Monday, July 2, 2018

Religion Doesn't Cause as Many Wars as You Think

The Encyclopedia of War proves that only seven percent of wars throughout recorded history were religious wars, yet religion—and especially Christianity—is still often blamed for causing more calamities than any of the ideologies, political regimes, and tyrants that have tainted human history. This video from Fr. Mike Schmitz challenges the claim that religious fervor inevitably leads to violence or hatred, and explains how the all-too-common religion scapegoat only covers up a deeper problem that hits much closer to home.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Confessing the Same Sins Over and Over Again

In this week’s video from Fr. Mike, he discusses why confessing the same sins over and over isn’t entirely a bad thing. He also offers some ways we can make our confessions more effective in helping us avoid those same sins in the future. The practice of naming, confessing, and renouncing our sins in Jesus’ name before, during, or after confession is one suggestion Fr. Mike shares. He also encourages us to move past simply wanting forgiveness and into having true repentance so we can experience deep conversion and freedom.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Take Courage!

It's easy to think of courage as something we only need when facing our greatest fears, but in this video Fr. Mike explains how courage is necessary to live out every virtue. He shows how cowardice can seem harmless in the ways it sneaks into our thoughts, and shares words from great saints who commissioned the faithful to practice fortitude in our everyday lives.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Stress: Is It Healthy or Dangerous?

We often consider all stress to be bad for us, but in this video Fr. Mike makes the case for stress—eustress, that is, or the kind that compels us to take action. He illustrates how a life without stress can easily become lethargic, lifeless, and even dangerous to one's health. So hopefully this video will give you the boost you need to tackle that next daunting task by helping you not stress about being stressed.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Do You Present Your True Self to Others?

If we put on a mask when we come to God in prayer, how can he love that fake version of us? In this week’s video from Fr. Mike, he challenges you to come before God as your true and genuine self. The love you will encounter by doing this one simple act, no matter how vulnerable it may make you feel, will be astounding.