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Turkish border closed as Christian hostages in Syria spike to 250


“Liturgy Snob” Answers Her Critics...
Rachel Lu
Last week I wrote a piece here on Crisis about good liturgy and its effect on the minds of children. It provoked a number of strong reactions, with some positive and others very critical. This is unsurprising. All liturgy-lovers have heard these critiques before, because they arise as a matter of course whenever liturgical practice is discussed...


False teachings on meditation and contemplation exposed...
Dan Burke
In 1577, St. Teresa of Avila completed what is heralded as her seminal work on mental prayer, meditation, and contemplation in the Interior Castle. This guidebook to the most profound depths of prayer has become the standard against which all serious inquiries into interior progress must be measured. This is the reason that it is to St...


8 reasons to pray the Stations of the Cross this Lent...
Kevin Cotter
The Stations of the Cross are an ancient tradition in the Catholic Church going back to the fourth century when Christians went on pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Like many of our Catholic traditions, the Stations of the Cross can be rich, deep, and meaningful, but at the same time we can lose sight of their significance and how to relate them to our everyday lives...


World Christianity by the numbers...
George Weigel
The annual “Status of Global Christianity” survey published by the International Bulletin of Missionary Research is a cornucopia of numbers: some are encouraging; others are discouraging; many of them are important for grasping the nature of this particular moment in Christian history. This year’s survey works from a baseline of 1900 A...


At Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon, a team of monks and seminarians bond over basketball...


14 cool Christian things you can print with a home 3D printer...


In Brazil, "Surfer Angel" who drowned in 2009 is considered for canonization...


Must Western churches really learn basic theology from ISIS?
Philip Jenkins
This past month, the Christian church acquired 21 new martyrs for the faith. To a few, that statement might seem glaringly obvious, but in the wider world of Western churches and institutions, it is startling and controversial. That gulf of understanding points to a crying need to understand and clarify the concept of martyrdom...


Adam sought to be God and found he was dust. Jesus seeks to be dust for us and is revealed as God...


And now a word in favor of negativity...
David Mills
When I first discovered the discipline of giving things up for Lent, I thought it was great. The gain in self-knowledge was useful in itself, but it was also a challenge you could make into a game, like doing ten extra push-ups at night. You could feel yourself getting stronger. Even the new knowledge of how weak you are was a kind of strengthening...


Wow. This Russell Brand video on '50 Shades' is wisdom from unexpected places...
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
I am the last person who would have expected to agree with Russell Brand on many topics, let alone the topic of sex. But his comments on the craze surrounding Fifty Shades of Grey had me furiously nodding my head in surprised agreement. Some highlights: Brand connects the violence of warmongering and consumerism with softcore porn...


San Francisco archbishop on teacher contracts: Clarify, but don't capitulate...


Billy Graham had a runny nose...


The families of 21 Coptic martyrs are showing a gratitude that is not of this world...


St. Gregory of Narek Who? Seven facts about the newest Doctor of the Church...


How the devil tricks you by redefining humility...


The priest who was robbed on Ash Wednesday...

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The wacky world of postmodernism...
Mark Shea
Postmodern culture is, among other things, all about the subjectivization of everything. It is, like all heretical impulses, based on part of the truth, but (like heresies) it ignore other truths inconvenient to the heretic to focus on the things it liked. In this case, the truth can be roughly stated this way: when you read a book...


Behold, a rare recording of C.S. Lewis speaking...
Brantly Millegan
You’ve read his books, but have you ever seen or heard C.S. Lewis? He died only 52 years ago, well into the era of audio and video recordings, and yet there no known videos of Lewis, and a few audio recordings of him. According to the descriptions for the videos, these recordings are from a talk he gave on BBC radio that would eventually be published as part of his masterpiece book Mere Christianity...


Rape accusations against Bikram Yoga founder prompts question: Is yoga really just a harmless exercise?


12 steps to help you move from pride to humility...
Msgr. Charles Pope
In yesterday’s post, we considered the twelve steps of pride set forth by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. In escalating ways, the twelve steps draw us to an increasingly mountainous and enslaving pride. St. Bernard also enumerates the twelve steps to deeper humility and it is these that we consider in today’s post. As with yesterday’s post...


5 questions from Catholics about evolution...
Stacy Trasancos
In elementary school, children learn about dinosaurs and fossils, how fossils form, how paleontologists reconstruct skeletons of animals from the past using those fossils. There seems no difficulty whatsoever accepting that all kinds of plants and animals lived on the Earth before people lived. Meanwhile, the Catholic children learn about Creation...


By their actions, ISIS has sealed their doom by engaging supernatural forces beyond comprehension...
Elizabeth Scalia
ISIS wants the engagement, and so they will have it; the capture of these Syrian Christians is all about tempting the supernatural forces behind Christianity (and the Judaism from which it springs) into battle with the forces behind Islam. The world-outrage at their beheading 21 Coptic Christians has apparently left them feeling triumphant...


Fr. Timothy Scott removed as Basilian spokesman after hurling obscenity toward Cardinal Burke...
Kathy Schiffer
Fr. Timothy Scott, C.S.B. should have read that verse over once or twice, before posting a tweet February 7 about His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Unhappy with Cardinal Burke’s outspoken remarks about a feminized Church and his apparent criticism of Pope Francis...


Here are some good reasons for sitting up close at Mass...


How to enjoy the cold: Advice from an Arctic scuba diver...


Why you should prepare for martyrdom...
Philip Kosloski
Martyrdom is a gift from God. Only those whom God has given extraordinary grace will become martyrs. We are not all called to “red” martyrdom. However, we should be prepared to be a red martyr every day of our life. How? It is quite simple: love of God. Martyrs are born from a deep and abiding love of God. For example, as a father of my family...


Vatican spokesman: "The pope did not intended to offend the Mexican population"...


Avila Institute to offer online course on angels and demons...


Patriarch urges prayer after ISIS kidnaps at least 90 Christians in Syria...


5 tips to help you make the transition between homeschool and college...


Is the Church in better shape than we thought?


Reading this book is like getting a glimpse of Mary's garden...


Medieval cathedrals were more colorful than you ever imagined...


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