworking of that inner reality

Loving God for Better or for Worse

True Catholic faith is like marriage. Your emotional engagement with your spouse will wax and wane, but you love her throughout it all. You pursue her in good times and in bad. Likewise, when we commit to Christian faith, we pledge to love and pursue God for better or for worse.