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St. Januarius, Patron Saint of Blood Banks

by Fr. Damian Ference Sep 19, 2014 3 Comments

If you think Catholicism is a little weird, then you’re in for a real treat. Today the Church celebrates St. Januarius, the patron saint of Naples and of blood banks, and his strange sto... Update and New Features

by Brandon Vogt Sep 18, 2014 2 Comments

It's been one month since we launched the new and improved and the reaction has been overwhelming. Over 150,000 visitors have explored the new site, racking up nearly 1,000,000 pagev...

Faithful Friendship with the Poor and Service as Community

by Fr. Michael Cummins Sep 17, 2014 3 Comments

How we do something is just as important as why we do it. As Christians, we are well aware of the injunction to serve the poorest and the most vulnerable. The prophets of Israel continually challen...

Fr. Barron's "Priest, Prophet, King" is Now Available!

by Brandon Vogt Sep 16, 2014 0 Comments

“The better we understand Jesus, the better we understand ourselves,” Father Robert Barron says about the release of his new film and study program, “Priest, Prophet, King&rdquo...

Why Our Lady of Sorrows?

by Fr. Steve Grunow Sep 15, 2014 1 Comments

The poet Wendell Berry reflects that “for parents, the only way is hard.  We who give life give pain.  There is no help.  Yet we who give pain give love; by pain we learn ...

Grand Old Names

by Ellyn von Huben Sep 12, 2014 1 Comments

But it was Mary, MaryLong before the fashions cameAnd there is something there that sounds so squareIt’s a grand old name (George M. Cohan “Mary’s A Grand Old Name”) I h...

Dispelling the Darkness of September 11th

Sep 11, 2014 1 Comments

“Suddenly summoned to witness something great and horrendous, we keep fighting not to reduce it to our own smallness…" These are the words of the writer, the late John Updike, as he d...

And Violent Men Take it By Force

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Sep 10, 2014 0 Comments

When asked in what way Christianity is related to violence, most believers would probably say they are mutually exclusive. The notion of violence seems utterly repugnant to the Christ who spoke suc...

The Slave of the Slaves

by Brandon Vogt Sep 09, 2014 0 Comments

I’ve always been attracted to saints who accomplish magnificent feats with little to no fanfare. Sure, you’ve got St. Paul evangelizing the whole known world, then you have St. Ignatius...

The Apologetics of Witness

by Jared Zimmerer Sep 08, 2014 0 Comments

When I am asked why I have four kids, my favorite answer is, “Because I’m Catholic.” In this simple yet provocative answer I achieve what might be known as ‘The Apologetics ...

Jesus in His Most Distressing Disguise

by Brandon Vogt Sep 05, 2014 2 Comments

The Christian Church has a long history of saints who helped the poor, sick, and dying. And like so many others Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) devoted herself to this vital work. But wh...

By God's Mighty Arm

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Sep 04, 2014 0 Comments

“Some boast of chariots, and some of horses;but we boast of the name of the Lord our God."- Psalm 20:7 The strength of man does not impress God. Our strength does not make us strong Chri...

St. Gregory and God's Decision

by Fr. Steve Grunow Sep 03, 2014 1 Comments

St. Gregory the Great was born in Rome around the year 540 AD. He was the member of a privileged family and, as such, had many opportunities available to him. However, young Gregory eschewed all ...

Experiencing the Sacraments in Middle Earth

by Jared Zimmerer Sep 02, 2014 1 Comments

I recently read a fantastic addition to the continued efforts to unfold the evangelistic vision within the literature of J.R.R. Tolkien entitled Tolkien’s Sacramental Vision: Discerning the H...