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[VIDEO] Why Lent? Bishop Barron Explains

by Bishop Robert Barron Mar 01, 2017 1 Comments

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent. For so many of us, it means ashes today, sacrifice for weeks, and then a big celebration at the end of it all. But why? Wh...

How to Get Ready for Lent

by Fr. Steve Grunow Feb 28, 2017 5 Comments

“In these days, therefore, let us add something beyond ordinary expectations of our service. Let each one, over and above the measure prescribed, offer God something of his own freewill in th...

Being an Athlete of Christ

by Jared Zimmerer Feb 27, 2017 6 Comments

In 1762, Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote a discourse entitled, Emile, or On Education. The treatise was meant to deeply explain the natures of both education and man’s ability to l...

The Gospel of Work

by Dr. Tom Neal Feb 24, 2017 1 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...