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The Contagious Enthusiasm of St. Bede

by Fr. Steve Grunow May 25, 2016 0 Comments

There is an understanding of the Church put forward by her detractors and enemies that for much (if not all) of its history, the Church has been a backward institution responsible for fomenting sup...

What Should You Name Your Child? Ask Sir Tasty...

by Ellyn von Huben May 24, 2016 1 Comments

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” could have been a plea that Adrian Williams would make to both his mother and the Wisconsin State Appeals Court when he petitioned to ch...

The Necessity of Youth Ministry

by Fr. Damian Ference May 23, 2016 3 Comments

Recently, one of my priest colleagues here at the seminary emailed me about a new essay on youth ministry. The piece was entitled, “The Problem With Youth Ministry,” written by the...

Bishop Barron's Top 10 Resources on the Trinity

by Bishop Robert Barron May 20, 2016 0 Comments

This Sunday we'll celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. To help you prepare we've gathered the top ten resources from Bishop Barron and Word on Fire on the Trinity. Enjoy! [widget id=77]

Proofs of God: An Interview with Dr. Matthew Levering

by Brandon Vogt May 19, 2016 0 Comments

In his newest book, Proofs of God: Classical Arguments from Tertullian to Barth (Baker Academic, 2016), leading theologian Dr. Matthew Levering presents a thoroughgoing critical survey of...

Peter Kreeft on Bishop Barron's New Book (+ 3 free eBooks!)

by Word on Fire May 18, 2016 0 Comments

We're excited to share Bishop Barron's newest book, Vibrant Paradoxes: The Both/And of Catholicism. Read below to discover the Foreword by Dr. Peter Kreeft, philosopher, apologist, and author ...

A Christian Man Who Raps, Not a Christian Rapper

by Dr. Tom Neal May 17, 2016 3 Comments

I was sitting in McDonald’s the other day waiting for my car to be repaired, trying to write up some end-of-the-academic-year reports amid the noises that tend to populate a McDonald’s....

Patron Saints of Final Exams

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph May 16, 2016 0 Comments

While some people talk about the end of the academic year as “winding down,” for me it is more like accelerating, as the papers and exams pile up, caffeine intake increases, and sleep i...

Our Lady of Fatima and Coincidences

by Ellyn von Huben May 13, 2016 8 Comments

Much like Flannery O’Connor, I have a distrust for stories of pious children. But in my quirky and occasionally pious childhood, I did have a great liking for two cinematic stories of our Ble...

How Jesus Evangelized

by Fr. Michael Cummins May 12, 2016 2 Comments

I do not think that the New Evangelization is just about what we say as Christians, nor about what new technologies we use to proclaim the Good News but also about how and the manner by w...

My Dear Young Friends: A Reflection on the Fecundity of Mentoring

by Fr. Damian Ference May 11, 2016 4 Comments

Both of my parents were in the union. My dad was an elevator mechanic, my mom was a teacher, and they raised my brother and me in Parma, Ohio – a blue-collar, first-ring suburb of Cleveland. ...

A Leper for Christ: St. Damien of Molokai and Solidarity

by Brandon Vogt May 10, 2016 1 Comments

When Damien de Veuster arrived in Hawaii in 1864, he found an island-community beset by infections. Over the years, travelers and seamen had introduced diseases like influenza and syphilis. Yet non...

Too Busy for Church?

by Ellyn von Huben May 09, 2016 8 Comments

Well, this was one factoid that didn’t pop up in 100 Pop Culture Things that Make You a Millenial: 48% of Millennial Catholics don’t attend Mass more often because of “family resp...

And Violent Men Take it By Force

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph May 06, 2016 1 Comments

When asked in what way Christianity is related to violence, most believers would probably say they are mutually exclusive. The notion of violence seems utterly repugnant to the Christ who spoke suc...