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Praying in Crisis: The Sorrowful Mysteries of This Moment

by Elizabeth Scalia Aug 16, 2018 0 Comments

With the publication of a partially redacted Grand Jury report detailing the often stomach-turning actions of over 300 priests in Pennsylvania, and the equally repugnant actions of too many bishops...

Bishop Barron's Resources on the Sexual Abuse Crisis

by Word on Fire Aug 16, 2018 0 Comments

Many people have written to us, asking for resources and commentary from Bishop Barron on the recent sexual abuse scandals involving Archbishop McCarrick and the Pennsylvania grand jury report. Ea...

Mary, the Echo of God

by Dr. Tom Neal Aug 15, 2018 0 Comments

On this supremely joyful feast of resurrection and new life, our Summer Easter, the Assumption of the All-Pure Mother of God body and soul into the glory of her risen Son, we rejoice with superabun...

How St. Maximillian Kolbe Led People into Relationship with God

by Ricky Jones Aug 14, 2018 1 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)&mdash...

Love and “The Greatest Showman”

by Rachel Bulman Aug 13, 2018 0 Comments

The Greatest Showman is a great movie. The cinematography, the choreography, and the music weave a beautiful tale...of communion and ultimately love. (Spoilers ahead.) PT Barnum starts out life be...

St. Lawrence and the Treasures of the Church

by Fr. Steve Grunow Aug 10, 2018 0 Comments

Today the Church celebrates the witness of Saint Lawrence, who was brutally tortured and killed because he would not renounce his Christian faith when commanded to do so during the reign of the ...

The Church and Clergy in Crisis: 7 Practical First Steps We Must Take

by Elizabeth Scalia Aug 09, 2018 0 Comments

Today’s Gospel reading brings us to a pivotal moment for the Church. We might call it a “genesis” moment. Jesus asks the Apostles, “Who do you say that I am?” And Pete...

St. Dominic’s Favorite Book

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Aug 08, 2018 0 Comments

What was St. Dominic’s favorite book? As a scholar and preacher, it would have to be one that reflects the wisdom and goodness of God, one that he could return to again and again without exha...

Building Catholicism, Literally

by Fredric Heidemann Aug 07, 2018 0 Comments

Several months ago, I had the pleasure of attending Mass with my family at St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Savannah, Georgia and taking a tour of Flannery O’Connor’s childhood home, w...

Damascus Catholic Mission Campus: An Encounter with Transformative, Missionary Youth Ministry

by Dcn. David Stavarz Aug 06, 2018 0 Comments

Throughout its two-thousand-year existence, the Church has enjoyed a rich history and tradition. Undeniably, God’s Holy Spirit has moved and inspired the Christian faithful throughout this ti...

How to Offer Up Your Suffering Like St. John Vianney

by Brandon Vogt Aug 03, 2018 1 Comments

Today we remember one of the greatest pastors in the history of the Church, St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests. The Curé d'Ars had one all-consuming desire: to help his par...

How to Restore a Church in Scandal? Begin with a Collective Confession

by Elizabeth Scalia Aug 02, 2018 0 Comments

Making an address to the Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus in June of 1972, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen said something most relevant to our times: Who is going to save our Church? Not...

How to Help Young People Find Faith: An Interview with Bishop Barron

by Bishop Robert Barron Aug 01, 2018 0 Comments

Recently, Pope Francis ratified five members elected by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to represent the United States at the upcoming Synod of Bishops (October 3-28). The Synod will focus ...

Striving for Greatness

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Jul 31, 2018 0 Comments

“You are fine just the way you are.” Those who have attended secular educational institutions in the past few decades have heard this mantra of self-acceptance repeated ad nauseam. We ...