The Sweetest Obligation Ever Imposed

Thomas Griffin 5/18/21 (For Catholic Answers) Early in 2020, the coronavirus spurred bishops throughout the United States and most of the world to shut down public Masses, with some dioceses locking churches and even suppressing weddings, baptisms, and confessions. Now, over a year later, the Church has dialed back the most drastic of those actions,Continue reading “The Sweetest Obligation Ever Imposed”

The Most Political and Misguided Year in Sports

Thomas Griffin 5/4/21 (For Crisis Magazine) ESPN recently published an article about the Derek Chauvin verdict which graded the manner in which professional sports leagues kept their promises following the death of George Floyd. Specifically, how have they fought against racism and systemic violence of police toward African Americans? Several leagues and many players called out race as theContinue reading “The Most Political and Misguided Year in Sports”

The Church Should Not Return to Normal

Thomas Griffin 4/23/21 (For Crisis Magazine) The decline of the Catholic Church in America was happening rapidly before COVID-19. Returning to the methods that produced the radical decline in Sunday Mass attendance along with the low numbers of marriages, baptisms, catechumens, and overall members practicing their faith would be both ignorant and fatal. What weContinue reading “The Church Should Not Return to Normal”

Cardinal Dolan Is Right: It’s Time To Get Yourself Back To Church In Person

Thomas Griffin 4/21/21 (For The Federalist) During the week after Easter this year, the archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, wrote a letter to his flock entitled “It’s Time to Get Back to Mass!” His message served several purposes: an announcement, a teaching, and a reflection on the necessity of worship in the life of theContinue reading “Cardinal Dolan Is Right: It’s Time To Get Yourself Back To Church In Person”

Habits for Holiness: A Mission of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

Thomas Griffin 4/9/21 (For Catholic Exchange) Ascension Press’ latest book by Fr. Mark-Mary Ames entitled Habits for Holiness: Small Steps for Making Big Spiritual Progress is a necessary read for all contemporary Catholics desiring to grow closer to Christ and bring others to his side. The practical nature and simple challenges contained within these pages allow oneContinue reading “Habits for Holiness: A Mission of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal”

Holy Saturday: Between Despair and Hope

Thomas Griffin 4/3/21 (For The Federalist) Holy Saturday is the forgotten day amidst Holy Week. Christians remember the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood on Holy Thursday, the brutality of Jesus’ sacrificial suffering on Good Friday, and the empty tomb on Easter Sunday. Yet Holy Saturday often remains in the shadows. It’s within suchContinue reading “Holy Saturday: Between Despair and Hope”