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.