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Mystery and Music

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Feb 26, 2015 0 Comments

Last May saw the first fruits of a little-known but compellingly ambitious project of the Netherlands Bach Society. The project, called All of Bach, is exactly what it sounds like: they are pe...

Atheism and the Problem of Beauty

by Joe Heschmeyer Feb 25, 2015 3 Comments

A lot has been said about the “problem of pain.” Why, if God is both loving and all-powerful, is there still suffering in the world? The question is a challenge for Catholics, as f...

Family, Faith, and the Pope: An Interview with Archbishop Charles Chaput

by Brandon Vogt Feb 24, 2015 0 Comments

The family has always been central for Christians. The Catechism describes it as the "the original cell of social life," Catholics pay great homage to the Holy Family, and recent popes have ta...

St. Polycarp's Enduring Lesson

by Fr. Steve Grunow Feb 23, 2015 0 Comments

The Church remembers the witness of Saint Polycarp today, who was killed because he would not renounce his faith in the Lord Jesus in the year 155 AD. Saint Polycarp was a victim of the brutal per...

My Dear Young Friends: A Reflection on the Fecundity of Mentoring

by Fr. Damian Ference Feb 20, 2015 3 Comments

Both of my parents were in the union. My dad was an elevator mechanic, my mom was a teacher, and they raised my brother and me in Parma, Ohio – a blue-collar, first-ring suburb of Cleveland. ...

Pick Up Your Mat

by Jared Zimmerer Feb 19, 2015 1 Comments

One of my favorite stories in the Gospels occurs in the Gospel of Mark, known as the ‘Healing of the Paralytic.’ We all know the story. Jesus was inside a home and was surrounded by man...

Why Lent? Fr. Barron Explains (Video)

by Word on Fire Feb 18, 2015 1 Comments

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent. For so many of us, it means ashes today, sacrifice for weeks, and then a big celebration at the end of it all. But why? Wh...

My Body Pines For You

by Dr. Tom Neal Feb 17, 2015 1 Comments

I was privileged to hear a lecture recently by a priest who did his graduate work on the life and spirituality of Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Among other things, he focused on the theme of ...

When Faith and Technology Collide: An Interview with Verbum's Alex Renn

by Brandon Vogt Feb 16, 2015 1 Comments

Each of the last three popes - Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, and St. John Paul II - has independently described the modern new media as "gifts from God." This is partly because these tools are t...

Candy Hearts or Martyrdom?: The Real Meaning of Valentine's Day

by Fr. Steve Grunow Feb 13, 2015 1 Comments

Tomorrow the Church celebrates the witness of Saints Cyril and Methodius—no, I did not just make a mistake. While tomorrow's date remains in the popular culture associated with Saint Val...

The Periphery of Illness

by Fr. Michael Cummins Feb 12, 2015 0 Comments

Since the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has continuously called the Church to go to the peripheries. The Pope has also backed these words up with his own actions; just this past week u...

10 Things to Know About Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette

by Ellyn von Huben Feb 11, 2015 2 Comments

Today we celebrate Our Lady's appearance to a young peasant girl, Bernadette, in 1858 in Lourdes, France. Through a set of private revelations, Mary revealed herself as "the Immaculate Conception."...

St. Scholastica's New Way of Seeing

by Fr. Steve Grunow Feb 10, 2015 0 Comments

Thomas Hobbes considered human civilization as an endless war of all against all with the only viable solution being the power of the state to regulate, order and control.  George Frederich He...

St. Josephine Bakhita and the Door to Holiness

by Rozann Lee Feb 09, 2015 3 Comments

Yesterday, the Church honored St. Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947), a Sudanese woman who was sold into brutal and abusive slavery as a young girl in the Darfur region of Africa, eventually transported...

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