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Metal Band “The Angelus” Finds Hope in the Darkness

by Matthew Becklo Jun 28, 2017 0 Comments

“There will be no peace on earth for you or me…” So begins the second album by Texas-based metal band The Angelus, There Will Be No Peace. The plaintive declaration, sung o...

How Fear Prevents Us from Being a Blessing to Others

by Ricky Jones Jun 27, 2017 1 Comments

Every moment of every day is an opportunity for blessing. Each encounter wherever it occur is an opportunity for grace. You and I are meant to be channels, instruments through which the blessings o...

Wrestling, Discipleship, and Being a Husband: An Interview with Corey Robinson

by Jared Zimmerer Jun 26, 2017 0 Comments

Sports and family are two aspects of human life that can teach us so much about who we are and the need for virtue to authentically live our vocation and call to evangelize. Today, Jared Zimme...

Priests, Holiness, and Imperfection

by Fr. Billy Swan Jun 23, 2017 2 Comments

The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is also World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. For those who are not priests, it is an invitation to pray for us who are. For this, we beg...

A Faith for All Seasons

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Jun 22, 2017 1 Comments

It was the year 1535. For almost a millennium England had been a Christian nation, its culture, traditions, and morality informed by the faith. Marriage, like most things, was understood according ...

Does Teaching Religion “Brainwash” Kids?

by Joe Heschmeyer Jun 21, 2017 0 Comments

Is teaching children religion brainwashing? The question was posed at, and an astounding 86% of respondents said yes. So why should Christian parents share the G...

Irritating or Inscrutable?

by Fr. Connor Danstrom Jun 20, 2017 4 Comments

To anyone but a young seminarian, perhaps, the banner was innocuous enough. But we were young seminarians. It was hanging in the cafeteria of the convent where we made our first-year retreat. The l...

YouTube, Relationships, and Humor: An Interview with That Catholic Couple

by Jared Zimmerer Jun 19, 2017 0 Comments

YouTube has offered us as evangelists a potent opportunity to produce content in a space where we can reach beyond the periphery. Today, Jared Zimmerer sits down when Daniel and Ana Glaze, or as th...

Bishop Barron on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

by Bishop Robert Barron Jun 16, 2017 0 Comments

Sunday is the Feast of Corpus Christi, the great solemnity that commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist. In honor of this feast, Bishop Barron reminds us of the profundity of the Real Pr...

Bob Dylan's “Judas” Moment: Why Stories Matter in Discernment

by Luke Burgis Jun 15, 2017 0 Comments

At his concert on May 17th, 1966, Bob Dylan was a lightning rod. Some of his fans were outraged. They’d heard that he was bringing an electronic guitar on stage during his recent concerts, a ...

Introducing Bishop Barron's New “David the King” Study Program!

by Word on Fire Jun 14, 2017 0 Comments

DAVID IS THE PARADIGMATIC KING IN THE OLD TESTAMENT His kingship recalls that of Adam in the Garden of Eden, and yet it points toward the King par excellence, Jesus Christ. Adam was the fi...

What St. Tony Really Wants You to Find

by Ellyn von Huben Jun 13, 2017 0 Comments

I hadn’t been a Catholic too long when I had my first opportunity to implore the intercession of St. Anthony for help in finding something lost. Not that I was totally sold on the idea that I...

Apologetics and the Christian Imagination: An Interview with Holly Ordway

by Jared Zimmerer Jun 12, 2017 2 Comments

Whether you were an apostle in the early church or an Inkling of the twentieth century, the practice of apologetics has always required a keen awareness of the needs and cultural dynamics of the ti...

Immersed in the Trinity and What It Implies

by Fr. Billy Swan Jun 09, 2017 0 Comments

One of the caricatures of God attacked by atheists is that of God being ‘up there’ or ‘out there somewhere’ at a remove from us as an independent being with an independent w...