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Will the Real Saint Mary Magdalene Please Stand Up?

by Fr. Steve Grunow Jul 22, 2016 1 Comments

The Church commemorates the witness of Saint Mary Magdalene today. She has become a controversial figure, re-structured by some as an avatar of feminist aspirations and then rebranded in the fictio...

Missing Happiness By a Hair

by Heather King Jul 21, 2016 0 Comments

Walking along out in the desert last week, my thoughts turned to happiness. I thought about how with Christ, things take on a whole different order. He invites us into a whole different dimens...

Why a Catholic Funeral?

by Fr. Michael Cummins Jul 20, 2016 2 Comments

Why a Catholic funeral? There is a reason why I ask this question. The life of a parish priest affords a unique vantage point not just on developments within the Church but also on movements in soc...

Don't Be Nice; Be Excellent

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Jul 19, 2016 0 Comments

“Be excellent to each other” is not only the catch-phrase of an 80s cult classic but also an excellent guide to life. And despite its dubious origin, there is wisdom contained...

What Should Christians Think About Self-Help Books?

by Chris Hazell Jul 18, 2016 0 Comments

In recent years, there has been a breached interest in self-discovery: a search to uncover the secret to the inner self in hopes of procuring purpose, meaning and abiding happiness. And so many hav...

St. Bonaventure's Holy Hunger

by Word on Fire Jul 15, 2016 0 Comments

Today is the feast day of St. Bonaventure, a Doctor of the Church, disciple of St. Francis, and theological contemporary of St. Thomas Aquinas. His dedication to Christ crucified continues to inspi...

St. Kateri Tekakwitha and the Crucible of Sanctity

by Fr. Steve Grunow Jul 14, 2016 4 Comments

An important question for all Christians to consider is whether or not we treat the grace that Christ has given us as something cheap. We might have habituated ourselves to set patterns of religiou...

Human Physicality and the Near Occasion of Sin

by Jared Zimmerer Jul 13, 2016 1 Comments

Pornography, as well as puritanism, are both deeply flawed visions of the human body. Is it possible to display an image of a human form in such a way that it is not to be construed as simply a ne...

How to Prove that God Doesn’t Exist

by Matt Nelson Jul 12, 2016 1 Comments

There are a couple things I can appreciate about the “Who designed the Designer?” argument. Although it is rooted in a caricature of the kalam cosmological argument’s first ...

How St. Benedict Reshaped the Culture

by Fr. Steve Grunow Jul 11, 2016 0 Comments

In the year 480 AD, the last of the rulers of what remained of the western Roman Empire, a man by the name of Julius Nepos, died, leaving one Roman Emperor in the far off eastern city of Constantin...

Why the Moral Law is Key to Happiness

by Joe Heschmeyer Jul 08, 2016 1 Comments

Back in April, Gail Dines, a sociologist at Wheelock College in Boston, wrote a Washington Post piece arguing that pornography is a public health threat, regardless of its (im)m...

5 Surprising Facts from the Latest U.S. Poll About God and Atheism

by Brandon Vogt Jul 07, 2016 1 Comments

CARA is a national, non-profit research group affiliated with Georgetown University. It conducts social scientific studies about the Catholic Church. Founded in 1964, CARA has three major...

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Victory of Heaven

by David Stavarz Jul 06, 2016 1 Comments

Finally, after over 50 years, Cleveland has seen a championship! Finally, after a season and post-season filled with struggle, with missed shots, with sacrifice, with injuries, with determination, ...

A Wild-West Priest Meets the Tooth of a Saint

by Joseph Gloor Jul 05, 2016 1 Comments

Last week, I waited in line alongside hundreds of people at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles, hoping to catch a glimpse inside a glass case that held a locket that held a jawbone tha...