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Is the Catholic Church a Force for Good?

by Matt Nelson May 25, 2015 0 Comments

Western civilization is greatly indebted to the Catholic Church. Modern historical studies—such as Dr. Thomas E. Woods' How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization—have demo...

''Braveheart'' and the Need for Heroic Fatherhood

by Christopher West May 22, 2015 0 Comments

Stunned. Overwhelmed. Speechless. As the credits rolled, so did the tears. My fiancée and I were the last to leave the theater and didn’t do so until we were practically kicked out.&nb...

10 Things I Learned in My First Year of Seminary

by Joe Heschmeyer May 21, 2015 2 Comments

After finishing my first year of seminary, before I set out to spend the summer at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, I spent some time reflecting on the experience. Here are ten things I learned th...

Now Available! Fr. Barron's ''2 Samuel'' Bible Commentary

by Fr. Robert Barron May 20, 2015 0 Comments

Friends, I'm excited to announce that my new commentary on 2 Samuel is now available. The volume is part of the Brazos Theological Commentary series, and journeys verse-by-verse through the colorfu...

Evangelizing the Difficult: 3 Simple Tips For Keeping The Dialogue Alive

by Matt Nelson May 19, 2015 0 Comments

1. Listen to the person across from you.  We’ve all heard this before. But do we do it? G.K. Chesterton wisely noted: “You’ve not only got to know what is...

Behind the Scenes of ''Heroic Priesthood'' (New Video!)

by Word on Fire May 18, 2015 0 Comments

Over 60,000 people have seen and shared Fr. Barron's short film, "Heroic Priesthood", created in partnership with Spirit Juice Studios. Today we share a fun behind-the-scenes video of the filming a...

All Things Good: St. Isidore and Care for Creation

by Brandon Vogt May 15, 2015 2 Comments

St. Isidore the Farmer (not to be confused with St. Isidore of Seville) was born in Madrid around the year 1070 to poor but devout parents. He spent his life as a servant laborer, working the field...

Our Lady of Fatima and Coincidences

by Ellyn von Huben May 13, 2015 2 Comments

Much like Flannery O’Connor, I have a distrust for stories of pious children. But in my quirky and occasionally pious childhood, I did have a great liking for two cinematic stories of our Ble...

Failing Your Way to Sanctity

by Jared Zimmerer May 12, 2015 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 ...

''Come back! Come Back...''

by Heather King May 11, 2015 10 Comments

"We must all be saved together! Reach God together! Appear before Him together! We must return to our Father’s house together…what would He think if we arrived without the others, wi...

Secrets and Transparency

by Dr. Tom Neal May 08, 2015 4 Comments

I was listening to a lecture recently on St. Ignatius’ Rules for the Discernment of Spirits, which offer ways to interpret the alternating states of consolation (e.g. faith, hope, charit...

Doubting Thomas and Mercy

by Fr. Michael Cummins May 07, 2015 2 Comments

I have never been a fan of the “Doubting Thomas” designation.  I believe it makes light of a very real spiritual and emotional turmoil occurring within the life of the disciple and...

3 Simple Ways to Debunk Relativism, Skepticism, and Materialism

by Joe Heschmeyer May 06, 2015 0 Comments

Gorgias the Nihilist, an ancient Greek philosopher, was said to have argued the following four points: Nothing exists; Even if something exists, nothing can be known about it; and Even if some...