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Pope's Wednesday Audience: Selfish, weak, distant fathers raise children "filled with idols but robbed of their hearts"


Finding freedom in my prison cell: My journey from racial hatred to rational love...
Joseph Pearce
Many good and worthy people in the past have found the experience of imprisonment a crucial and definitive period on their road towards faith and religious conversion, or as a means of deepening an already existing faith. Saint John of the Cross springs to mind, as does Miguel Cervantes, and the great Nicolae Steinhardt, whose book on his time in prison is called The Happiness Diary...


Interesting perspective from an atheist: "Why Islam is more violent than Christianity"...


100 babies: A women's center that helps every step of the way...


The 12 most expensive winter storms in U.S. history...


Amid storms and wars, the daily outrage that is Francis...
Elizabeth Scalia
I’m getting burned out, not because I dislike him. I like Francis just fine, although Pope Benedict XVI will always be the pontiff of my heart, because his writings have penetrated it and poured the merciful balm of Christ Jesus into it as little else ever has. As some credit Francis with making them feel lovable, and deserving of mercy...


Cause for canonization of St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s sister is opened...


'Sixty Minutes' leaves viewers with a cartoon pope and a cartoon Church...
George Weigel
Constant harping on all this by the self-identified “progressive” wing of the Catholic Church strikes me as a tacit confession of intellectual impoverishment. Pope Francis is trying to put serious questions on the Church’s agenda: How does the Church more effectively proclaim the “yes” that underwrites the “no” Catholicism must say on occasion...


In Mexico, devotion to St. Jude is pushing back against the cult of Santa Muerte...


The untapped potential of Catholic Schools Week...


Can one calculate grace missed?
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
Can one calculate grace missed? Sometimes I wonder if life in the convent is more difficult for me because I was away from the Church for so long. My logical mind calculates the number of communions, Masses and prayer times that I missed in those ten plus years of running away from God and I think, “How does one make up for lost time...


Saint Thomas Aquinas – The Angelic Doctor...
Tom Perna
Today, January 28, is the feast day of one of the greatest minds and theologians the Catholic Church has in her arsenal, as you probably have guessed – it's Saint Thomas Aquinas. Born into a family of nobility descending from the Lombard's, his father was a knight and his mother was of Norman descent. He was born around the year 1225 in the quaint town of Aquino...


Wondering what to give up for Lent? Try indifference, Pope says...


SF Archbishop Cordileone on Nancy Pelosi: No Catholic can dissent from Church teaching on abortion...


Facing opposition from GOP congresswomen, House scraps bill banning late-term abortions...
Rebecca Hamilton
The United States House of Representatives’ leadership has made the decision to scrap a bill that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. They went for a bill banning the use of government monies to pay for abortions, instead. The reason? Evidently, a number of GOP congresswomen objected to the bill based on the fact that it did not allow sufficient exception for rape victims...


How to win the first battle of every day...


Since God is the one doing the converting, few of us get the conversion we think we want...


Here are 6 of the best biographies of our Lord and Savior...
Fr. C. John McCloskey
Every Catholic should spend a minimum of fifteen minutes a day engaged in spiritual reading. Normally, this should include some reading of the New Testament to identify ourselves with the words and actions of our Savior and better conform our lives to His, perhaps followed by a passage from some classic book on a spiritual theme recommended by your spiritual advisor...

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A look at the 1965 Missal, the "actual Mass" of Vatican II...
Msgr. Charles Pope
While it is hard to argue that the new lectionary is problematic, I remain open to the criticism that the 1970 Missal introduced a “hermeneutic of discontinuity” and also flowed from that sort of rupture that the 1960s brought. We do well to see the 1965 Missal as a bridge back to the more modest notions of the council and as a template for the kind of cross-pollination that Pope Benedict wished for when he spoke of the two forms influencing each other...


Three of the best missals for small children...
Susanna Spencer
One of the things that is a constant struggle with little kids is helping them be quiet and if they are able be attentive at Mass. Something that has worked for us so far is to just keep things simple. Since M and I have a missal for Mass (for both the Ordinary Form and the Traditional Latin Extraordinary form), we decided that each of our children should have their own personal missals appropriate for their age...


25 mind-twisting optical illusion paintings by Rob Gonsalves...


Would it be possible for two teams in a tug-o-war to pull apart an iron rod?


For St. Thomas Aquinas, the study of Theology was first and foremost the study of the Bible...
Michael Barber
Today is the Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas! In honor of that, I thought I’d cover some ground I’ve been over before, namely, Thomas’ role as a model of Catholic theology and his primary focus on Scripture. Perhaps most striking—at least to some—is Thomas’ insistence on the priority of the literal-historical sense of Scripture...


Liberals are beginning to realize that Pope Francis is not one of them...
Mark Shea
After bingeing on the hallucinatory drug that made them imagine the pope was just just about to make pot a sacrament, officiate at Michael Sam's wedding, sprinkle holy water on Rome's Planned Parenthood clinic, canonize Karl Marx, and call the Third Vatican Council to declare all religions/philosophies/lifestyle choices "cool"...


Punching the Archbishop after he punches you...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
I will presume that the Archbishop in question is of the Latin Rite, and a Metropolitan. As this punching took place in a non-liturgical setting, the ceremonies for returning the punch are much simplified . Imagine the manifold complexities of the liturgical punch at a Pontifical Mass coram Sanctissimo ... within the octave of St...


More and more, our public and private lives are on a collision course...


700 years later, everyone's still talking about the Summa...
John Clark
In the late Thirteenth Century, the epoch which historian Warren Carroll has referred to as “The Glory of Christendom,” Saint Thomas Aquinas penned his masterpiece: The Summa Theologica. It would come to be considered one of the greatest intellectual works of the Western Canon, and is commonly cited as one of the most brilliant works of theology in ecclesiastical history...


Want to become a fierce spiritual warrior? Then read this instruction manual...
Philip Kosloski
As I began to dig deeper into the reality of spiritual warfare, I put myself on a quest to find the best resources. Providentially, I was given a book by a fellow parishioner that I now use every day in my fight against Satan: the Manual for Spiritual Warfare by Paul Thigpen. It has proved to be a vital tool in combating the many assaults of the Enemy...


You have your marching orders...


Prayers offered upon death of prominent dissenting theologian...


Young and Catholic: It’s not an oxymoron...


In the battle against temptation, fleeing is not cowardly. It is courageous...


How to handle the death of a family pet...


Grandson of Vince Lombardi speaks of NFL championships and the Catholic faith...


'The Thrill of the Chaste' shows that it's possible to live a devout life, even in a world fraught with danger...


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