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When God Drops the Mic on You

by Elizabeth Scalia Mar 22, 2018 0 Comments

“Give her something difficult.” That's an elderly nun’s advice to an inexperienced Benedictine abbess after a prideful and conniving younger nun has contributed to hardships bein...

In Defense of Bitter Lamentations

by Matthew Becklo Mar 21, 2018 0 Comments

Most of the sacred music in my childhood church— Our Lady of Czestochowa, a small Polish church in Massachusetts—was joyful. The words were frequently in Latin or Polish, but the melodi...

Where Are We Going?

by Chris Hazell Mar 20, 2018 0 Comments

Aristotle believed that the goal of all human activity was to satisfy our desire for happiness. In other words, no matter what we do, happiness is always the final end. While it’s perhaps obv...

Five Ways St. Joseph Can Help Your Lent

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Mar 19, 2018 0 Comments

How can St. Joseph help you this Lent? I propose five ways.  1. Simplicity In John 6, when Jesus boldly declares, “I am the bread of life,” his hearers murmur among themselves an...

St. Patrick and Why Mission Matters

by Fr. Billy Swan Mar 16, 2018 0 Comments

Tomorrow, March 17th, is the feast day of St. Patrick, a saint who is celebrated widely not just in Ireland but all over the world. It is a day of celebration that is marked by parades, bands, musi...

Nuns and Nones: How Do We Mission to the Future?

by Elizabeth Scalia Mar 15, 2018 0 Comments

In celebrating the recent memorial of St. Frances of Rome, we noted that this fourteenth century introvert "practically invented social work." That might be judged an exaggeration, but only a...

How Lent Reminds Us We Can Never Repay God

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Mar 14, 2018 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...

Life Everlasting: An Interview with Gary Jansen

by Jared Zimmerer Mar 13, 2018 0 Comments

Gary Jansen is the Director of Image Catholic Books and the author of a new book, Life Everlasting: Catholic Devotions and Mysteries for the Everyday Seeker. He is also the author of The 15-Minute ...

The Lost Art of Intentionality

by Tod Worner Mar 12, 2018 0 Comments

“All the unhappiness of men arises from one single fact, that they cannot stay quietly in their own chamber.” - Blaise Pascal, Pensees (No. 139) “The tragedy of modern man is not...

The Cross and Crown of St. Frances of Rome

by Elizabeth Scalia Mar 09, 2018 0 Comments

When I first began to study Scripture as a young adult, a wise and elderly nun advised me to begin with Revelation, a book which, she told me, had gotten her through a difficult year as a young nov...

Why You Should Crave Holy Fear

by Dr. Tom Neal Mar 08, 2018 2 Comments

The desert father Abba Poemen once said, “These three things are the most helpful of all: fear of the Lord; prayer; and doing good to one’s neighbor.” Fear of the Lord is a large...

Perpetua, Felicity, and the Theo-Drama

by Fr. Steve Grunow Mar 07, 2018 1 Comments

Today, the Church commemorates the martyrs Perpetua and Felicity, along with their companions. These Christians were killed in the Roman Provinces of North Africa in the early third century AD...

Tool’s “Right in Two”: A Reflection on Original Sin

by David Stavarz Mar 06, 2018 0 Comments

Over the past year, hype surrounding Tool’s next album has grown significantly. It has been over ten years since the band put out any new material and many people are putting their ear close ...

The Gospel Call to Christian Unity

by Joe Heschmeyer Mar 05, 2018 0 Comments

I’m currently on a pilgrimage in the Holy Land, a journey which I’ve been sharing on my Facebook page, but it seemed fitting to mark today as the last day of the Week of Praye...