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“The Devil We Know”: FOX Network Reboots “The Exorcist”

by Fr. Steve Grunow Oct 28, 2016 0 Comments

Fox television recently introduced a new series based on William Peter Blatty’s bestselling novel The Exorcist. The novel, published in 1971, inspired a film by the same name that became...

10 Most Haunted Catholic Sites in America

by Word on Fire Oct 27, 2016 2 Comments

Well, it’s Halloween season: a time when folks dress up in all manner of costumes while enjoying candy, parties, scary movies and ghost stories. The ghost stories in particular arouse the int...

It's Time for Catholics to Embrace Halloween

by Fr. Steve Grunow Oct 26, 2016 22 Comments

As we near All Hallows Eve, aka Halloween, we fired some questions at the walking encyclopedia that is Father Steve Grunow, and he responded with everything you ever wanted to know about Halloween ...

The Visceral Reality of God's Love

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Oct 25, 2016 0 Comments

I once heard a preacher tell his congregation that Catholics have a peculiar fascination with the gruesomeness of the crucifixion and that this sick fixation on “gore” was behind the de...

What the Laity Knead

by Dr. Tom Neal Oct 24, 2016 1 Comments

When I was in Omaha recently, I had lunch with a dear friend. We got to talking about the lay vocation (a shock, I know), and the need for the church to re-focus its faith formation and preaching e...

St. John Paul II, the Heroic Pope

by Bishop Robert Barron Oct 21, 2016 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 Nazi...

Frank Turner's Secular Gospel: The Beauty of Humanity

by David Stavarz Oct 20, 2016 0 Comments

One of the main missions of the Church here on Earth is to search for and promote beauty. Our universe, as it has been created and saturated with meaning, depth, and beauty, is a giant exploration ...

Failing Your Way to Sanctity

by Jared Zimmerer Oct 19, 2016 1 Comments

One of my favorite subjects to read about and investigate is what might aptly be named ‘self-improvement’ or ‘character building’. To be sure, there are several works which ...

Saint Luke, the Artist

by Fr. Michael Cummins Oct 18, 2016 1 Comments

St. Luke is known as a fellow worker with St. Paul, an evangelist (the author of the gospel that bears his name and the Acts of the Apostles) and a physician. For iconographers, St. Luke is revered...

St. Ignatius of Antioch and the Medicine of Immortality

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Oct 17, 2016 1 Comments

From the earliest days, the Church has faced the perennial temptation to deny the goodness of material creation in general and of the human body in particular. The Platonic notion of the body as a ...

St. Teresa of Ávila and the Need to Persist

by Fr. Steve Grunow Oct 14, 2016 3 Comments

Tomorrow, on October 15th, the Church celebrates the holiness of St. Teresa of Avila, a doctor of the Church and a master of the Christian spiritual life. Teresa was born in the year 1515 and her ...

The Possibility of Holiness

by Fr. Michael Cummins Oct 13, 2016 5 Comments

I am not holy.  My sins, failures and weaknesses are before me every day, but I believe in the possibility of holiness and it is this belief that keeps me in the Church.  I am not na&ium...

William Shakespeare, O.P.?

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Oct 12, 2016 0 Comments

Shakespeare was a secret Catholic, more and more readers claim. Might he also have been a surreptitious Dominican—a tertiary like St. Catherine of Siena? A...

The Virtues of Saint John XXIII

by Bishop Robert Barron Oct 11, 2016 4 Comments

In 2014, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (Pope John XXIII) was recognized as a saint of the Catholic Church, and may God be praised for it! No one with the slightest amount of historical sensibility would...