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St. Vincent de Paul and the Tricky Balance Between Frugality and Charity

by Ellyn von Huben Sep 27, 2016 2 Comments

Repurposing has become a popular term.  It does have a certain je ne sais quoi that “reusing for a different purpose” or “wearing a hand me down” does not.  I am c...

The Amazing Twins Who Both Became Saints

by Fr. Damian Ference Sep 26, 2016 1 Comments

I was born in 1976, the same year the film “The Omen” was released. My parents decided to name me Damian, not knowing that Damien was the name of the boy-demon in the popular movie. It ...

The Fascinating and Frightening Padre Pio

by Fr. Steve Grunow Sep 23, 2016 4 Comments

There is a text that has become standard for the study of religious experience and phenomena by Rudolph Otto entitled The Idea of the Holy. In this book, Otto uses the phrase tremendum et fas...

Lord of the Dance

by Dr. Tom Neal Sep 22, 2016 2 Comments

“Young love needs to keep dancing towards the future with immense hope.” — Pope Francis,  Amoris Laetitia, 219 I love to dance, but I am so bad at it that I rarely get ...

St. Matthew, The Mystery and Power of Vocation

by Fr. Steve Grunow Sep 21, 2016 1 Comments

Today the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Matthew, apostle and evangelist. The call of Matthew, illuminated for us in this morning’s Gospel, is one of the great and memorable scenes in ...

Adventures in Atheism: Reviewing Mary Eberstadt's “The Loser Letters”

by Rozann Lee Sep 20, 2016 0 Comments

C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters is a literary masterpiece that recounts the fictitious correspondence between an upper-level, soul snatching demon, Screwtape, and his apprentice nephew, Wormwoo...

“Catholicism: The Pivotal Players” on Public Television!

by Bishop Robert Barron Sep 20, 2016 2 Comments

Two episodes of Volume 1 of Catholicism: Pivotal Players will be available on public television stations nationwide beginning November 19, 2016 (check local listings) Bishop ...

Misfits and Heathens

by Dr. Tom Neal Sep 19, 2016 1 Comments

The Christian message is transmitted by embracing those in difficulty, by embracing the outcast, the marginalized and the sinner.– Pope Francis As I said, every now and then I will throw...

Where Is God? The Problem Of Divine Hiddenness

by Matt Nelson Sep 16, 2016 0 Comments

If God exists, where is he? Moreover if God is all-loving and all-powerful why hasn’t he shown himself to the world? He’s all loving: why would he leave any room for doubt? H...

Why Our Lady of Sorrows?

by Fr. Steve Grunow Sep 15, 2016 2 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 ...

Why Do We Exalt the Cross?

by Fr. Steve Grunow Sep 14, 2016 5 Comments

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. In one respect this great day commemorates the discovery of the relics of Christ's crucifixion by the Roman Empress, Helena, i...

The Bold Witness of the Golden-Mouthed Saint

by Fr. Steve Grunow Sep 13, 2016 0 Comments

Today the Church celebrates the memory and work of St. John Chrysostom, bishop and doctor of the Church. St. John Chrysostom was made, despite his protests, leader of the greatest and most powerfu...

Eyes that Don’t See: To Know Much But Understand Little

by Chris Hazell Sep 12, 2016 2 Comments

Jesus was especially critical of the Pharisees and scholars of the law--those who should have known the most about God’s truth and will, yet slipped into their own intellectual egoism and bli...

What Roller Coaster Renovation Can Tell Us About Church Reform

by David Stavarz Sep 09, 2016 0 Comments

Lately, there has been a good bit of hype amongst roller coaster enthusiasts about the supposed removal of the wooden roller coaster, the Mean Streak, at Cedar Point Amusement Park. Cedar Point, lo...