Wise Words on Wednesday: In need of prayer


“Every one of us needs half an hour of prayer each day, except when we are busy—then we need an hour.”

– St. Francis de Sales *

* Although this quotation is commonly attributed to him, I can’t actually track down any primary source with this quotation. Still, it’s good advice 🙂

Catholic Answers Summer


As many of you know, I recently moved back from Seattle to my old stomping ground of sunny San Diego. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get back in time for the Catholic Answers Summer Series where the speakers from the local apologetics apostolate give talks at different parishes around the Diocese. Fortunately, they’re available online!

Tim Staples: Behold your mother, Defending your faith
Jimmy Akin: Understanding the Book of Revelation
Karlo Broussard: Defending truth in a relativastic culture, God still matters
Patrick Coffin: Apologetics for chickens
Christopher Check: The Galileo Affair

Music Monday: “Our Father” (Aramaic)

You might have heard recently of how Pope Francis was moved by a rendition of the “Our Father” in Aramaic, the native tongue of Jesus, while the Pontiff was visiting Georgia. Well, here it is:

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Returning from the ends of the earth…


Hey everyone! This is just a quick note to say that I’m safely back from pilgrimage to the Camino De Santiago in Spain. Over the last month, I walked over the Pyranees from France, all the way on foot to the Cathedral of St. James. For good measure I then walked the final three days to Finisterra and the Atlantic Ocean!


Please expect to see regular activity on this blog resume in the coming days, including a more detailed reflection of my time away on pilgrimage. Buen Camino!

Navigating the blog

Hey everyone! The Camino is going really well and I am now a little over half way to Santiago. My feet are a little tired, but nothing worse than that!

Where I’m currently staying at the moment has a computer so I wanted to briefly respond to a message I received from a friend who was looking for a few articles he knew I had written but couldn’t find. If you’re looking for something on this blog, you can use the search dialogue in the right corner of the website:


Not only that, you can also use the menu items along the header. Here there are a series of menu items which will take you to pages where I have attempted to highlight the more important articles on this site related to the subjects of CatholicismApologetics, Church History, Sacred Scripture and the always popular subject of Catholic Dating:


I’ll have computer access again in a couple of weeks once I’ve finished the Camino. Thank you for your prayers!

Today I start walking…


Today I start walking the Camino De Santiago. As I was sorting out my paperwork in my old room at home, I came across a prayer of Thomas Merton which seems appropriate…

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it”

– Thomas Merton, Thoughts on Solitude

Wise Words on Wednesday: Let Truth Speak For Itself


Prepare the way, then get out of the way. Open the cage door and let the Truth speak for itself. It will roar like a lion who, once encountered, needs no help being taken seriously

– Matthew Warner, Messy & Foolish

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