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The Gospel of Work

by Dr. Tom Neal Feb 24, 2017 0 Comments

I was recently asked to give some reflections on the “spirituality of work,” and one of the most profound insights I discovered during my research came from Saint John Paul II’s e...

The Saint Who Refused to Bow Down to Caesar

by Fr. Steve Grunow Feb 23, 2017 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...

Why in the World Do Catholics Celebrate a Chair?

by Fr. Steve Grunow Feb 22, 2017 4 Comments

Today the Church celebrates a curiously named feast called “the Chair of Saint Peter.”  The “chair” references an actual piece of furniture that is encased in a monume...

“Babette's Feast” and the Mission Fields

by Fr. Michael Cummins Feb 21, 2017 1 Comments

The Diocese of Knoxville, in which I serve, has a Catholic population of around 3% of the general population. The Catholic Church in East Tennessee is considered one of the smallest dioceses i...

Scarlett Johansson and The Great Adventure of Monogamy

by Jared Zimmerer Feb 20, 2017 1 Comments

Often today we hear cited the many broken relationships between couples who, after much consideration and heartbreak, decide that the continuance of a relationship is not worth the struggle. My hea...

Bishop Barron on Making Christ the Center of Your Life

by Bishop Robert Barron Feb 17, 2017 8 Comments

The massive rose windows of the medieval Gothic cathedrals were not only marvels of engineering and artistry; they were also symbols of the well-ordered soul. The pilgrim coming to the cathedral fo...

A Cinematic Tour of the Problem of Evil

by Matthew Becklo Feb 16, 2017 1 Comments

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.Is he both able and willing? Then where does evil come from?Is he neither ...

G.K. Chesterton and “This is Us”

by Jared Zimmerer Feb 15, 2017 2 Comments

My wife and I recently began watching the T.V. hit, This is Us. A profoundly textured display of relationships, family life, and the interwoven reality of life. The show begins with the realization...

Saints Cyril and Methodius: Models of Inculturation and Evangelization

by Fr. Damian Ference Feb 14, 2017 1 Comments

A year ago today, I got myself in a bit of trouble. I stopped in the mailroom at the seminary and a couple of the good women on staff were dressed in red, talking about Valentine’s Day &ndash...

Sign Up for Bishop Barron's Daily Lent Reflections!

by Word on Fire Feb 13, 2017 1 Comments

Exciting news! Once again, Bishop Barron will be offering daily email reflections throughout the season of Lent at SIGN UP FOR BISHOP BARRON'S LENT REFLECTIONS Each day&...

St. Scholastica's New Way of Seeing

by Fr. Steve Grunow Feb 10, 2017 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...

God is Right Here: A Conversation with Levi Robin

by Matthew Becklo Feb 09, 2017 3 Comments

  On his website, singer-songwriter Levi Robin introduces himself as “a heart, a soul, a voice, a guitar, and a journey. But mainly a journey.” The word is a fitting one....

St. Josephine Bakhita and the Door to Holiness

by Rozann Lee Feb 08, 2017 12 Comments

Today, the Church honors 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 to I...

Station to Station: An Interview with Gary Jansen

by Brandon Vogt Feb 07, 2017 0 Comments

Some people dismiss the Stations of the Cross as a devotional relic of a bygone generation. But not Gary Jansen. In his beautiful new book, Station to Station: An Ignatian Journey through the ...