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Introducing Fr. Barron's newest book (plus a FREE bonus today only!)

by Brandon Vogt Mar 26, 2015 1 Comments

Want to better share your faith with non-Catholic family and friends? Then you'll be excited to learn about Fr. Robert Barron's newest book, Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture, which jus...

An Incarnational Day: The Annunciation, Flannery O’Connor, John Paul II, and Priestly Formation

by Fr. Damian Ference Mar 25, 2015 2 Comments

Today is one of only two days within the entire liturgical year when we are instructed to genuflect during the recitation of the Creed at the words “and was incarnate.”  The other ...

Is Religion Responsible for the World's Violence?

by Joe Heschmeyer Mar 24, 2015 2 Comments

A few months ago, a “gun-toting atheist” and self-proclaimed “anti-theist” killed three Muslims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. There's some question still about whethe...

Feasting on Dust

by Dr. Tom Neal Mar 23, 2015 2 Comments

My spiritual director once said to me after I complained of a vapid dryness in my prayer that made me want to cut my prayer time short as it felt like a total ‘waste': "Don’t quit! T...

How to Celebrate the Tensions of Faith

by Dr. Tom Neal Mar 20, 2015 5 Comments

A few weeks ago, an acquaintance of mine who is a Catholic M.D. said, referring to the bio-ethical challenges he constantly faces, "Sometimes, the unending conflict I face in doing my medical wo...

The Loud Silence of St. Joseph

by Fr. Steve Grunow Mar 19, 2015 8 Comments

"We can have recourse to many saints as our intercessors, but go especially to Joseph..." - St. Teresa of Avila Today the Church celebrates the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the husband of the B...

The Virtues of Lent

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Mar 18, 2015 0 Comments

In one of the most shocking passages of the Gospels, Matthew 5:20-26, Jesus describes the righteousness one needs in order to reach the kingdom of heaven, noting that it must surpass that of the sc...

St. Patrick and the Lesson of Lough Derg

Mar 17, 2015 3 Comments

A few years ago, our CATHOLICISM series film crew arrived at the shores of large lake in far northwest Ireland, in the county of Donegal. We stepped onto a ferry and were taken to an isla...

The Simplest, Most Direct Argument for God’s Existence

by Brandon Vogt Mar 16, 2015 19 Comments

William Lane Craig is one of the sharpest Christian apologists today, especially on issues surrounding God’s existence, Jesus’ Resurrection, and objective morality. The PhD th...

Why You Should Crave Holy Fear

by Dr. Tom Neal Mar 13, 2015 1 Comments

The desert father Abba Poemen once said, “These three things are the most helpful of all: fear of the Lord; prayer; and doing good to one’s neighbor.” Fear of the Lord is a large...

Dressgate: Is Perception Reality?

by Matthew Becklo Mar 12, 2015 0 Comments

Philosophers are a maligned group these days. Neil deGrasse Tyson, for example, suggested that the paradigmatic philosophical question is not “Why is there something rather than not...

American Sniper and the Lesson of Virtue

Mar 11, 2015 2 Comments

Chris Kyle preferred the common good to his own individual good. If you’ve seen American Sniper, you’ll recall that his preference is displayed poignantly in an argument with his w...

Preacher as Servant to Dialogue

by Fr. Michael Cummins Mar 10, 2015 0 Comments

Recently, I re-read Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium and I was brought to the realization that the Holy Father proposes, in his section on preaching, the role of “s...