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Bishop Barron on the Annunciation

by Bishop Robert Barron Mar 24, 2017 0 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...

If You Can't See God's Will in the Present, You'll Never Find It in the Future

by Dr. Tom Neal Mar 10, 2017 3 Comments

Nothing will shake a man—or at any rate a man like me—out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only...

St. Frances' Secret to Finding God Through Your Family

by Brandon Vogt Mar 09, 2017 1 Comments

The Church faced serious problems when Frances Bussa was born in 1384. The papacy had fallen under the influence of the French Crown and had developed a reputation for corruption. Worse, in 1378 a ...

The Spiritual Pitfalls of Wandering Thoughts and Streaming Music

by Chris Hazell Mar 08, 2017 2 Comments

I have to admit, when it comes to doing menial and repetitive tasks I tend to look for distractions to temper the burden. For instance, when I work out at the gym or clean my bathroom, I insist on ...

Perpetua, Felicity, and the Theo-Drama

by Fr. Steve Grunow Mar 07, 2017 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 3rd century AD. ...