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Seeking Enrollment: Proto-Evangelism of the Nones

by Luke Burgis Jul 18, 2018 0 Comments

“I don’t know what’s right and what’s real anymore I don’t know how I’m meant to feel anymore When do you think it will all become clear? Because I’m...

Psychedelics, Antinatalism, and Dostoevsky

by Fr. Dan Steele Jul 17, 2018 0 Comments

As a recently ordained priest serving in the Great Northwest, I have found that one thing for which seminary did not prepare me was the cultural fallout from the legalization of marijuana. The grow...

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

by Fr. Steve Grunow Jul 16, 2018 0 Comments

In the imagination of many Catholics, the title of the Mother of God as “Our Lady of Mt. Carmel” evokes the devotion of the brown scapular with its assurances of the grace of final pers...

Giving Up Spirituality for a Life of Religious Abundance

by Matt Nelson Jul 13, 2018 0 Comments

From a young age Tyler Blanski showed something of a precocious propensity to concern himself with questions regarding the true, good, and beautiful. Beauty, in particular, seemed to have a dist...

Social Media and Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

by Elizabeth Scalia Jul 12, 2018 0 Comments

If you’re like me, you’ve had just about enough of the weird fog and fug that has become social media—those personal-information-devouring echo chambers of sound and fury signifyi...

How St. Benedict Reshaped the Culture

by Fr. Steve Grunow Jul 11, 2018 1 Comments

In the year 480 AD, the last of the rulers of what remained of the western Roman Empire, a man by the name of Julius Nepos, died, leaving one Roman Emperor in the far off eastern city of Constantin...

Does Prayer Change Things?

by Joe Heschmeyer Jul 10, 2018 0 Comments

Does prayer change anything? And if so, is that a good thing? There are three major objections to consider: First, that due to predestination, everything is set in place, and our prayers can&rsq...

“Getting” to Heaven?

by Dr. Tom Neal Jul 09, 2018 0 Comments

The visible universe, then, is itself destined to be transformed, so that the world itself, restored to its original state, facing no further obstacles, should be at the service of the just, shar...

The Altar of Chastity

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Jul 06, 2018 0 Comments

Ancient worship must have been something like a combination of slaughterhouse and barbecue. Animals to be sacrificed were brought in, ritually killed, and roasted on altars. Often, parts of these a...

What is best in life? Jesus and the Mayo Clinic Know!

by Elizabeth Scalia Jul 05, 2018 0 Comments

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who walk into a room and say “Here I am!” and those who say, “There you are!” — Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby) What i...

Pier Giorgio Frassati as a Model of Freedom

by Jared Zimmerer Jul 04, 2018 1 Comments

July 4th is for many a day of fireworks, cold beer, and barbeque. As a national holiday, we remember the founding of our nation in a revolution against tyranny. Most often we impose a surface level...

Dangerous Business: Bilbo and the Adventure of Family

by Daniel Stewart Jul 03, 2018 1 Comments

“To the end of his days Bilbo could never remember how he found himself outside, without a hat, a walking stick or any money, or anything that he usually took when he went out; leaving his ...

The Hydra in the Classroom

by Robert Mixa Jul 02, 2018 0 Comments

Scientism, secularism, and voluntarism are the three heads of our culture’s Hydra. It keeps surfacing its heads in my classroom, despite my Herculean attempts to cut it down. I do not want to...

The Close Proximity of Cross and Resurrection

by Fr. Billy Swan Jun 29, 2018 0 Comments

A few years ago, I travelled as a pilgrim to the holy land to explore the places intimately associated with the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. First stop was Jerusalem where we visited the...