Swimming Upstream

90: Is Time Travel Possible?

90: Is Time Travel Possible?

Shows like Doctor Who and Star Trek have made time travel a staple of science fiction. And we all dream about time travel as well: can I go back and pick the winning lottery numbers? Can I go forward to see how my life turns out? But is time...

89: Creation and Origin

89: Creation and Origin

In this episode, I present a lecture I recently gave at my parish on the creation and origin of man. It’s obviously a controversial subject, and I tried to present what the Church allows and doesn’t allow to be believed, while...

87: How the Pro-Life Movement Made Me Catholic

87: How the Pro-Life Movement Made Me Catholic

Today is the March for Life and next week is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Although legalized abortion has been a tragedy beyond comprehension, God has brought good out of the pro-life movement...

86: When Scandal Hits Closer to Home

86: When Scandal Hits Closer to Home

This week two institutions I admire—Opus Dei and the Franciscan University of Steubenville—were hit with separate scandals. This has led me to think about how we typically react to scandal and what our proper reaction should be.

85: We Must Help the Poor. But How?

85: We Must Help the Poor. But How?

Helping the poor has in modern times become a “liberal” issue. But if you are a Christian, no matter your political leanings, you are obligated to help the poor. But what are the best ways to do that?

84: Toward a Simpler 2019

84: Toward a Simpler 2019

t’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for New Year’s Resolutions. In this episode, I discuss my own resolution to live a simpler 2019, which is something Pope Francis also called for in his recent Christmas Eve...

83: What Must I Do To Be Saved?

83: What Must I Do To Be Saved?

In a recent interview, Ben Shapiro asked Bishop Robert Barron, “I’m a Jew. I follow the Law. Can I go to Heaven?” Bishop Barron’s response has led to a vigorous debate as to what is necessary for salvation. I tackle this issue...

82: Gender Distinctions and the Liturgy

82: Gender Distinctions and the Liturgy

Today we face massive gender confusion in our culture. Men and women are said to be the exact same, and men can claim to be women, and women can claim to be men. I would argue that one of the best ways to combat this confusion can be found in how...

81: The Five Meanings of Faith

81: The Five Meanings of Faith

Recently my pastor asked me to sub for him in our adult catechism class at our parish. The topic to be covered was “faith.” I decided to use the class to distinguish between the five different meanings of the word...