Swimming Upstream

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...

80: Is Benedict XVI Still the Pope?

80: Is Benedict XVI Still the Pope?

Discontent with Pope Francis has led some Catholics to suspect that perhaps he’s not the real pope. Instead “Pope Emeritus” Benedict XVI is still the true pope. I look into this assertion in this episode of Swimming Upstream.

77: Advent Devotions

77: Advent Devotions

The Season of Advent is a wonderful time to grow spiritually. In this episode, I explain three traditional Advent devotions that can help your family prepare for the coming of the Christ Child this Advent.

76: The Miracle of Intermittent Fasting

76: The Miracle of Intermittent Fasting

After years of struggling with health problems, I’ve finally found something that makes me feel better, have more energy, and lifts my brain fog: intermittent fasting. Read about how I came to embrace intermittent fasting here.