“None can sense more deeply than you artists, ingenious creators of beauty that you are, something of the pathos with which God at the dawn of creation looked upon the work of his hands.” With these words, Pope St. John Paul II began his Letter to Artists in 1999. No “Dear artists…”. No gentle preamble. … Continue reading Create Like Your Creator
If you had to pick one defining feature of Christian dating, what would it be? Coffee-dates after the Sunday service? Sending each other your favourite worship songs? Leaving room for the Holy Spirit? Pondering how great you’d both be at married ministry? If I was going to pick just one, it would have to be … Continue reading Stop Pretending Physical Attraction Doesn’t Matter
Dear Young Catholic Men, I’ve never been on a date. That’s not to say I’ve never been in a romantic relationship; I’ve been in several. I’ve just never been on a classic get-to-know-you date, outside of an official relationship. At the release of Part-time Prophet’s article Young Catholic Men, Why Aren’t We Dating? I couldn’t … Continue reading Young Catholic Men, Why I’m Not Dating You
Young Catholic men, we have a problem. It’s a problem that is going to require all of our courage, confidence and creativity to solve. It’s a problem that affects many of our friends; it might even be affecting you. Finally, it’s a problem that’s frustrating many of the beautiful, wonderful, young Catholic women in our … Continue reading Young Catholic Men, Why Aren’t We Dating?
Yesterday, at 10:30am (local time) the Victoria Police announced that they are filing “multiple charges in respect of historic sexual offences” against Cardinal George Pell. Pell is Pope Francis’ chief financial adviser, the previous head of the Catholic Church in Australia, and the highest-ranking Vatican official to ever be charged for sexual abuse. He’s also … Continue reading Yesterday, My Old Boss Was Charged With Historical Sex Offences
“I’m sorry.” Seems relatively straightforward, right? Those two little words certainly don’t seem to warrant a 2000+ word, 3 part, explanatory guide. But the reality is that “I’m sorry”, by itself, usually isn’t enough. As one of my flatmates recently observed, anyone can make a half-hearted apology, but making a genuine effort to repair the … Continue reading 6 Steps to Saying Sorry
More than anything else, I would argue that the vast majority of day-to-day conflict is caused by misunderstanding. Stephen Covey, the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, writes that people tend to approach things autobiographically – meaning that our approach to conflict is shaped by our own experience, our own motives, our … Continue reading Seek First to Understand