Breaking In The Habit

Breaking in the Habit

Casey Cole, OFM, is a Catholic priest and vowed religious in the Order of Friars Minor, commonly known as "the Franciscans." Casey serves as the associate director of campus ministry at the University of Georgia, and is the founder of Breaking In The Habit Media, a production company that produces online content for evangelisation and catechesis. He is also the author of the book, "Called: What Happens After Saying Yes to God."
Br. Casey
offers personal reflections and explanations from a Catholic and Franciscan perspective for Christians who want to become a better disciples of Jesus Christ and discern their vocation.

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Too often we think of discernment as the process of answering a question and moving on. But discernment is a way of life, the daily practice of seeking God and growing in our understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Christ.
For Christians, getting into heaven is our ultimate, goal, right? In a way, yes, but I think we want to careful how we talk about this.
The Western world certainly took a step backwards after the fall of Rome, losing much of the scientific and cultural advancement of the ancient world. Many want to blame this on Christianity.
On the surface, the Catholic Eucharist looks a lot like magic. Dig a little deeper and we see some major differences.
One of the most central beliefs of the Catholic Church, the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, is something that most cannot explain well. What does it mean to say that Christ is truly present?
Sometimes the thing we forget most about our life of faith is showing up. This Lent, we are called to show up to our families, our communities, and our God.
Sin is always a decision to turn away from the will of God, but it does not necessarily mean that we want our sin more than we want God.
Jesus tells us that when two or three are gathered in his name, he is there. For this reason, we are called to be in relationship and share our lives with others, building community and making God present.
Do you ever stop to wonder why there is something rather than nothing? God did not have to create, and yet we have a universe teeming with life. My answer starts with the incarnation and works backwards.
Everyone knows the big Franciscan names: Francis, Clare, Anthony, and Padre Pio. But the Franciscan family actually has more than 170 saints! Here are seven more you should know.
Most think of priests and religious and people who "do" stuff for the Church and world. But what happens when age and infirmity prevents us from doing ministry? Where do we go and does our life change?
For Catholics, life is sacred, and so we are called to protect it. But that call is not absolute. Here are a few ethical questions regarding death, medical procedures, and treatment, answered from a Catholic perspective.
Starting in July, I will be assigned to the Catholic Center at the University of Georgia to be the director of campus ministry. What does that entail?
Not all Franciscans are priests. Some are deacons and many do not receive any ordination at all. So what's the difference, and why am I choosing the path of ordination?
The Catholic Church has a certain reputation when it comes to sexual activity. We might have heard of some of its teachings, but do we know why it says what it does?
When I look at my life next to St. Francis, it's hard not to feel shame. But then I remember something.
Looking for adventure in your life? Want to see the world? Maybe God is calling you to a vocation as a Franciscan friar.
Each year the Church canonized new people saints, but have you ever wondered about the process behind it?
The Liturgy of the Eucharist reaches its height with the Eucharistic prayer and communion, the time when we are given the gift of Christ's very body and blood.
The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith as Catholics. But that doesn't mean that we always know what we're doing. This six-part series will break the many parts of mass down to explain what we do and why we do it.