Saints Remind Us: We Are Be-Sparked Creatures of Infinite Possibilities
by Elizabeth Scalia . November 1, 2018 .
How St. Maximilian Kolbe Led People Into Relationship with God
by Ricky Jones . August 14, 2018 .
The Mustard Seed Principle
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 17, 2018 .
Our Gospel for today features one of Jesus’ most beloved parables: that of the mustard seed. How does God tend to work? What does the building up of the Kingdom typically look like? From the very small to the very great—and usually by a slow, gradual process. God, it seems, tends to operate under the radar, on the edges of things, quietly, clandestinely.
Sowing the Wind and Reaping the Whirlwind: A Reflection on the Irish Referendum
by Bishop Robert Barron . June 5, 2018 .
I will confess that as a person of Irish heritage on both sides of my family, I found the events in Ireland last week particularly dispiriting. Not only did the nation vote, by a two-to-one margin, for the legal prerogative to kill their children in the womb, but they also welcomed and celebrated the vote with a frankly sickening note of gleeful triumph. Accompanying the entire process, of course, was the subtext of the Catholic Church’s cultural impotence, even irrelevance, in the wake of the great crimes of the last several decades. Is there a way forward for Ireland?
Bishop Barron on Confirmation Names
by Bishop Robert Barron . May 31, 2018 .
One of the marks of the sacrament of Confirmation is that someone takes a new name. It’s true—and weird—that while an individual chooses the name of a saint, in a much more significant way the saint chooses that individual, drawing them into the power of his or her life and witness. But two of the most popular names for young men and women in my three years of presiding at Confirmation—Sebastian and Teresa—reflect in a more universal way what it means to take this sacramentum, or sacred oath, and become a confirmed member of Christ's mystical body.
Saints and Attributions: Making Mountains out of Mustard Seeds
by Elizabeth Scalia . April 26, 2018 .