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In Defense of Breakdancing Priests

by Fr. Damian Ference Jul 26, 2017 2 Comments

Recently a video of two priests breakdancing at a Steubenville youth conference went viral. The young priests were dressed in their clerics, their moves were pretty fly, and the thousands of teens ...

The Hole in Reason's Ceiling

by Fr. Billy Swan Jul 25, 2017 3 Comments

‘The hole in reason’s ceiling’ is a delightful phrase that comes from a poem entitled ‘To Hell with Common Sense’ by the Irish spiritual writer Patrick Kavanagh. It ca...

Agnostic “None” to Campus Minister: The “CATHOLICISM” Series’ Impact on Nick Chancey

by Word on Fire Jul 24, 2017 1 Comments

In the work of evangelization, we rarely know where the seeds we've sown might take fruit. Today, we're thrilled to to share with you one such story. Nick Chancey, a native of Ripley, WV, had a com...

Franciscan Friar on Fire: Fr. Tansi’s Debut Album is Full of Grace

by Matthew Becklo Jul 21, 2017 0 Comments

In a New York Times photo of Tansi Ibisi, his eyes say it all. The Franciscan novice was looking out the window of St. Crispin Friary chapel in the South Bronx, wearing a gray knit skull...

Limping Along the Way of Truth

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Jul 20, 2017 0 Comments

We tend to race through life.  Our society is fast-paced, speeding from idea to idea, fad to fad.  Even in our Christian lives, we often like to hurry.  We love St. Paul’s imag...

Why We So Desperately Need Community

by Chris Hazell Jul 19, 2017 7 Comments

I frequent a certain coffee shop during the week. Just about every time I’m there, I see two older men sitting in adjacent faded red chairs. They both usually have headphones on and are engro...

The Prophetic Nature of the Male Celibate Priesthood

by Fr. Damian Ference Jul 18, 2017 10 Comments

I am well aware that many Catholics disagree with the Church’s understanding of the priesthood. Many object to the requirement of celibacy, pointing back to a time in the early church wh...

“Game of Thrones” and Its Caricature of Faith

by Daniel Stewart Jul 17, 2017 7 Comments

When people ask why I read George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, I first mention the complexity and subtlety of both his imagined world and his ever growing cast of character...

Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times” is Surprisingly Good...and Spiritually Deep

by Matthew Becklo Jul 14, 2017 1 Comments

For graduates of boy or girl band stardom, starting a new, more serious musical chapter calls for some kind of grand gesture, a clear signal to fans, critics – even themselves – that th...

What Makes Humans So Special?

by Matt Nelson Jul 13, 2017 0 Comments

Fire up your imagination for a moment and imagine you are standing on a busy street corner with a handful of rosaries. Most people pass by hurriedly, but a stranger walks by and makes eye contact l...

Three Ways Parenthood Will Make You a Saint

by Ricky Jones Jul 12, 2017 3 Comments

I realized at Mass this past Sunday as I held my son in my arms, my back straining from the extra weight, that it was much more difficult for me to kneel down during the consecration, in fact it fe...

“Listen carefully…and incline the ear of your heart” — Rule of St. Benedict

by Dr. Tom Neal Jul 11, 2017 2 Comments

Someone I know took on as a penance this past Lent a wonderful practice (that, as ever, I got permission to mention here): going out of his way every day to speak to someone that he finds difficult...

Light Upon the Scaffold: The Prison Letters of Jacques Fesch

by Heather King Jul 10, 2017 2 Comments

Servant of God Jacques Fesch (1930-1957), a murderer who spent three years and eight months in solitary confinement, experienced a profound conversion before his execution by guillotine in a French...

Knowing and Loving Him, Through Her

by Fr. Billy Swan Jul 07, 2017 1 Comments

In the parish where I minister as a priest here in Ireland, we recently celebrated the First Holy Communion of over one hundred children. It was a wonderful and joyful occasion when the children re...