The National Eucharistic Revival and The Art of Gathering

I recently hosted a party that was much more elaborate than any I had hosted before. It was at a beautifully-refurbished parish hall and featured English Country Dancing, led by… Read More

Nighttime Boundaries

HIM: “You’re saying that I can’t come stay in your dorm room overnight, even though we won’t do anything and your roommate would be there anyway?” ME: “Yes, that’s exactly… Read More

Media vita in morte sumus

The last few weeks have brought many tragedies to the lives of people invested in the pro-life cause. Vicki Thorn, the founder of Project Rachel, died suddenly on April 20.… Read More

What Can We Call It?

“What is an experience that you have had at Catholic University that exemplifies for you what it means to be Catholic?”  This was the penultimate question of Catholic U’s synod… Read More

Healing by the Divine Physician

“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.” (Mt 9: 12-13). No one wants to suffer for its own sake. Pain and suffering are things… Read More

Stopping the Line: Lessons from Toyota for Implementing Vos Estis

GM, Toyota, and NUMMI In the early 1980’s, cars coming out of a GM plant in Fremont, California were falling apart. They often needed to be fixed before they were… Read More

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Church Workers

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson became a classic of the… Read More

Sufjan Stevens, C.S. Lewis, and the Synod

I went to a Sufjan Stevens concert in Philadelphia about ten years ago. It was his tour for The Age of Adz but he played some of his older stuff… Read More

Listening is an Act of Love

The first time I heard the phrase, “Listening is an act of love,” was when I started listening to Storycorps on NPR, probably over ten years ago. The first time… Read More

Baptism is the Rite You Are Looking For

One of the things that attracted me to Pope Francis early in his pontificate was his willingness to challenge established protocols and to do what he thought was appropriate in… Read More

2021 Round Up and Looking Forward to 2022

‘Tis the season of roundups and “Best of”s and, well, bragging, so I would be remiss if The Catholic Project (TCP) missed out. As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to curtail… Read More

Advent Visions

During Advent and throughout the Christmas season, I enjoy reading short stories. It is the only time of year that I do this, being partial to novels in every way,… Read More