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Redemptive Suffering

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 […]

What Bipolar Disorder Feels Like


I notice there are a lot of videos on YouTube about what bipolar disorder feels like. I relate to them a lot, having Bipolar Disorder myself, but for me, Bipolar Disorder also feels like THIS. Of course, what it feels like is never what it looks like…which is why there are so many YouTube videos […]

‘Gay Rights’ Supporters Say Archbishop Vigneron Hurt Their Feelings

Archbishop Vigneron

Catholics in Detroit who support “gay rights” say Archbishop Vigneron hurt their feelings. Detroit Free Press: This afternoon, supporters of gay Catholics gathered for a prayer vigil in front of the Archdiocese of Detroit’s chancery headquarters. They prayed to protest Archbishop Allen Vigneron’s comments last month that Catholics who support gay marriage or unions should […]