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St. Philip Neri and the Wisdom of Holy Fools

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph May 26, 2017 0 Comments

The doorbell rang.Most of the guests had already arrived. Rome’s elite filled a bustling main hall. Very powerful cardinals struggled to hear the very rich men to whom they spoke. The din die...

Men of Principles

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph May 24, 2017 1 Comments

One does not usually find oneself giving voice to a deep yearning for Bertrand Russell’s atheism. And yet, stuck in traffic and riding shotgun, I recently found myself doing just that. It&rsq...

The Hope of Walker Percy

by Fr. Damian Ference May 23, 2017 1 Comments

If anyone should have killed himself, it should have been Walker Percy. After all, suicide ran in his family and it went back generations. One Percy overdosed on morphine—another jumped ...

A Priest, a Guitar, and Transcendent Culture: An Interview with Fr. Connor Danstrom

by Jared Zimmerer May 22, 2017 0 Comments

Many know Fr. Connor for his excellent podcast Three Dogs North. However, a recent series of YouTube Videos Fr. Connor Danstrom displays his musical talent as part of a collaboration with the ...

Daft Punk Sabbath

by Dr. Tom Neal May 19, 2017 1 Comments

Jews gave the world a day of rest. No ancient society before the Jews had a day of rest. Those who live without such a septimanal punctuation are emptier and less resourceful. Those people who wo...

In Response to God’s Silence

by Chris Hazell May 18, 2017 4 Comments

Silence. It can be a reservoir of flowing peace and nourishing grace. It can call to mind our cherished identity, compelling us to respond to God and others with that same, first love he has shown ...

Geeks, Meeks, Greeks, and Freaks: The Four Types of Seminarians

by Fr. Damian Ference May 17, 2017 1 Comments

Making distinctions is at the heart of philosophy: something is this and not that.  We human beings like making distinctions, and we are, for the most part, very good at it.  We classify ...

St. Paul's Suffering for the Sake of Mission

by Fr. Steve Grunow May 16, 2017 0 Comments

Today’s excerpt from the Acts of the Apostles indicates that St. Paul’s missionary adventures were hardly a walk in the park. Saint Paul suffered terribly for the sake of Christ and the...

3 Things Bruce Lee Taught Me About Evangelization

by Jared Zimmerer May 15, 2017 2 Comments

Bruce Lee is known for many things. Most people know him as a movie star, still others see him as the founder of modern mixed martial arts. However, there is another side to Bruce Lee. The man was ...

Our Lady of Fatima and Coincidences

by Ellyn von Huben May 12, 2017 11 Comments

Much like Flannery O’Connor, I have a distrust for stories of pious children. But in my quirky and occasionally pious childhood, I did have a great liking for two cinematic stories of our Ble...

Vinyl Records and Going To Mass

by David Stavarz May 11, 2017 7 Comments

Within the past year I have really gotten into buying and listening to vinyl records. When I was a kid I remember playing vinyl records with my dad and last Christmas I received a turntable from my...

Four Reasons To Believe Jesus Was Really Crucified

by Matt Nelson May 10, 2017 1 Comments

“In all our travels and movements, in all our coming in and going out, in putting off our shoes, at the bath, at the table . . . whatever employment occupies us, we mark our foreheads with ...

Being Radical: Choosing to Live Within the Context of Creation

by Fr. Michael Cummins May 09, 2017 1 Comments

It is said that old heresies never die; they just keep coming back in different forms. There is truth to this and I find it revealed in the pervasive spirit of Gnosticism present in our culture and...