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[Videos] Bishop Barron on St. Catherine of Siena

by Bishop Robert Barron Apr 29, 2016 0 Comments

Today, on the feast of St. Catherine of Siena, we're excited to share several sneak peeks from the St. Catherine episode in Bishop Barron's upcoming film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. ...

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and God’s Mysterious Providence

by Chris Hazell Apr 28, 2016 0 Comments

The much anticipated next installment to the Star Wars saga, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, has finally made its way to video. The film, carefully and effectively piloted by director J.J. Abrams, ...

5 Reasons Why Men Should Go to Mass

by Jared Zimmerer Apr 27, 2016 2 Comments

As a husband, a father of five, a fitness advocate, an avid reader, and a man who is continually searching for mental, physical, and spiritual growth, the Eucharistic sacrifice of the Mass has beco...

The God of Big Things

by Dr. Tom Neal Apr 26, 2016 1 Comments

A friend of mine sent me an email the other day that contained someone else’s questions to him. Their questions were about how open and flexible they should remain in seeking God&rs...

In Response to God’s Silence

by Chris Hazell Apr 25, 2016 2 Comments

Silence. It can be a reservoir of flowing peace and nourishing grace. It can call to mind our cherished identity, compelling us to respond to God and others with that same, first love he has shown ...

“Zootopia” and the Big Questions of Life

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Apr 22, 2016 0 Comments

Disney Studios has caused quite a stir over its latest movie, Zootopia. There is little disagreement over the movie’s wit and charm, but its message has not received such universal accla...

St. Anselm and Polishing the Diamonds

by Bishop Robert Barron Apr 21, 2016 5 Comments

There is a regrettable interpretation of the cross that has, unfortunately, infected the minds of many Christians. This is the view that the bloody sacrifice of the Son on the cross was “sati...

When We Don't See God Clearly

by Chris Hazell Apr 20, 2016 0 Comments

Once a widowed friend of mine shared with me her experience of witnessing God’s presence in her life. Her eyes gleaned of a vague sadness, though her wizened smile emanated joy. Despite a lif...

Batman vs. Superman: A Theological Gladiator Match

by Robert Mixa Apr 19, 2016 0 Comments

I recently saw Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Despite the critics’ negative reviews, it is good. It has its problems. Nevertheless, it effectively blended comic book superhero act...

Catechism in Blue Jeans

by Edmund Mitchell Apr 18, 2016 4 Comments

There was one thing on the minds of all Bishops gathered in Rome on November 25, 1985: blue jeans. George Cardinal Law addressed the Bishops with these words: “Iuvenes Bostoniensis, Leningra...

Workplace Evangelists: An Interview with Jennifer Baugh

by Jared Zimmerer Apr 15, 2016 1 Comments

As St. John Paul II noted, "the time has come to commit all of the Church's energies to a new evangelization," and those energies must seep into every facet of life, from home, to school, to t...

Josef Pieper and the Exaltation of Wonder

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Apr 14, 2016 2 Comments

It’s hard not to like Josef Pieper. His Leisure: the Basis of Culture is a veritable battle-cry for young, intelligent Catholics who like to talk about what’s wrong with the w...

From Atheist Professor to Catholic: An Interview with Dr. Holly Ordway

by Brandon Vogt Apr 13, 2016 14 Comments

Growing up, Holly Ordway was convinced God was little more than superstition, completely unsupported by evidence or reason. She later attained a PhD in literature, traveled the country as...

The Danger of Narrowcasting in the Church

by Fr. Michael Cummins Apr 12, 2016 3 Comments

There has been a trend developing in our national news media and you have probably noticed it.  It is the move from “broad-casting” to “narrow-casting.”  Charles S...