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How to Achieve the Martha/Mary Balance

by Ellyn von Huben Jul 29, 2016 0 Comments

Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in re...

The Surprising Power of Doing Acts of Mercy in Secret

by Dr. Tom Neal Jul 28, 2016 1 Comments

Do acts of mercy in secret. Just do some good things that no one knows about. — Fr. Tom Hopko There’s a tension in the Gospel between Jesus’ command to do good in public...

Why Marrying the “Wrong Person” Is Reason for Hope

by Chris Hazell Jul 27, 2016 1 Comments

A sobering article in The New York Times written by Alain de Botton came out recently, titled “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person.” As the seemingly pessimistic title states, the artic...

Who Were Christ's Grandparents?

by Fr. Steve Grunow Jul 26, 2016 1 Comments

The Scriptures tell us everything that we need to know about the Lord Jesus that is necessary for our salvation.  In other words, we know what is true and essential about Christ from what he h...

St. James and Santiago's Sacred Way

by Fr. Steve Grunow Jul 25, 2016 0 Comments

July 25th is the Feast of St. James the Greater, one of the Twelve Apostles and the first of them to be martyred. Acts of the Apostles records that he was killed at the command of Herod Agrippa, a ...

Will the Real Saint Mary Magdalene Please Stand Up?

by Fr. Steve Grunow Jul 22, 2016 2 Comments

The Church commemorates the witness of Saint Mary Magdalene today. She has become a controversial figure, re-structured by some as an avatar of feminist aspirations and then rebranded in the fictio...

Missing Happiness By a Hair

by Heather King Jul 21, 2016 1 Comments

Walking along out in the desert last week, my thoughts turned to happiness. I thought about how with Christ, things take on a whole different order. He invites us into a whole different dimens...

Why a Catholic Funeral?

by Fr. Michael Cummins Jul 20, 2016 2 Comments

Why a Catholic funeral? There is a reason why I ask this question. The life of a parish priest affords a unique vantage point not just on developments within the Church but also on movements in soc...

Don't Be Nice; Be Excellent

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Jul 19, 2016 0 Comments

“Be excellent to each other” is not only the catch-phrase of an 80s cult classic but also an excellent guide to life. And despite its dubious origin, there is wisdom contained...

What Should Christians Think About Self-Help Books?

by Chris Hazell Jul 18, 2016 1 Comments

In recent years, there has been a breached interest in self-discovery: a search to uncover the secret to the inner self in hopes of procuring purpose, meaning and abiding happiness. And so many hav...

St. Bonaventure's Holy Hunger

by Word on Fire Jul 15, 2016 0 Comments

Today is the feast day of St. Bonaventure, a Doctor of the Church, disciple of St. Francis, and theological contemporary of St. Thomas Aquinas. His dedication to Christ crucified continues to inspi...

St. Kateri Tekakwitha and the Crucible of Sanctity

by Fr. Steve Grunow Jul 14, 2016 4 Comments

An important question for all Christians to consider is whether or not we treat the grace that Christ has given us as something cheap. We might have habituated ourselves to set patterns of religiou...

Human Physicality and the Near Occasion of Sin

by Jared Zimmerer Jul 13, 2016 1 Comments

Pornography, as well as puritanism, are both deeply flawed visions of the human body. Is it possible to display an image of a human form in such a way that it is not to be construed as simply a ne...

How to Prove that God Doesn’t Exist

by Matt Nelson Jul 12, 2016 1 Comments

There are a couple things I can appreciate about the “Who designed the Designer?” argument. Although it is rooted in a caricature of the kalam cosmological argument’s first ...