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How to Avoid a Fractured Spirituality

by Chris Hazell Feb 09, 2016 0 Comments

If you look at what all successful people have in common—from sports to entertainment to business—it’s that they have a singular devotion to a specific goal. They have concentrate...

St. Josephine Bakhita and the Door to Holiness

by Rozann Lee Feb 08, 2016 8 Comments

Today, the Church honors St. Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947), a Sudanese woman who was sold into brutal and abusive slavery as a young girl in the Darfur region of Africa, eventually transported to I...

Vinyl Records and Going To Mass

by David Stavarz Feb 05, 2016 7 Comments

Within the past year I have really gotten into buying and listening to vinyl records. When I was a kid I remember playing vinyl records with my dad and last Christmas I received a turntable from my...

The Francis Effect Hits Netflix

by Matthew Becklo Feb 04, 2016 0 Comments

After Pope Francis’ whirlwind visit to the United States in September, it can sometimes feel like the so-called “Francis effect” has up and vanished without a trace. But maybe ...

The Case for Jesus: Interview with Dr. Brant Pitre

by Brandon Vogt Feb 03, 2016 1 Comments

In his classic book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis posed his famous trilemma: based on what we read in Scripture, Jesus Christ was either a liar, lunatic, or Lord. Anyone who said the things h...

Candlemas and the Pillar of Fire

by Fr. Steve Grunow Feb 02, 2016 0 Comments

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, a day that is also known as Candlemas.  The Presentation of the Lord commemorates the Lord Jesus’ participation in a ritual encoded i...

4 Simple Ways to Share Bishop Barron's Lent Reflections With Your Parish

by Word on Fire Feb 01, 2016 0 Comments

We're just nine days away from Ash Wednesday, and over 275,000 people have signed up for Bishop Barron's daily Lenten reflections. Today, we'll share four simple ways that you can invite fellow par...

St. John Bosco, Eli, and the Value of Spiritual Mentors

by Fr. Michael Cummins Jan 29, 2016 0 Comments

This Sunday, on January 31st, the Church will celebrate the Feast of St. John Bosco – a man who devoted his life to helping young people.  One of the greatest blessings of our Christian ...

Bishop Barron's Top 10 Resources on St. Thomas Aquinas

by Word on Fire Jan 28, 2016 0 Comments

Today we celebrate St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the greatest minds in human history, a saint, a mystic, a scholar, a priest, and a Doctor of the Church. In honor of his feast day, we're sharing ...

The Alien Nation of “Fargo”

by Matthew Becklo Jan 27, 2016 2 Comments

Right before becoming hypnotized by a UFO in the middle of the road – a fatal error which puts him halfway through “self-actualizing” hairdresser Peggy Blumquist’s windshi...

David Bowie, Shakespeare, Death, and Hope

by Eric Wandrey Jan 26, 2016 10 Comments

For the past few months, I have been teaching religion class on Monday nights at a parish in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. Recently, I found out that the church was right next to the home o...

[Video] Bishop Barron on the Conversion of St. Paul

by Bishop Robert Barron Jan 25, 2016 0 Comments

On this Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Bishop Barron reminds us that we are a continuation of the story told in the Acts of Apostles. We have one mission: to announce the Lordship of Christ i...

5 Things You Can Do for the Unborn Today

by Ellyn von Huben Jan 22, 2016 4 Comments

Today marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that ruled state laws against abortion were unconstitutional. As millions gather to march and mourn in Washington, D.C. a...

St. Agnes and the Weight of Sacrifice

by Fr. Steve Grunow Jan 21, 2016 1 Comments

Today the Church remembers the witness of the martyr Agnes, a Roman girl, who at the age of 12 was faced with the decision, that none one should have to make, let alone one so young: denying her fa...