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The Message of the First World Day of the Poor

by Fr. Billy Swan Nov 17, 2017 3 Comments

A few years ago, I travelled to Zambia in Africa to spend some time with a missionary order. It was the experience of a lifetime, stepping out into the unknown and into another world very different...

Is C.S Lewis’ Trilemma a Good Argument for the Divinity of Christ?

by Matt Nelson Nov 16, 2017 0 Comments

Is Jesus God? Man faces no greater question. Today we live in an age and society where atheism appears to be on the rise. What is worse, modern day unbelief is often accompanied by ...

St. Albert the Professor

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Nov 15, 2017 0 Comments

Though Albert taught him philosophy and theology in Paris and Cologne for the first seven years of his Dominican life, we recognize Thomas as more perceptive, more comprehensive, and more influenti...

God's Humble Love

by Fr. Billy Swan Nov 14, 2017 1 Comments

Every time I preach God’s Word as a priest, my hope is that it both affirms faith and moves those who are sceptical towards that gift. But as I do so, I often ask myself the question: what wa...

The Dual Citizenship of St. Frances

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Nov 13, 2017 1 Comments

Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God? (Lk 17:18) Around the world, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini is fondly remembered as a devoted servant to her countrymen. She founded her con...

Attila the Hun, Leo the Great, and the Battle of Wills

by Jared Zimmerer Nov 10, 2017 1 Comments

I recently picked up a copy of Colin Evans’ Great Feuds In History: Ten Struggles That Shaped The World, an enticing joyride through some of the most interesting moments in the last 500 years...

Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica

by Fr. Steve Grunow Nov 09, 2017 0 Comments

Today the Church remembers the dedication of the great basilica church of St. John Lateran in Rome. The Lateran Basilica is the cathedral church of the Holy Father as he is bishop of Rome. Th...

You Shall Know the Truth

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Nov 08, 2017 1 Comments

In the first decade of the twentieth century, the French Dominican Humbert Clerissac delivered a series of conferences to friars of the English Province. In a conference on truth, Cleriss...

Cutting to the Spiritual Core

by Dr. Tom Neal Nov 07, 2017 3 Comments

A few years ago, I had the amazing privilege of interviewing Nigerian Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (whew), ...

In Defense of Exaggerated Marian Devotion

by Joe Heschmeyer Nov 06, 2017 6 Comments

Protestants aren’t the only ones who find Catholic devotion to Mary a bit over-the-top sometimes. A lot of Catholics find other Catholics, including great Saints like Alphonsus Liguori and Lo...

Dominoes: An Interview with Fr. Rob Galea

by Jared Zimmerer Nov 03, 2017 1 Comments

Fr. Rob Galea is an ordained priest of the diocese of Sanhurst Diocese in Victoria, Australia. He is also an internationally known musician and artist who has had opportunities to compete on X-Fact...

The Living Dead: Monks, Nuns, and Zombies

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Nov 02, 2017 2 Comments

This story begins at the beginning. God created man male and female in his own image. Things were good back in those days. People got along, food was tasty, pleasure was easy and strong. But soon, ...

You Were Chosen to Be a Saint

by Fr. Steve Grunow Nov 01, 2017 3 Comments

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints. The Saints are the great heroes of our Faith. The Church describes a Saint as a person of “heroic virtue.” This means that while...

5 Ironies About Celebrating “Reformation Day” Today

by Joe Heschmeyer Oct 31, 2017 9 Comments

Today, for most of us, is Halloween. But a lot of Christians are disturbed by the way that Halloween seems to celebrate evil, and many Protestants choose to celebrate Reformation Day instead. While...