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Liturgizing into Faithful Love

by Dr. Tom Neal Jan 20, 2017 1 Comments

Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth. — 1 John 3:18 My grandfather once wrote me a letter when I was in college that had in it what I considered at the time ...

5 Social Media Lessons from Fulton Sheen

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Jan 19, 2017 1 Comments

“Jesus loves you.” #JN3:16 #Easter #risn “Pray. Hope. Don’t worry.” #faith #believe “Preach the Gospel at all times” #Francis #peace #prayalways Twitter...

Flannery O’Connor and the Violence of Christianity

by Daniel Stewart Jan 18, 2017 4 Comments

Recently, I read a terrible article warning readers against Flannery O’Connor. Specifically, the author was apprehensive about the prevalence of violence in her work. Like many others who dis...

Bishop Barron's 2017 Red Mass Homily

by Bishop Robert Barron Jan 17, 2017 0 Comments

I am delighted indeed to be with today for this Red Mass, celebrating the work of lawyers, judges, politicians, and paralegals.  I would like my first word to you today to be one of praise and...

More Important than Food: St. Anthony's Advice on Prayer

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Jan 17, 2017 2 Comments

Words have a certain staying power. Most of them are in one ear and out the other, but every once in a while words seriously hit home and have a lasting impact. Today the Church celebrates St. Anth...

Bishop Barron on Martin Luther King, Jr. and Provocative Nonviolence

by Word on Fire Jan 16, 2017 2 Comments

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we're sharing two videos from Bishop Barron. The first is his video on why Dr. King still matters to all cultures and ages. The second is a clip from the CATHOLI...

3 Simple Ways to Debunk Relativism, Skepticism, and Materialism

by Joe Heschmeyer Jan 13, 2017 10 Comments

Gorgias the Nihilist, an ancient Greek philosopher, was said to have argued the following four points: Nothing exists; Even if something exists, nothing can be known about it; and Even if some...

The Catholic Tool that All Teachers Need

by Word on Fire Jan 12, 2017 0 Comments

Did you know that Bishop Barron's CATHOLICISM series has been adapted for the classroom? It's called CATHOLICISM: School Enrichment, and whether you're a teacher, catechist, or parent, th...

The Stomach Bug and The Incarnation

by Fr. Damian Ference Jan 11, 2017 1 Comments

Two days before Christmas I was on my knees at four o’clock in the morning, crying out to our Lord. I wasn’t in the chapel. I was in the bathroom. The hurls were rather violent and I fe...

Eddie Strongman and the Desire to Know God

by Jared Zimmerer Jan 10, 2017 0 Comments

Strength exhibitions have been a longstanding culture around the world since ancient times. Most often the source of this movement has been attributed to the famous Milo of Croton, who famously car...

The Mystery of Christ's Baptism

by Fr. Steve Grunow Jan 09, 2017 2 Comments

Today the Church celebrates the solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord, and it is with this awe-filled liturgy that the three great revelations or "theophanies" of the Christmas season are brought to...

St. André Bessette, A Truly Simple Saint

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Jan 06, 2017 0 Comments

Does God only give grace to smart people? Is holiness directly proportional to intelligence or ability? Obviously the answer is no, but it sure seems like the great saints are all also holy geniuse...

Why Does the World Exist?

by Matthew Becklo Jan 05, 2017 4 Comments

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.— Oscar Wilde Recently, I was driving with two of my brothers from New England to New York, and we all got to talking abou...

Brother, Come Pet Jolene

by Joseph Gloor Jan 04, 2017 2 Comments

My dog is mercilessly cute. I realize all owners say that about their dog but as a Catholic I believe in objective beauty, and Jolene is surely the Aristotelian model of perfected dogness. Everywhe...