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The Vocation of Flannery O'Connor

by Fr. Damian Ference Mar 30, 2017 1 Comments

One of the greatest disciples of the twentieth century was neither a priest, nor a religious, nor a married person. She was a celibate, single woman who spent the last 13 years of her life bat...

Advertising Asceticism

by Dr. Tom Neal Mar 29, 2017 0 Comments

Asceticism has its etymological roots in the Greek word askesis, which, in its pre-Christian form, referred to a variety of disciplines that served to cultivate intellectual, moral, spiritual ...

Reza Aslan's 'Believer' and the Divide of Faith and Reason

by Matthew Becklo Mar 28, 2017 1 Comments

Billed as an adventure for the “spiritually curious,” Reza Aslan’s new CNN miniseries “Believer” instead opens with a bumpy hour of sensationalism that crash lands int...

The Case for Jesus: Interview with Dr. Brant Pitre

by Brandon Vogt Mar 27, 2017 2 Comments

In his classic book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis posed his famous trilemma: based on what we read in Scripture, Jesus Christ was either a liar, lunatic, or Lord. Anyone who said the things h...

Bishop Barron on the Annunciation

by Bishop Robert Barron Mar 24, 2017 2 Comments

The Church Fathers were fond of exploring the relationship between Eve, mother of all the living, and the new Eve, Mary the Mother of God. Where Eve grasped and lost, Mary surrendered and received;...

Where the Rosary Appears in “The Lord of the Rings”

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Mar 23, 2017 0 Comments

In The Lord of the Rings, the Lady Galadriel gives Frodo a gift upon his departure from Lothlórien: a phial, somehow filled with the light of Eärendil, the star that serves as a so...

Proofs of God: An Interview with Dr. Matthew Levering

by Brandon Vogt Mar 22, 2017 0 Comments

In his new book, Proofs of God: Classical Arguments from Tertullian to Barth (Baker Academic, 2016), leading theologian Dr. Matthew Levering presents a thoroughgoing critical survey of th...

Are We Living in the Matrix?

by Joe Heschmeyer Mar 21, 2017 1 Comments

On Monday, the New Yorker suggested that “the bizarre finale to Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony brought to mind the theory—far from a joke—that humani...

The Loud Silence of St. Joseph

by Fr. Steve Grunow Mar 20, 2017 10 Comments

"We can have recourse to many saints as our intercessors, but go especially to Joseph..." - St. Teresa of Avila Today the Church celebrates the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the husband of the B...

St. Patrick and the Lesson of Lough Derg

by Bishop Robert Barron Mar 17, 2017 5 Comments

A few years ago, our CATHOLICISM series film crew arrived at the shores of large lake in far northwest Ireland, in the county of Donegal. We stepped onto a ferry and were taken to an isla...

How Lent Reminds Us We Can Never Repay God

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Mar 16, 2017 0 Comments

In one of the most shocking passages of the Gospels, Matthew 5:20-26, Jesus describes the righteousness one needs in order to reach the kingdom of heaven, noting that it must surpass that of the sc...

“Vikings” and Tolkien’s Mythological Worldview

by Jared Zimmerer Mar 15, 2017 0 Comments

Quite possibly one of the biggest surprises in recent television is the popularity and success of History Channel’s Vikings. Many attribute the success to its cinematography, acting, and deta...

Spiritual, But Not Religious?

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Mar 14, 2017 5 Comments

During my friend’s Master’s defense, she stood before her committee, nervously pinching her necklace between her thumb and forefinger. I remember her words clearly: “I consider my...

Letting Christ Love me, Unpleasantly

by Dr. Tom Neal Mar 13, 2017 0 Comments

Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.” — John 13:8 I heard a homily the othe...