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Emotional health

Break open the filing cabinet: Chastity & Integration

“You seem very…managed.” I sat across from a priest on a retreat. He had just heard me describe a few elements of my relational history. This was his response. “I mean, it’s sort of like a filing cabinet,” he ...

Fathers, sons, and the masculine identity

What does it mean to be a man? This is a question I ask myself often when I consider my role as husband and father. Is being a man a reflection of how much money we earn? Or the ...

Baptism and the self under siege

One of the most pressing issues we face today is a crisis of the self, which just happens to also be a crisis of being, time, faith, morality, family, society, culture, you name it––a crisis of everything, really. I ...

Guilt vs. shame in an age of sexual indulgence

One of the greatest challenges facing persons who experience same-sex attraction is the conflict between what the secular world tells us will bring us happiness, and our interior feelings. The world sends out messages that we should act upon ...