If you don’t want to use the search box at the bottom of the page to find what you’re looking for, hopefully this page can help you find something we’ve written in the past to help your faith grow!
Over the years I’ve been writing, I’ve written a few series’ on different topics for the students I serve. Follow these links for those compilations:
- For the full index of my series on the YouCat, click here.
- For a Bible study on the Covenants God makes with humanity, click here.
- For a Bible study on the Gospel of Mark, click here.
- For a Bible study on the Gospel of John, click here (in progress).
Other posts, alphabetically by topic:
- 10 Basic Catholic Beliefs: Part 1 and Part 2
- Audacious Faith: This is my Body – on the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
- Audacious Faith: He was Conceived by the Power of the Holy Spirit
- (Be)Loved by the Father
- (Be)Loved by the Son
- Bored at Mass: 8 Tips to bring the Mass to Life
- Can I Disagree with Church teaching?
- Creation and Humility – on the so-called battle between faith and science
- Is God really out there?
- Is it Hard to Get to Heaven?
- The Last Four Things – Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell
- Star Trek’s Borg and the Gift of Free Will
- The Babe, the Son of Mary
- The Cross = A Broken Heart
- The Greatest Rescue Mission of all Time
- Lead us Not into Temptation & Temptation Part II – a two part reflection on how we can learn from Jesus’ temptation
- My Most Embarrassing Memory (how Easter Changes things)
- The Power of Christ’s Blood (St. John Chrysostom)
- St. John Chrysostom’s Easter Sermon
- When is Jesus coming back?
- Why did Jesus have to die?
Marriage & Sexuality
- A Person First: Tips to fight pornography addiction
- Christian Marriage (what is it?)
- C.S. Lewis on the Pursuit of Happiness & Sexual Morality
- Bob Rice’s 6 Tips for Sexual Purity: Whatever, Flee, Avoid, Trust, Mercy, Fasting
- I Still Love My Ex-girlfriend
- Love and Chastity
- The Problem with Pornography
Mercy & Forgiveness
- “Hating the Sin” – An explanation of the way in which we can love a person whose actions we may disagree with
- Mercy and the Death of St. Stephen – How would St. Stephen react to encountering the one who had him killed in Heaven?
- Les Miserables – A look at Justice & Mercy in the epic musical
- There’s a Little Judas in All of Us -how we aren’t as unlike the betrayer as we might like to think
- Waterfights & Sinning
- “With Eyes of Mercy” – an introduction to the year of Mercy (2015-16)
- (Why) We Pray
- I Do Believe, Help My Unbelief
- Prayer as Relationship
- When Words Run out – Starting the conversation in prayer
- C4 Prayer – a Form of Lectio Divina
- Committing to Prayer -with St. Francis de Sales’ outline for prayer & recollection
- Sons, Servants, and Robin Hood – what it means to see ourselves as children of God
- Holy Thursday Meditation
- Ancient Homily for Holy Saturday
Prayers (specific traditional ones):
- And Jesus Wept
- God Gives us More than We Can Handle
- No Words
- When God & Life don’t seem to make sense
- Why does God Let us Suffer So Much?
- Why do good people suffer?
The Ten Commandments & Morality
- The Charlie Challenge & the First Commandment
- Doing Battle on the Front Lines: The Spiritual battle all Christians Face
- Doing Battle on the Front Lines Part II: Knowing our Enemies in this
- Drinking, Partying (and more) in the Bible
- Too Hard: a look at John 6 & the ways Jesus’ teachings can challenge us
- What does it mean to be free? – a look at love and freedom through the lens of faith
Other Reflections on a Variety of Topics:
- Against Varnish – not just glossing over the weaknesses in our faith
- The Angry Mob – how different are we than those who killed Jesus?
- Be the Hero (Doing what you can) – on facing difficult moments
- Blessed Chaos – how life can get turned upside down
- Change the Game – Deacon Pat Hessel on Advent
- God Stacked the Deck in My Favor – a little of Mike’s journey of faith
- The Great Decision – the rich young man & staying in good spiritual shape
- Growing Up – Some thoughts on worry, growing up, and trusting God
- Here. We. Go. – A reflection on the Triduum, the most important celebration of the Church year
- If You Only Knew -What God sees when He looks at you
- Lent: More than a French Word for Slow
- Lent 2016: Unfinished Business – a geeky post
- Lessons from Star Wars – Darth Vader & the Stony Heart
- Lessons from Summer Camp – what summers at Camp St. Louis taught me
- Life at Sea: – What Christians Can Learn from Sailors
- Man Up! – what the life of James Kirk teaches us about manhood
- Mary, the Mother of God
- New Beginnings – Reflections to start the 2015-16 School year
- One Life – how St. John Paul II changed the world… and so will/do you
- Prisoner 16670 – On the life of St. Maximilian Kolbe
- A Promise to the Youth I Serve
- St. Joseph – one of my heroes
- Stuck in a Rut – how the spring melt is like drawing closer to Christ
- Ten Things I Learned as a Parish Youth Minister
- The 1982-83 Oilers & Sacrifice – What one of the greatest NHL teams had to learn before they could win
- To Boldly Go – words of encouragement to high school graduates
- Worth it
- Three Words – for my father who died in January 2018
- A Good One – a tribute to Bob Hagel, my father-in-law, who died in April 2017
- “Well done, Good and Faithful Servant” – a tribute to Fr. Mike “Catfish” Mireau who died in 2014
- “Murray” – a friend and coworker who died in the fall of 2010