Restless Heart: Episode 2 (“Non-Catholic Dating”)



Welcome to Episode 2! In today’s show we tackle the tricky and sensitive subject of non-Catholic dating, the situation where a Catholic is considering dating someone who is not in full communion with the Catholic

Episode 2: Non-Catholic Dating (Download)

For those of you who would like to dig deeper into this topic, you can find a two-part series I wrote earlier on the subject.

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Wise Words on Wednesday: Why not you?


We like to hide behind our big institutional solutions to problems.

That’s why we’d rather elect somebody to clean up the streets than take a walk down our own street with some paint and a broom. That’s why we’re more likely to pay higher taxes to support the elderly than to spend time getting to know them. And it’s why we’re more likely to drop ten dollars in the collection plate than we are to take a homeless man to lunch.

We love to subsidize and outsource our charity and the fixing of our problems. 

– Matthew Warner, Messy & Foolish

Planned Parenthood Marketing strikes again!

A while ago I commented on some recent gaffs from the Planned Parenthood marketing department. Today I came across an old one from 2015:


Apparently, Planned Parenthood is a “safe” place for anyone, regardless of “…age…body shape, size, and ability”. This is an immensely interesting claim, since the killing of the unborn is very often justified because of their age, body shape, size and ability…

Music Monday: My Saviour In Me

I discovered today’s musical suggestion from listening to the latest episode of The Catholic Playlist Show. The song is Dana Catherine’s song “My Saviour in Me” and you can hear about the story behind the song here.

 Tell me Lord, tell me Lord how can it be,
That you would choose to use someone like me, someone like me?
Couple of billion people in this world, yet you have chosen to use somebody so unworthy.

I’m just another pen you’re putting to the paper, a reflection of my maker,
Add your name on my soul.
I’m just another chapter in this story, another expression of your glory,
Have your way in my soul, I surrender all control…

Let my heart beat to the rhythm of your song
Make the world wanna sing along from the mountains to the valleys
Let my words be truth and life, push out the dark, bring in the light
So that the whole world can see, my saviour in me

My God I’m in awe of what you’ve done
You’ve poured me out to make a vessel of your grace and love
Couple of million reasons why I’m too broken to spread Your light but still You shine

Fill me up, fill my cup
I will never, never be empty

Steubie Time!

Today I’m hanging out at the Steubenville Conference here in San Diego with Bishop McElroy:


Catholic Encouragement for reading Scripture



I have finally returned to a manuscript I wrote last year for a book on leading Bible Study. Each chapter begins with a quotation from a Saint or Church document which praises God’s Word or exhorts the faithful to the reading of Scripture. Today’s post will function as a notepad for all the quotations I’ve found…

Is there a quotation you love which I have omitted? Please share it in the Comments!

2nd Century

St. Irenaeus of Lyons

For we learned the plan of our salvation from no others than from those through whom the gospel came to us.  They first preached it abroad, and then later by the will of God handed it down to us in Writings, to be the foundation and pillar of our faith
– St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Against Heresies 3.1.1 (2nd Century)

3rd Century

Origen of Alexandria

One must therefore portray the meaning of the sacred writings in a threefold way upon one’s own soul, so that the simple person may be edified by what we may call the flesh of the scripture, …the obvious interpretation; while the one who has made some progress may be edified by its soul, as it were; and the one who is perfect… may be edified by the spiritual law, which has “a shadow of the good things to come” (cf. Rom. 7:14). For just as the human being consists of body, soul and spirit, so in the same way does the scripture, which has been prepared by God to be given for humanity’s salvation.
– Origen of Alexandria, On First Principles 4.11 (3rd Century)

4th Century

St. Jerome

Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ
– St. Jerome, Commentary on Isaiah (4th Century)

When we pray, we speak to God; but when we read, God speaks to us
– St. Jerome (4th Century)

“Do you pray? You speak to the Bridegroom. Do you read? He speaks to you”
– St. Jerome, Letter XXII to Eustochium, 25 (4th Century)

“Read assiduously and learn as much as you can. Let sleep find you holding your Bible, and when your head nods let it be resting on the sacred Page”
– St. Jerome (4th Century)

St. Athanasius

“Scripture is of all things most sufficient for us.”
– Saint Athanasius, Father and Doctor of the Church  (4th Century)

“These books are the fountains of salvation, so that he who thirsts may be satisfied with the oracles contained in them”
-Saint Athanasius, Father and Doctor of the Church, Letter 39.6 (4th Century)

St. Epiphanius of Salamis

“Reading the Scriptures is a great safeguard against sin”
– St. Epiphanius (4th Century)

St. Ambrose of Milan

 “…we speak to Him when we pray; we hear Him when we read the divine saying.”
– St. Ambrose of Milan, On the Duties of Ministers I, 20,88: PL l6,50 (4th Century)

“Let the Word of God come; let it enter the Church; let it become a consuming fire, burning the hay and stubble, and consuming whatever is worldly”
– St. Ambrose of Milan (4th Century)

St. John Chrysostom

“The Holy Scriptures were not given to us that we should enclose them in books, but that we should engrave them upon our hearts”
– St. John Chrysostom (4th Century)

“It is not possible, I say not possible, ever to exhaust the mind of the Scriptures. It is a well which has no bottom”
– St. John Chrysostom (4th Century)

St. Augustine

“If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself”
– St. Augustine, Father and Doctor of the Church (4th Century)

“He will find there in much greater abundance things that are to be found nowhere else, but can be learnt only in the wonderful sublimity and wonderful simplicity of the Scriptures”
– St. Augustine, Father and Doctor of the Church, De Doctr. Christ. 2,42,63 (4th Century)

“The New Testament lies hidden in the Old, and the Old is unveiled in the New”
– St. Augustine, Father and Doctor of the Church (4th Century)

St. Ephraim the Syrian

“When you begin to read or listen to the Holy Scriptures, pray to God thus: “Lord Jesus Christ, open the ears and eyes of my heart so that I may hear Thy words and understand them, and may fulfill Thy will”
– St. Ephraim the Syrian (4th Century)

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