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Mayweather, McGregor, and the Martial Way

by Jared Zimmerer Aug 18, 2017 0 Comments

Unless you’ve been off the grid for the past six months, you are likely aware of the upcoming match between UFC Champion, Conor “The Notorious” McGregor and Undefeated Boxing Cham...

Foster the People’s ‘Sacred Hearts Club’: A Summery Cocktail with a Twist of Faith

by Matthew Becklo Aug 17, 2017 1 Comments

When indie pop band Foster the People marched onto the music scene with their 2010 hit “Pumped Up Kicks” – a toe-tapping single that belied its dark lyrics about an isolated youth...

What Men Fear Most

by Fr. Damian Ference Aug 16, 2017 2 Comments

Last week I took the last empty seat at a lunch table where five of our seminarians were engaged in a fiery discussion about priestly vocations. One of them was trying to figure out why his pastor...

Mary's Assumption and Human Dignity

by Fr. Billy Swan Aug 15, 2017 0 Comments

Of all the religions of the world, none insists on the dignity of the human person more than Christianity. With our Jewish brothers and sisters, we hold that we bear the imago Dei, the image of our...

How St. Maximillian Kolbe Led People into Relationship with God

by Ricky Jones Aug 14, 2017 4 Comments

Accepting fully the shared mission as a member of the Body of Christ—that you are called just like the original eleven apostles to "make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28:18)—y...

St. Clare and the Priority of Christ

by Fr. Steve Grunow Aug 11, 2017 0 Comments

Saint Clare, whose feast the Church celebrates today, was born into a wealthy family in the year 1193. When she was eighteen years old, a charismatic wonderworker by the name of Francis came t...

Faith Goes Public

by Dr. Tom Neal Aug 10, 2017 0 Comments

I had a dogmatics professor back in 1993 who said in one of his lectures on St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae, “Theology is at heart dialogical, a divine-human exchange of ideas...

The Courage of St. Edith Stein

by Bishop Robert Barron Aug 09, 2017 0 Comments

St. Edith Stein had been raised Jewish, but fell into atheism as a young woman. After studying under Edmund Husserl, the father of phenomenology, and obtaining her doctorate from the University...

What Having a Ton of Kids Has Taught Me

by Jared Zimmerer Aug 08, 2017 1 Comments

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted a ton of kids. My mother to this day laughs about how, even in my “too cool” teen years, babies would always melt my heart. I had no pro...

For Me, Becoming Christian Meant Becoming Catholic

by Fredric Heidemann Aug 07, 2017 3 Comments

When my conversion from atheism comes up in conversation, the first question is not usually what made me believe in God or even Christianity in general. Instead, it’s nearly always why I chos...

The Secret to St. John Vianney's Missionary Priesthood

by Fr. Steve Grunow Aug 04, 2017 6 Comments

Today the Church remembers the witness of St. John Vianney, the “Cure of Ars”, who is the patron saint of parish priests. John Vianney was born in 1786, just two years before revolutio...

Does Conscience Point Towards the Existence of God?

by Matt Nelson Aug 03, 2017 1 Comments

Throughout the wide world of creation God has left all sorts of signs that point right back at him. Often these clues tell us more than that a divine being exists; they often tell us what kind...

When Your Kids are Driving You Crazy, God is Speaking

by Ricky Jones Aug 02, 2017 2 Comments

Parenthood is no easy task. Family life is full of it's challenges. It was designed that way. It is center of formation for us to learn how to love, to forgive, to live selfless lives. There are th...

St. Alphonsus’ Memento Mori

by Jared Zimmerer Aug 01, 2017 0 Comments

One of my all-time favorite spiritual writings is by today's saint, Alphonsus Ligouri. The book in English is entitled "Preparation for Death". While this certainly might sound a bit dark, I have c...