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“Castaway” and Letting Go

When things begin to get tough the question of “what if I just give up and turn around?” seems to come to mind. Giving up seems to be the best decision at hand. It would be the easiest route, and, I mean, what’s the point of finishing this silly tough task anyway, right? I felt this […]

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Phigiting in Church

Troublesome toddlers are routine fodder for commentary on church-going etiquette.  Should they have a place in the pew or be sequestered for the peace of the rest of the congregation?  Is their crying out loud a distraction that creates angst for parents and pray-ers, or a sublime disclosure of the divine voice, as Pope Francis […]

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Faith, Family, and Religious Freedom: A Conversation with Justice Samuel Alito

It might seem like a long journey from an an Italian household in Trenton, New Jersey to Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. But it is one which Samuel A. Alito, Jr. has taken, and with great success. There were many stops along the way, of course. Those stops were quite varied, from studying along […]

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Angry Atheists and Closed-minded Christians

“Debates” about God’s existence between famous atheists and theists must take up half of all videos on YouTube. There’s hundreds of videos, each with millions of views, and I think that there’s two common threads in most of them: 1. the atmosphere of the “debates” is intense – there’s a lot of anger and hurt […]

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Interview Wednesday – Fr. David Friel

SemCasual Podcast is pleased to bring you “Interview Wednesdays”, where we sit down and talk with exciting guests about everything from the grassroots of their faith to the passions that drive their creativity and enterprises, in short, the things that make them who they are! In this week’s episode, we sit down with Fr. David […]

“Being’s self-gift to being:” James Matthew Wilson and the Encounter with Beauty

I walked in just a few minutes late to a lecture in a large classroom at Villanova University on the first full day of Spring. I had come to listen to a most interesting author I’ve come to know. James Matthew Wilson was doing something which seems to come effortlessly to him: educating others – […]

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Worshipers of Technology/Adoradores de la tecnología

“The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven, and will help bring about everlasting peace on earth.” – St. Teresa […]