What is Authentic Masculinity?- A Response to the Gillette Commercial

What is Authentic Masculinity?- A Response to the Gillette Commercial

Recently Gillette came out with an ad titled: “We Believe: The Best Men Can Be” that has caused a lot of different reactions in regards to how it has portrayed masculinity, or what people are terming “toxic” masculinity (watch commercial here). It is an ad asking “Is this the best a man can get?” And it shows various scenes highlighting bullying, sexual harassment, etc. Now whether you think it’s only virtue signaling just to sell a product or it’s another…

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The American Grading Scale vs. God’s Grading Scale

The American Grading Scale vs. God’s Grading Scale

Today we live in a society where everything we do is constantly assessed and measured. A lot of this begins in school where we are measured based on an A-F grading scale. Every assignment, paper, reflection, test, and course grade is all a measurement of how well we did. We are then labeled and identified based on that measurement. In sports we are measured, critiqued, and evaluated constantly on our performance. Our stats measure how well we are doing on…

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Death is a Blessing

Death is a Blessing

Earlier this week my grandpa (Ben Schmidt) passed away and it really made me reflect on death. What came to mind was that even amidst the sorrow and agony- death is truly a blessing. I know this is a radical statement to make, but here’s what I mean. Death is of course a tragedy in that we lose someone from our lives that we deeply love. However, death is a blessing because death is a reminder that we are not…

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Experiencing God’s Peace in the Center of the Storm

Experiencing God’s Peace in the Center of the Storm

“He got into a boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort…

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Through Heaven’s Eyes

Through Heaven’s Eyes

Earlier this summer, I had the privilege of taking a silent eight-day Ignatian retreat. On the second day of that retreat I had a powerful experience in prayer which helped sustain me during the summer. During one particular Holy Hour I was meditating on a passage from John 15. The passage that struck me was: “I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have…

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Lord, What is Man That You Care For Him?

Lord, What is Man That You Care For Him?

Psalm 8:4-10- “When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you set in place- What is man that you are mindful of him, and a son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him little less than a god, crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him rule over the works of your hands, put all things at his feet: All sheep and oxen, even the beasts…

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What the Beauty of Creation Reveals about God and Heaven

What the Beauty of Creation Reveals about God and Heaven

This past weekend a group of us went out to Denver, Colorado for the weekend for a nice weekend trip. We mainly went out there to see the mountains and beautiful scenery that we have heard so much about in Colorado. This was my first time traveling this far west, so I was excited about having the opportunity to travel out there. During our time in Colorado we traveled to the Mother Cabrini Shrine, the summit of Mt. Evans which…

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Healing Love

Healing Love

Occasionally, when speaking about God’s love it may sound a little abstract. How can we come to know the great love that God has for us when we cannot perceive God in a visible way? Thankfully, in addition to those privileged moments when we can encounter God’s love in prayer or in the sacraments, it is also possible to experience His love as it is mediated through our fellow human beings. We can experience the power of God’s love in…

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The Royal Wedding and The Great Wedding Feast of Heaven

The Royal Wedding and The Great Wedding Feast of Heaven

Yesterday was the much anticipated royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This royal wedding was seen by millions of people all across the world. These royal weddings are the biggest, if not, one of the biggest wedding celebrations in the world. It’s attended by many of the most high profile people from around the globe, and covered by just about every news outlet that exists. What is it about weddings that get us so excited? Why do we…

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Why Does the God of Love Allow Evil in This World?

Why Does the God of Love Allow Evil in This World?

One of the biggest holdups with people when it comes to believing in God is the problem of evil. They ask, ‘Why does the God of love allow for evil in this world? How can God sit back and watch all these horrific natural disasters and crimes happen and not intervene?’ These are good and fair questions to ask. This problem of evil is a mystery in itself and something I won’t go too in depth with here since this…

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