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St. John the Baptist and the Birth of a New Era

by Fr. Steve Grunow Jun 24, 2016 0 Comments

The birth of a child always represents both an end and a beginning. For the child, it is the end of the narrow world of the mother's womb and the beginning of all the possibilities that will l...

How to Find Hope When Everything Seems Dark

by Dr. Tom Neal Jun 23, 2016 0 Comments

"There is so much deep contradiction in my soul. Such deep longing for God – so deep that it is painful – a suffering continual – and yet not wanted by God – repulsed &ndash...

St. Thomas More, a Saint for All Seasons

by Brandon Vogt Jun 22, 2016 1 Comments

Thanks to the 1966 film, A Man for All Seasons, which won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Actor, millions of people have witnessed the remarkable courage of St. Thomas More. With his feast da...

How Do We Respond with Love to a Crying World?

by Chris Hazell Jun 21, 2016 2 Comments

In lifeless bold letters across a slab of concrete, the word “Indifferenza” (“Indifference”) is etched at Milan’s Holocaust Memorial. The somber word, heavy with plain...

The Church Where Your Umbrella Gets Stolen

by Dr. Tom Neal Jun 20, 2016 9 Comments

The church is not a museum of saints, but a hospital for sinners. I see clearly that the thing the Church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithfu...

How Do We Know When We are Truly Encountering God?

by Bishop Robert Barron Jun 17, 2016 1 Comments

God is not one being among many; He is not a “thing” in this world. How, then, can we describe an encounter with the God who is essentially mysterious? Bishop Barron explains in today's...

The Great Gift of Confession

by Heather King Jun 16, 2016 2 Comments

I once met an Episcopal minister-in-training who wants to invite “the great gift of confession” into her own circles. In its way, this is lovely. But Confession the way I understand it-...

We Want a Day Without Death

by Fr. Michael Cummins Jun 15, 2016 2 Comments

There are two scenes in the movie Risen that build upon one another. Both scenes involve the Roman tribune Clavius who has been assigned to investigate the empty tomb of Christ.  The first sc...

Why You Should Read G.K. Chesterton (Even When It's Hard)

by Matt Nelson Jun 14, 2016 2 Comments

Today marks the anniversary of the death of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, a man of colossal genius. Even his “enemies” thought so. His debate opponent, George Bernard Shaw, admitted Chester...

What St. Anthony Really Wants to Help You Find

by Ellyn von Huben Jun 13, 2016 0 Comments

I hadn’t been a Catholic too long when I had my first opportunity to implore the intercession of St. Anthony for help in finding something lost. Not that I was totally sold on the idea that I...

Ray Bradbury, Summertime, and Dandelions

by Ellyn von Huben Jun 10, 2016 1 Comments

Summertime, and the living's easy.   And what makes it easy, when faced with heat, humidity, mosquitoes? Because when school is out, you have unlimited time to read anything you want...

The Grass Is Brown On Both Sides

by Fr. Damian Ference Jun 09, 2016 1 Comments

Although it’s not nearly as bad as it used to be, I still have this bad habit—I romanticize the vocation of marriage. And this is an easy thing to do for a celibate, or for one who is s...

Walkable Cities and the Good Life

by Robert Mixa Jun 08, 2016 1 Comments

Years ago, an elderly man would walk the busy streets of our Chicago suburb. He was an immigrant. The rumor of the neighborhood was that he was from Eastern Europe, and he and his wife lived with t...

A Priest at His Father's Funeral

by Fr. Damian Ference Jun 07, 2016 2 Comments

The whole reason that we are here today, my brothers and sisters, is not simply because my dad died.  You may think that’s why you are here, but there’s more to it.  Trust me....