The Biltrix of Fasting on Fish 3

Fr Jason Smith

Fasting means going on a disciplined diet. And like all real diets it should be hard.

The purpose is to find out who is in charge: You or your stomach. The battle between the two tempers the will, heightens spiritual sensitivity, and leads us to find strength in God through prayer. More…

Fr Barry O’Toole: Why Contraception is Harmful Reply

Fr Jason Smith is on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje this week. Fr Barry is filling in for Fr Jason’s weekly post while Fr Jason is out.

Is contraception immoral because the Church says that it is? Is it not, rather, the case that the Church, as she is always obliged to do, points out that it is wrong because it is immoral?

So why is it immoral? In the following video, Fr Barry emphasizes one reason why the Church warns about the risks of using birth-control. It is wrong because it is harmful: More…

The Penitent Magdalene and the Way to True Conversion of Heart 12

By Fr Jason Smith

I have found no better representation of conversion and penance in art than The Penitent Magdalene, by George de la Tour. Though simple, it expresses the essential elements behind every conversion, and we can find in it powerful lessons to apply to our own life. Let’s take a closer look.

The Penitent Magdalen, George de la Tour

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“See, I Told You She Would Come.” Interview with Someone Who Knew an Eyewitness at Fatima 1

Things become old much too quickly.

Imagine my delight, then, when last Friday I met someone who told me his Grandmother was present on October 13, 1917 at Fatima; she was personally present at the moment when the sun danced and fell out of the sky.

Suddenly Fatima jumped out of history like the sun did that day and became relevant and modern to me. More…

What Every Married Couple Should Know About the Truth of Sex and the Lie of Contraception 1

Words are not the only way we communicate, the body itself speaks a language.

A smile is, for example, one of the most obvious and effective means of non-verbal communication. It is so important Dale Carnegie notes that:

The expression worn on your face is far more important than the clothes worn on your back. More…

Violate Our Conscience? Not So Fast, HHS 1

Shakespeare famously wrote that conscience makes cowards of us all; perhaps, but it can also bring out the best in us too.

For example, Sir Thomas More famously said, “NEVERTHELESS, it is not for the supremacy that you have sought my blood, but because I would not bend to the marriage!”

In choosing not to violate his conscience More…

Six Steps to Stop Viewing Pornography 32

Fr Jason Smith LC

One of the joys of my priesthood has been witnessing how God’s grace is stronger than any vice or addiction.

Given the large number of people struggling today with Internet porn, I thought it would be helpful to offer some of the tips I often give as a spiritual director to help people overcome it. More…

Losing Enthusiasm? Here’s How To Keep It. 4

Gracie -- Still a Puppy but Sharp as Nails

One nice thing about dogs is they force you to go outside for a walk. One un-nice thing about them is they really don’t care how cold, wet, muddy, and utterly disagreeable the weather might be.

I learned this yesterday while walking our Golden Retriever Gracie.The morning See the amazing dog video!