Mattias A. Caro

No, thanks. I'm not Giving.

Mattias A. Caro

When we Catholics speak of solidarity and subsidiarity—standing with one another and with those closest in need—we've got to think critically about the charities we support. 

The world

Handing Things On

Mattias A. Caro

It takes a certain level of detachment to let the next generation take up traditions, but that in the end, it serves a greater good of actually keeping the tradition alive. 

Virtue

We are Problem Solvers

Mattias A. Caro

No matter what we achieve, the perfect and ideal is still outside of our grasp.

Virtue

Christ Delights in Me

Mattias A. Caro

God delights in us. It's a strange concept really.

Christ

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Mattias A. Caro

Nothing in the faith is self-evidently understandable. We require the community of the Church to grow in the gift of faith. 

Recursive Mobbing

Mattias A. Caro

These days everything is political; thanks to social media, everything is part of the noise in our public square. We are overwhelmed.

Avoiding Social Media's Toxic Catholicism

Mattias A. Caro

We can't possibly be part of a solution to the current crisis. We are also not part of the problem. But we'll never know enough to resolve it.

The church

Modeling Grace and Courtesy

Mattias A. Caro

Modeling grace and courtesy in all situations for my children is a sine qua non of my responsibilities as a Christian parent. 

Virtue

A Time for Solidarity

Mattias A. Caro

Christ asks us to comfort and console one another. Not to be naively confident or combative. Humble solidarity strengthens and nurtures our faith.

Virtue

Send Them on Missions

Mattias A. Caro

It's impractical to send all priests to poor countries. But the call to radical evangelism exists even in the heart of the richest country on earth.

Virtue

A War College for Bishops

Mattias A. Caro

Let's establish in the United States a standing, monastic seminary for the formation of prelates. 

The papacy

Law is Inherently Violent?

Mattias A. Caro

A "law is violence" approach is anti-intellectual, anti-Western, and certainly anti-Christian since it reduces man's highest good and moral flourishing to the sum of his basest desires for self-preservation. 

Piety and Being an American

Mattias A. Caro

Catholics in America have a special role to play, by informing an important virtue without falling into its excesses.

Against Self-Help Catholicism

Mattias A. Caro

The affront of neo-Pelagian truths is that they replace the life of grace in favor of the quick seduction of knowledge, which if we only had access to, we would be more like God.

Confessing Our Way to Vocational Discernment

Mattias A. Caro

In a world where the millennial seek their place and woke means, I suppose, being "really aware," confession works as the sacrament that brings us back to our calling in the present moment.

The Other Catholic

Mattias A. Caro

Holiness can only consist of that particular and specific expression of seeing Christ in an encounter of charity and need.

The Simony of Sacramental Preparation

Mattias A. Caro

Too much of our sacramental prep revolves around saccharine hoop jumping.  It's really time we stopped, thought, and changed that process. 

Expressing the Creed in Everyday Life

Mattias A. Caro

If the Creed has real force in my life, it is not only because I can recite and understand its content, but because I invoke it in a lived expression in daily life.

Humility + Ambition = Magnanimity

Mattias A. Caro

If ambition and humility are to meet, it is around a process that realizes what is achievable and to recognize that achievement as worth the effort.

Apricity and Advent

Mattias A. Caro