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What the Laity Knead

by Dr. Tom Neal Oct 24, 2016 0 Comments

When I was in Omaha recently, I had lunch with a dear friend. We got to talking about the lay vocation (a shock, I know), and the need for the church to re-focus its faith formation and preaching e...

St. John Paul II, the Heroic Pope

by Bishop Robert Barron Oct 21, 2016 2 Comments

As all of his biographers remind us, Karol Wojtyla came of age at one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century. When he was 19 years old and just commencing his university career, the Nazi...

Frank Turner's Secular Gospel: The Beauty of Humanity

by David Stavarz Oct 20, 2016 0 Comments

One of the main missions of the Church here on Earth is to search for and promote beauty. Our universe, as it has been created and saturated with meaning, depth, and beauty, is a giant exploration ...

Failing Your Way to Sanctity

by Jared Zimmerer Oct 19, 2016 1 Comments

One of my favorite subjects to read about and investigate is what might aptly be named ‘self-improvement’ or ‘character building’. To be sure, there are several works which ...

Saint Luke, the Artist

by Fr. Michael Cummins Oct 18, 2016 1 Comments

St. Luke is known as a fellow worker with St. Paul, an evangelist (the author of the gospel that bears his name and the Acts of the Apostles) and a physician. For iconographers, St. Luke is revered...

St. Ignatius of Antioch and the Medicine of Immortality

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Oct 17, 2016 1 Comments

From the earliest days, the Church has faced the perennial temptation to deny the goodness of material creation in general and of the human body in particular. The Platonic notion of the body as a ...

St. Teresa of Ávila and the Need to Persist

by Fr. Steve Grunow Oct 14, 2016 3 Comments

Tomorrow, on October 15th, the Church celebrates the holiness of St. Teresa of Avila, a doctor of the Church and a master of the Christian spiritual life. Teresa was born in the year 1515 and her ...

The Possibility of Holiness

by Fr. Michael Cummins Oct 13, 2016 5 Comments

I am not holy.  My sins, failures and weaknesses are before me every day, but I believe in the possibility of holiness and it is this belief that keeps me in the Church.  I am not na&ium...

William Shakespeare, O.P.?

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Oct 12, 2016 0 Comments

Shakespeare was a secret Catholic, more and more readers claim. Might he also have been a surreptitious Dominican—a tertiary like St. Catherine of Siena? A...

The Virtues of Saint John XXIII

by Bishop Robert Barron Oct 11, 2016 4 Comments

In 2014, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (Pope John XXIII) was recognized as a saint of the Catholic Church, and may God be praised for it! No one with the slightest amount of historical sensibility would...

Bloom Where You're Planted

by Dr. Tom Neal Oct 10, 2016 2 Comments

I was listening to Orthodox theologian Fr. Tom Hopko last summer, and he shared a marvelous Latin quote from St. Benedict of Nursia: "Age quod agis (do what you are doing)." He also shared an...

Our Lady of the Rosary and the Battle of Lepanto

by Fr. Steve Grunow Oct 07, 2016 4 Comments

Today the Church commemorates the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a celebration that has its origin not, as it would seem, in simply a prayer, but in a battle. On October 7th,...

But Who Created God?

by Joe Heschmeyer Oct 06, 2016 2 Comments

A surprisingly common objection raised by atheists against the idea of God is “who created the Creator?” The argument asks, essentially, why theists think that creation needs ...

We Need More Catholic Gentlemen

by Dr. Tom Neal Oct 05, 2016 1 Comments

The Catechism of the Catholic Church #2365 says this: St. John Chrysostom suggests that young husbands should say to their wives: I have taken you in my arms, and I love you, and I prefer you to...