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(re)Encounter and the Call to Mission

by Jared Zimmerer Oct 20, 2017 1 Comments

In Sherry Weddell's seminal work, Forming Intentional Disciples she outlines five thresholds of conversion that are profoundly important in the work of evangelization and the mission of Christ...

Blood for the Love of Another: Sts. John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues

by Jared Zimmerer Oct 19, 2017 3 Comments

Most often when an American thinks of the Founding Fathers names such as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, or George Washington are the first to be considered. And indeed, they are the true Foun...

Saint Luke, the Artist

by Fr. Michael Cummins Oct 18, 2017 5 Comments

St. Luke is known as a fellow worker with St. Paul, an evangelist (the author of the gospel that bears his name and the Acts of the Apostles) and a physician. For iconographers, St. Luke is revered...

Lead with Beauty: Dietrich von Hildebrand's “In Defense of Purity”

by Word on Fire Oct 17, 2017 0 Comments

Dietrich von Hildebrand is regarded as one of the greatest theologians and philosophers of the twentieth century. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI once said that, "When the intellectual history of the Ca...

Books That Rocked My World: St. Patrick's “Confessio”

by Fr. Billy Swan Oct 16, 2017 0 Comments

The world of books is as deep as it is wonderous. It's amazing how books written centuries ago can still start a spark in our modern minds. C.S. Lewis once said, "It is a good rule after reading a ...

Our Lady of Fatima and the Subversive Revolution

by Jared Zimmerer Oct 13, 2017 0 Comments

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, Portugal. This earth-shattering event has left a lasting impression on the world. The apparitions in Fatima culminating in thi...

Does Modern Secularism Have a Memory Problem?

by Fredric Heidemann Oct 12, 2017 0 Comments

After many years of awkward silence, the secular media is finally recognizing some of the most profound social problems facing American society. The widely-acknowledged dangers of the increasing nu...

Mystery and Music

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Oct 11, 2017 1 Comments

Last May saw the first fruits of a little-known but compellingly ambitious project of the Netherlands Bach Society. The project, called All of Bach, is exactly what it sounds like: they are pe...

Books That Rocked My World: Kierkegaard’s “Papers and Journals”

by Matthew Becklo Oct 10, 2017 0 Comments

The world of books is as deep as it is wonderous. It's amazing how books written centuries ago can still start a spark in our modern minds. C.S. Lewis once said, "It is a good rule after reading a ...

The Theology of the Dog

by Fr. Damian Ference Oct 09, 2017 2 Comments

As a philosopher and theologian, Saint John Paul II developed an entire system of thought based upon scripture and tradition that considers what the human body reveals to us about God’s plan ...

Our Lady of the Rosary and the Battle of Lepanto

by Fr. Steve Grunow Oct 06, 2017 7 Comments

Tomorrow the Church commemorates the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a celebration that has its origin not, as it would seem, in simply a prayer, but in a battle. On October 7th, 1...

Where Were the Guardian Angels in Las Vegas?

by Rozann Lee Oct 05, 2017 6 Comments

Hearing the news about the Las Vegas massacre on the morning of the Feast of the Guardian Angels was both horrifying and ironic. Early Monday morning, my husband and I helplessly took our kids to ...

The Heart of St. Francis

by Fr. Damian Ference Oct 04, 2017 3 Comments

I am a diocesan priest, but I like to tell people that I am part-Capuchin. That’s because in addition to the diocesan priests that staff our college seminary, we also have three Capuchin fria...

Get Bishop Barron's bestselling “Catholicism” book for just $1.99!

by Word on Fire Oct 03, 2017 0 Comments

Exciting news! Today, for a limited time, you can purchase the Kindle eBook edition of Bishop Barron's bestselling book, Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith, for just $1.99! (That's 8...