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The Suffering Church

Caravaggio, Crucifixion of St. Peter

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed… (1 Peter 4:12-13) Video by Edward Vargas.

On Suffering


As a Passionist Oblate Associate, I offer up my sufferings for the intentions of the Passionist Nuns. Since Catholic theology about suffering is a core part of my spiritual life, I notice when people talk about suffering. It truly saddens me that there are so many who do not seem to understand suffering the way […]

Things I Learned When God Dropped a Goat on My Head

Our goat Sammy.

Yesterday, the Lord dropped a goat on my head. I don’t think it’s really appropriate for me to go into details about the personal situation in my life that I believe prompted God to do this, but please trust me when I say that the parallel is pretty amazing. It was primarily for me, not […]