Archive | July, 2012

From Agnosticism to the Priesthood (Part I)

26 Jul

See Br. James Dominic Brent’s interview here.

At training this summer I had the wonderful opportunity to have Br. James Dominic Brent as one of our teachers, he was amazing. Worth the read!



What is Truth?

26 Jul

This was a question recently posed by one of my mission partners. And as I fumbled to appropriately answer the deep question in our rather casual conversation, I could not help but recall Pilate’s famous words echoing this very question. It is vital to understand Pilate’s actions, especially in and age of relativism, because we are still asking that very question 2000 years later.

After asking Jesus this question, Pilate reveals to the Jews that he finds no charges against him. And yet he frees Barabas and hands Jesus over to be scourged and crowned with thorns. Pilate again tells the crowd that he finds no basis for a charge against him.  Even after shout to “Crucify him”, Pilate initially resists. Eventually, however, he does give in to their demands.

Pilate was probably a great philosopher who understood truth, but he was put in a situation where he was asked to compromise that truth—and it starts to compromise his ideas of truth. Here’s the compromise: Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent, but allowed him to be crucified to avoid his own death by an uprising or Caesar.

But Jesus tells us that if we lose our life we will gain it. If Pilate had refused to crucify Jesus he would either a) have become a martyr and gained eternal life or b) Jesus would still have spared Pilate’s life and offered his own as a sacrifice to fulfill the prophecies. We see the latter with John the Baptist: John tried to deter Jesus, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. [Mt 3:13-15]

Truth can compromise our comfortable lifestyle, our friendships, and even our self-image—but ultimately, if we let it, truth can redeem us.



20 Jul

When we reject our call to greatness we end up rejecting God.

–Fr. Andrew, FOCUS NST 


Love as Goodwill

20 Jul

Love between man and woman would be evil, or at least incomplete, if it went no farther than love as desire. For love as desire is not the whole essence of love between persons. It is not enough to long for a person as a good for oneself, one must also, and above all, long for that person’s good.

Karol Wojtyla (Bl. Pope John Paul II), Love and Responsibility

SEEK 2013

17 Jul

FOCUS National Conference

Beyond Belief

12 Jul

Another great post by Jeremy Rivera from the FOCUS Blog.

Are social justice and orthodoxy in tension with one another? This provocative blog post may challenge you to take a step beyond belief.


People will come, Ray

12 Jul

People will come, Ray

A 2-part post on the Field of Dreams from

[A blog dedicated to all things true, good, and beautiful in Jonathan and Amanda’s world and family. Jonathan and Amanda are full-time Catholic missionaries with FOCUS]