Category Archives: Holiness

  1. Christians need to remember how little this election matters

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    November 8, 2016 by Alex Johannigman

    Jesus’ message was one focused on hope. He repeatedly talked about how we are made for something beyond this world. That his kingdom was different from that of Rome. And his followers took him seriously. Many of them, martyrs from the 1st century through the 21st, cast aside their fear even in the most horrifying of situations and have died recognizing the truth that no matter how bad life gets here on earth, they will be with their Lord in the next. This realization helped them keep all of the events of this world in their proper perspective, just as we should today.

    Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will win today’s election. More people will be upset about it than are happy about it. Let’s get back to loving them all, looking towards heaven with a grin on our faces, and recognizing that no matter who is our president, Christ is still our King.

  2. Reexamining Pope Francis’ “Who am I to judge?”

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    September 22, 2015 by Alex Johannigman

    We’ve all heard that quote thrown around and if you’re like me you’re probably getting sick of the quote being used to downplay the gravity of sin, particularly sexual sins. But I wonder if there’s more to that famous quote than many of us have noticed.

    We tend to focus on the word judge. It often gets associated with Jesus’ quote “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” But what if the word that Pope Francis had on his mind when he uttered that now famous phrase wasn’t judge, but I?

  3. Why We’ve Ditched Superman for The “Flawed Hero”

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    March 4, 2015 by Alex Johannigman

    Superman is a hero who reflects the potential in all of us for greatness; a beacon of light in times that are grim and a glimmer of hope for the hopeless. But over the last couple decades we’ve developed a taste for heroes whose vices are more like our own. Why?

  4. Show Mercy Even If They Don’t Deserve It

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    November 19, 2014 by Alex Johannigman

    Whenever we have a hard time showing mercy to someone else because we don’t think they deserve it, it’s important for us to think about how much we don’t deserve the mercy that is extended to us from Christ. Whenever someone does something that really bothers me, I’ve been making an effort to think about if I’d want Christ to forgive me of the same thing. The answer, so far at least, has always been “yes”, even when they haven’t done anything to deserve my continued love and forgiveness.

  5. Why You’re Probably Pursuing the Wrong Vocation

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    November 5, 2014 by Alex Johannigman

    We need to stop viewing the “next step” in life, whether that is graduating, finding our dream job, or beginning marriage or religious life, as our ultimate goal and the point where we will become significantly happier and instead recognize that each of these are only checkpoints on our path to our true “God given vocation”: Heaven.

  6. Recovering The Lost Art Of Trying Things Out

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    October 9, 2014 by Alex Johannigman

    We’ve attached such a strong sense of commitment to vocational discernment that many of us are scared to even try something out until we are absolutely sure that it is what’s right for us. We can’t let this mindset continue to prevent us from effectively discerning our vocations.

  7. Have questions about homosexuality and Catholicism? The Third Way has answers.

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    May 15, 2014 by Alex Johannigman

    I recently had the pleasure of watching an incredible new video released by Blackstone Films called The Third Way. My friend …
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