The Fire of Divine Love: Stations of the Cross

The Fire of Divine Love: Stations of the Cross

The Way of the Cross is the way of love. It was love that urged Jesus some two thousand years ago to embrace his cross, carry it to Golgotha, and offer himself completely as a gift of love for our salvation. He was not forced to do this. He is God. In an instant,...
Why is it called “Stations” of the Cross?

Why is it called “Stations” of the Cross?

Why is it called “Stations” of the Cross? In English, the word “stations” refers to places people stop as they wait for the next step in their journey. We might think of a train or bus station—a place where we wait for a vehicle to come and take us to our destination....
Growing in Virtue: The First Step

Growing in Virtue: The First Step

Most of us did not grow up with specific training in the virtues. We learned the alphabet and multiplication tables. When we were older, we were exposed to more complex science, literature, and history. Many of us went off to university, where we learned a lot of...
Virtue and the Freedom to Love

Virtue and the Freedom to Love

When speaking at marriage retreats, I like asking the married couples two questions: “How many of you value your spouse?” At this, all of them raise their hands. Then I ask a second question: “How many of you do things that hurt your spouse?” Most laugh, and then all...
In Marriage, Your “Stuff” Rises to the Surface

In Marriage, Your “Stuff” Rises to the Surface

Beth: Marriage has a way of drawing out the best and the worst of us—and that’s all a part of the beautiful process of what God wants to do in us through this sacrament. It reminds me of bone broth. Each December, we buy from some Benedictine sisters here in Colorado...
Marriage: Getting Your Spouse to Heaven?

Marriage: Getting Your Spouse to Heaven?

There is a journey God wants to take you on in marriage. He uses your vocation, more than almost anything else, to form you, shape you, mold you, sanctify you. Jesus doesn’t just want to meet you in the chapel, in the sacraments, or in your daily prayer time. One of...