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The Heroic Face of Innocence

by Ellyn von Huben Oct 24, 2014 0 Comments

“We are the Church of the Saints.” This simple declaration is at the crux of two ‘stories’ and one screen play in The Heroic Face of Innocence (Eerdmans, 1999), written by t...

St. John Capistrano, the Soldier Saint

by Fr. Steve Grunow Oct 23, 2014 1 Comments

In 1976, October 23 was assigned by Pope Paul VI as the date the Church would remember the life and witness of Saint John Capistrano. Saint John Capistrano died on this day in the year 1456. ...

Why Pope John Paul II is a Saint

by Fr. Robert Barron Oct 22, 2014 2 Comments

As all of his biographers remind us, Karol Wojtyla came of age at one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century. When he was 19 years old and just commencing his university career, the Nazis ...

Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow’s Inadvertent Proof for God

by Joe Heschmeyer Oct 21, 2014 17 Comments

There's an old saying about giving a man enough rope, and he'll hang himself. The idea is that if someone is wrong or lying, the longer they go on, the more obvious this becomes.  Well, B...

Workplace Evangelists: An Interview with Jennifer Baugh

by Jared Zimmerer Oct 20, 2014 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...

Igneous Saint

by Dr. Tom Neal Oct 17, 2014 1 Comments

Today is the feast of my favorite author among the Fathers of the Church, St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca. 30-108 CE). His writings witness to an impassioned orthodoxy enwrapped in a love for Chr...

The Scars of God

by Matthew Becklo Oct 16, 2014 1 Comments

In the song “Dear God 2.0” by The Roots, Monsters of Folk’s Jim James poses a sincere question of an all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving God: Dear God, I'm trying hard to r...

St. Teresa of Avila and Holy Reform

by Fr. Steve Grunow Oct 15, 2014 2 Comments

"At that time, the news reached me of harm being done to the Church, and that the works of her opponents were flourishing. This news distressed me greatly, and I wondered if I could do anything. ...

Sons of Anarchy and the Rise of Cognitive Dissonance

by Jared Zimmerer Oct 14, 2014 0 Comments

The hit show "Sons of Anarchy", which is just beginning its final season, centers around a motorcycle club in a small town named Charming Heights. In true outlaw spirit, this club uses illegal mean...

Fr. Barron's Top 10 YouTube Videos of All Time

by Brandon Vogt Oct 13, 2014 2 Comments

This weekend, Fr. Robert Barron's YouTube channel received its 10 millionth view. It's an astounding testament to the reach of the new media, but also a sign of the support that you and others have...

The Human Strain

by Matthew Becklo Oct 10, 2014 0 Comments

In his dark 1977 novel Lancelot, novelist Walker Percy brings us into the walls of a mental institution to hear a man named Lancelot tell his life story, a tale of empty commercialism, salacio...

Did a Miracle Occur in Knoxville, Tennessee?

by Fr. Michael Cummins Oct 09, 2014 0 Comments

“Did a miracle occur in Knoxville, Tennessee?”  This is the question at the heart of an inquiry just initiated by Bishop Richard Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville.  Bishop Sti...

"The Joy of the Gospel" Resources and Book Giveaway

by Brandon Vogt Oct 08, 2014 202 Comments

Last November, Pope Francis released his first solo encyclical, Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium). Fr. Barron has produced a few videos on the themes of joy and evangelization: You ...

Our Lady of the Rosary and the Battle of Lepanto

by Fr. Steve Grunow Oct 07, 2014 1 Comments

Today the Church commemorates the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a celebration that has its origin not, as it would seem, in simply a prayer, but in a battle.  On Octobe...