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O Church: Serve the Sacred Secularists!

by Dr. Tom Neal Dec 05, 2016 0 Comments

One very big obstacle to getting a significant number of lay Catholics to participate in missionary formation is the fact that, when this formation is complete, there will be no “job” f...

The Most Effective Evangelist in History

by Brandon Vogt Dec 02, 2016 2 Comments

Born in 1506 in Navarre, Spain, Francis Xavier was the youngest son of a wealthy state official. Although his brothers joined the army, Francis studied law and theology at the University of Paris, ...

Void of Sentimentality: A Review of Alanna Boudreau’s “Champion”

by Fr. Damian Ference Dec 01, 2016 2 Comments

What is the opposite of sentimental? I spent an entire morning over Thanksgiving break searching for the answer to this question. Engaging in some good discussion with friends, both in person and o...

Andrew, Apostle of the East

by Dr. Tom Neal Nov 30, 2016 1 Comments

On this Feast of the apostle St. Andrew, brother of St. Peter, Pope Francis will send his festal greetings to Patriarch Bartholomew in Constantinople (Istanbul) whose patriarchal See was, according...

The Idolatry of Anxiety?

by Joe Heschmeyer Nov 29, 2016 6 Comments

When we talk about idolatry, it’s usually in terms of worship or love. You’re either committing idolatry by worshiping what isn’t God, or (more controversially) loving someone or ...

In Defense of the Crucifix

by Matt Nelson Nov 28, 2016 0 Comments

The Christian crucifix draws the eyes, mind, and heart to the death of Jesus of Nazareth two thousand years ago. To many an atheist the crucifix is too much – for it is an image of ...

Gratitude, the Faithful Echo of Generosity

by Dr. Tom Neal Nov 25, 2016 6 Comments

What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov Prayer is an aspiration of the heart. It is a simple glance directed to ...

Straightening Out the Golden Rule

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Nov 23, 2016 0 Comments

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” We’ve all heard the Golden Rule a thousand times. We’ve all told people to remember the Golden Rule another thousand ti...

Maintaining Inner Peace

by Chris Hazell Nov 22, 2016 4 Comments

A couple times a week I run along a small bay that neighbors my house. In the early mornings, if I’m able to get out at that time, I’m always struck by the stillness of that stretch of ...

The Apologetics of Witness

by Jared Zimmerer Nov 21, 2016 0 Comments

When I am asked why I have four kids, my favorite answer is, “Because I’m Catholic.” In this simple yet provocative answer I achieve what might be known as ‘The Apologetics ...

Bishop Barron's Top 10 Resources on Christ the King

by Bishop Robert Barron Nov 18, 2016 0 Comments

This weekend the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, more popularly known as the Feast of Christ the King. To help you prepare, we're sharing ten of Bish...

Sign up for Bishop Barron's FREE Daily Advent Reflections!

by Word on Fire Nov 17, 2016 8 Comments

Another exciting announcement from Word on Fire! Starting on Advent Sunday this year (November 27), Bishop Robert Barron will once again offer FREE daily reflections throughout the season of Adven...

Bishop Barron's Top 10 Resources on Evangelism and Catechesis

by Bishop Robert Barron Nov 16, 2016 0 Comments

Just yesterday, Bishop Robert Barron was chosen by his brother bishops to be the new Chairman of Evangelization and Catechesis for the United States Council of Catholic Bishops. To celebrate h...

Why Bishop Barron Thinks You Should Read “Liturgy and Personality”

by Bishop Robert Barron Nov 15, 2016 0 Comments

Written in 1932 in the space of just twenty-three days and published in Germany the following year, Liturgy and Personality is one of the most influential and beloved books by seminal philosop...