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St. Gregory of Narek, the Marginal Doctor

by Dr. Tom Neal Mar 04, 2015 0 Comments

In case you missed it, Pope Francis just named a new Doctor of the Church! I was so excited when I read the news that I wanted to shout for joy (but it was 6:00 a.m. and I thought better). Let me ...

The Elevated Justice of St. Katharine Drexel

by Fr. Robert Barron Mar 03, 2015 0 Comments

On the Feast of St. Katharine Drexel, I share the following excerpt from my book, The Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism (Brazos Press, 2008). You can also find a beautiful p...

The Proven Path to Knowing and Following Jesus

by Word on Fire Mar 02, 2015 0 Comments

Sherry Weddell's groundbreaking book, Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012), has taken the Catholic world by storm. Thousands of peo...

Why Does God Exist?

by Dr. Tom Neal Feb 27, 2015 3 Comments

My sons and I (my daughters I will discuss another time) often have bedtime chats about the Big Questions of life, which is a delight and a challenge. It’s a delight because they are fascinat...

Mystery and Music

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Feb 26, 2015 0 Comments

Last May saw the first fruits of a little-known but compellingly ambitious project of the Netherlands Bach Society. The project, called All of Bach, is exactly what it sounds like: they are pe...

Atheism and the Problem of Beauty

by Joe Heschmeyer Feb 25, 2015 5 Comments

A lot has been said about the “problem of pain.” Why, if God is both loving and all-powerful, is there still suffering in the world? The question is a challenge for Catholics, as f...

Family, Faith, and the Pope: An Interview with Archbishop Charles Chaput

by Brandon Vogt Feb 24, 2015 0 Comments

The family has always been central for Christians. The Catechism describes it as the "the original cell of social life," Catholics pay great homage to the Holy Family, and recent popes have ta...

St. Polycarp's Enduring Lesson

by Fr. Steve Grunow Feb 23, 2015 0 Comments

The Church remembers the witness of Saint Polycarp today, who was killed because he would not renounce his faith in the Lord Jesus in the year 155 AD. Saint Polycarp was a victim of the brutal per...

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

by Fr. Damian Ference Feb 20, 2015 3 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. ...

Pick Up Your Mat

by Jared Zimmerer Feb 19, 2015 1 Comments

One of my favorite stories in the Gospels occurs in the Gospel of Mark, known as the ‘Healing of the Paralytic.’ We all know the story. Jesus was inside a home and was surrounded by man...

Why Lent? Fr. Barron Explains (Video)

by Word on Fire Feb 18, 2015 1 Comments

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent. For so many of us, it means ashes today, sacrifice for weeks, and then a big celebration at the end of it all. But why? Wh...

My Body Pines For You

by Dr. Tom Neal Feb 17, 2015 1 Comments

I was privileged to hear a lecture recently by a priest who did his graduate work on the life and spirituality of Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Among other things, he focused on the theme of ...

When Faith and Technology Collide: An Interview with Verbum's Alex Renn

by Brandon Vogt Feb 16, 2015 1 Comments

Each of the last three popes - Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, and St. John Paul II - has independently described the modern new media as "gifts from God." This is partly because these tools are t...

Candy Hearts or Martyrdom?: The Real Meaning of Valentine's Day

by Fr. Steve Grunow Feb 13, 2015 1 Comments

Tomorrow the Church celebrates the witness of Saints Cyril and Methodius—no, I did not just make a mistake. While tomorrow's date remains in the popular culture associated with Saint Val...