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Pope's Wednesday Audience: "The Father fills the Church with diverse charisms and gifts"...


The animal that wouldn't die...


The heart of our civilization is at risk. That's what the upcoming synod is really about...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
The family is in crisis, as Pope Francis has said, and the world’s press is fixated on, of course, conflict, much of it distracting, even as it involves important practical and pastoral concerns and pain in the lives of Catholics wanting to live lives according to Church teaching.


How is our culture contributing to the rise in Satanic activities? In more ways than you can imagine...


Saint Thérèse, Archbishop Sheen, and eleven sermons...
Tom Perna
Over the past five weeks every Tuesday morning from 10:00am to 11:30am, over thirty parishioners and friends of Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church gathered to reflect on 11 sermons given by Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on the words of St. Therese of Lisieux now in book format titled, St. Therese: A Treasured Love Story.


Why do men love St. Thérèse? Because she didn't promote sugary piety. She taught manly virtues...
Dominicana
Speaking of feminist eco-theology, an English Dominican once remarked, “There’s not much in that for a man.” Should we say the same about the theology of St. Therese? We might think her approach to God is fine for women, especially cloistered women, but certainly not for the average man of the 21st century.


The saint that John Paul II wanted everyone to imitate...
Philip Kosloski
Saint John Paul II declared only one “Doctor of the Church” during his twenty-six year pontificate. He canonized a total of 480 men and women and yet he only held up one saint as a prime example of holiness and teaching. That saint was not an accomplished academic or high-ranking ecclesiastic. Instead, it was the “Little Flower...


The Jesuits are "brave and expert rowers" in the Barque of Peter...
Pope Francis
In times of trial and tribulation, dust clouds of doubt and suffering are always raised and it is not easy to move forward, to continue the journey. Many temptations come, especially in difficult times and in crises: to stop to discuss ideas, to allow oneself to be carried away by the desolation, to focus on the fact of being persecuted...


12 promises from the Sacred Heart of Jesus...
Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg
As a small child, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, 1647-1690, preferred prayer and contemplation over childish play, owing perhaps to the extraordinary virtue of her parents. However, she had heavy burdens from her earliest years. She lost her father to pneumonia when she was only eight years old.


Nazarenes at home and abroad...


What's that strange new thing on Saturn's biggest moon? NASA's orbiter is trying to figure it out...


Ugly churches are starting to return to their former glory. Look at these before-and-after pictures...


Conservatives to synod: Don’t go soft on marriage...


What Cardinal Kasper should have remembered before saying that a typical annulment 'makes no sense'
Edward Peters
Misunderstanding—sometimes seasoned with plain ignorance—about canon law, annulments, and tribunal work is common among Catholics and pervasive among non-Catholics. What is unnerving to see, however, in the wake of Cdl. Kasper’s call for holy Communion to be administered to those living in “public and permanent adultery” (CCC 2384)...


Behind the scenes of the Chicago appointment...


Cardinal Kasper slams fellow cardinals for "fundamentalism", says "that's how politicians operate"


3 secret spiritual benefits of bringing your children to Mass...


Here's what I tell Catholics who ask me which books they should read...

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Each of us is a masterpiece of God's creation...
Bishop James Conley
At Calvary, Jesus Christ hung upon the cross, suffering for the sin of the world. He hung in agony suffering for our sins, yours and mine. He suffered a death on the cross he had not merited; he innocently suffered torments he did not deserve. Mary, his mother, and John his beloved disciple...


A quick glossary of the stages in religious life...
Elizabeth Scalia
An Aspirant is someone who is living for a while with a community to see if they feel comfortable and for the community to gauge her as well. Some places call it a “pre-postulancy.” A Postulant is someone who has formally entered an order...


The urgency in the man’s voice — plus the two questions he asked — immediately grabbed my attention...


The sensational story of a notorious killer inspired St. Thérèse to adopt her "first sinner"...


Christ Himself has descended into the very fabric of human marriage. This too is a truth that saves us...
Fr. Thomas Joseph White
In 1567, the famous reformer Pope Pius V condemned various propositions from the writings of a little known theologian by the name of Michael Baius, a professor at the University of Leuven in Belgium. Concerned with combatting a rising secularism, yet ironically yielding to it, his problems are to a great extent our own.


What will it take to restore our culture? The only hope is holiness...
Msgr. Charles Pope
There has been a tendency for traditional Catholics to hitch their wagons to the Republican Party specifically, and to conservative politics in general. It is demonstrably true that the stated platform of the Republican Party has been more aligned with Catholic teaching on a number of critical issues: abortion, religious liberty, the definition of marriage...


You're kind of a big deal...
Christopher Stefanick
You're small in this world, but spiritually, you're massive. Can an ocean love, a mountain know, or a galaxy chose to change directions? No, but you can. And you'll still be around long after all this has passed.


Rome, we have a problem. We need a synod of affirmation...
George Weigel
Pope Francis has called a special session of the Synod of Bishops, which will meet from Oct. 5-19 and prepare the agenda for the ordinary session of the Synod that is scheduled for the fall of 2015; both sessions will focus on the family. In my view...


The Pope’s most important step on sex abuse may come in Kansas City...
John Allen
News yesterday that the Vatican is investigating Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri, first reported by Joshua McElwee of the National Catholic Reporter, is potentially a prelude to the most significant step Pope Francis may ever take with regard to the church’s child sexual abuse scandals. Francis has already met with victims...


5 ways J.R.R. Tolkien has influenced my faith...


8 things I think I've figured out about the Oklahoma beheading...


Go to Confession! Because Hell really exists, and people can go there for doing things like this...


Latin is not a dead language. This article from the 'tela totius terrae' proves it...


More confusion about sacramentality, and then some...


Some say that man is nothing more than a smart ape. To which I reply, nonsense...


Ransoming for Christ: The story of two daring religious orders...


Report: Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn under Vatican investigation...


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