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Thankful for the Unknowns

by Fr. Steve Grunow Nov 22, 2017 2 Comments

I believe that it was the twentieth-century theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar who described holiness as a quality by which one would disappear into the mission of the Church. This insight...

Rembrandt and the Queen of Heaven

by Joe Heschmeyer Nov 21, 2017 1 Comments

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) is the greatest and most famous painter of the Dutch Golden Age. While he’s perhaps most famous for paintings like The Return of the Prodigal Son, he also ...

God Loves Me More … For You

by Dr. Tom Neal Nov 20, 2017 1 Comments

“All you can take with you is that which you give away.” That quote, which appears in a scene of the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, captures the economy of God’s Kin...

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...