Counter-Dynamics: Natural Resistance to Change

Every human being has some natural resistance to change, and this resistance is not necessarily a bad thing. We enjoy familiar people, objects, and situations. Rather than always placing ourselves in danger or awkward situations, enjoying security and constancy can be healthy for us. Habits make our lives more efficient and preferable to having to […]

Great Catholic Parishes–by William E. Simon Jr.

Anyone reviewing data from the 2014 Religious Landscape Study might find the results sobering, with signs of decreasing church attendance and participation. Great Catholic Parishes (Ave Maria Press, 2016) by William E. Simon Jr., on the other, gives us good cause to have hope for the Catholic parish in America. The author, William E. Simon […]

Conversion 101: Conversion as a Way of Life

St. Bernard of Clairvaux taught that in the spiritual life we cannot remain the same: we must either advance or go backward. Nor is a relationship with Christ static; either we take up our cross and follow him, or we hold on to our “self” and try to stay put. A disciple’s path is one […]