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Pope Francis praises 'heroism' of parents who refused to abort their children


'Mad Max' is an overwhelming, deeply weird, masterful action movie...
Steven Greydanus
In the first act of Mad Max: Fury Road, Tom Hardy’s Max spends more time than you might expect strapped helplessly to the front of a turbo-charged Chevy coupe, maniacally driven by a fanatic through a hellish landscape, an unwilling witness to the chaos ensuing around him. Sitting in the theater, I felt about the same way, I think...


What Could President Obama possibly have to offer the Catholic Health Association?
Kathy Schiffer
President Obama will give the CHA’s closing address on June 9, with an anticipated 1,000 people in attendance. I don’t believe for one minute that my little voice will make even a modicum of difference in the CHA’s policy direction. I do believe, though, that it is my responsibility to share my concerns, and to encourage others to express their concerns as well–inviting the Catholic Health Association to abide by Church teaching...


What's your happiness level?
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
The first level which I call “Animal” simply refers to our primal physical needs. We need food. We need drink. We need sex. We need shelter. We need power. We need warmth. The thing we need for survival bring us a certain level of satisfaction and happiness, but because we are more than animals we have greater needs and desires...


Silence is precious and is a necessary ingredient for your spiritual life...
Msgr. Charles Pope
I suppose it goes without saying that we live in a very fast-paced, hectic, and noisy world. We’re often in a big hurry to get somewhere. Stress is the norm and noise is all around us in the form of radios, televisions, iPods, etc. We’re plugged in but often tuned out. Very few of us live at the pace or volume of normal life...


Gee, your corpse smells terrific!...
Simcha Fisher
I've just witnessed a miracle! My guilty reading pleasure, the tell-all, anything-goes, don't-you-judge-me women's site XO Jane has published a remarkably unsnarky and informative piece on incorruptibles -- the saints whose bodies have not decomposed as expected, presumably as an outward sign of inward holiness. The author gives a brief...


The Latin oration at this year's Harvard Commencement was a tour de force. See for yourself...


Abortionists have killed more Americans than lived in the U.S. in 1880...


Deep joy and difficult suffering: St. Teresa of Avila on why we need both...
Dan Burke
The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God...


As you go out into the world to serve God, don't lose our soul in the process...
Philip Kosloski
Let’s envision a common scenario. A college graduate is on fire with the faith and can not wait to get involved in youth ministry. They apply to 10 different jobs and are finally hired to help run a youth ministry program for a large suburban parish. Before coming there, the youth ministry program was non-existent and the pastor now wants to focus on building up a strong youth group...


St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Pope Benedict and the Miracle at Lourdes...


What John Elway’s Deflategate comment can teach us about integrity...


It isn’t enough for pro-lifers to be “innocent as doves.” We must also be “wise as serpents”... ...


Colombia is a factory for Catholicism’s new brand of martyrs...


Jesus Christ is the Conqueror of Satan, and constantly warns us about him...


Nebraska abolishes death penalty in landmark bipartisan override vote...


How a California woman fell in love with a Swiss Guard...


It is hard to think of anyone who combined evil and stupid ideas so consistently as Ayn Rand...

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Why are they drawing Muhammed? It's just poking the bear to show that bears act like bears...


For G.K. Chesterton's birthday, a 30-quote salute...


Trust in the Lord and leave the real heavy lifting of evangelization to the Holy Spirit...


5 tips for praying at Mass while taking care of a toddler...
Susanna Spencer
A lot of things change when you have your first baby, including your experience of going to church. For the most part babies are easy to soothe and you will be able to pray during Mass. Then one day your sweet, easy to soothe baby at church turns into a toddler. The toddler prefers to be moving continually throughout all of Mass...


Homosexual activists shut down event honoring Clemson coach, disrupt Jennifer Roback Morse talk...


Complaints prompt Catholic university to remove statue of priest praying over Indians...


For the Vatican Bank, a new direction means profitability...
Andrea Gagliarducci
The Vatican Bank’s net profits in 2014 jumped to $75.5 million from only $3.2 million the previous year, reflecting a change in its financial management and investments. The Institute for Religious Works (IOR), known informally as the 'Vatican bank', released its third annual report on May 25. The report registered a massive increase in net profits...


Music vet teams up with Carmelite Sisters to create a collection of chamber folk...


The top 5 heresies to avoid this Trinity Sunday...
Brantly Millegan
Trinity Sunday is a special day each year when Christians are called to especially dwell on that great mystery of the Christian faith: the Trinity. There is only one God, but that one God has revealed himself to us as eternally existing as three distinct, co-equal, co-eternal persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the Trinity is arguably the most important doctrine of the Church...


The color blue is a May tribute to Our Lady...
R. Jared Staudt
I recently heard a piece on NPR about the color blue. At first, I thought “you have to be kidding me.” Maybe that’s what you’re thinking right now as you begin this article. A reference to Homer caught my attention and pulled me into the rest of the piece. I have been intrigued by Homer’s use of color. How can anyone forget his reference to the wine dark sea...


Nothing but net...
Greg Erlandson
An old friend passed away today. It was one of those basketball hoops that stand alone on a tall metal tube, with a heavy plastic base filled with anti-freeze to keep it weighted down and to avoid cracking with winter’s freezes. It was so rusted from its years standing sentry on my driveway that my neighbor had to cut the bolts with a power saw...


The surprising Catholic history of pretzels...
Matthew Archbold
When I moved to Philadelphia I was surprised by the number of guys on the side of the roads selling pretzels. I never buy food from anyone who doesn't have a bathroom but forgetting that, the whole thing just took me a while to get used to. As a New Yorker, I was used to people selling hot dogs but not pretzels on street corners...


11 things that happen to parents who bring their kids to Mass...


Three simple paths to interior peace...


On betrothal and the importance of marriage preparation...
Pope Francis
The covenant of love between man and woman, a covenant for life, is not improvised; it is not made from one day to another. There is no express marriage: one must work on love, one must journey. The alliance of love of man and woman is learned and refined. I allow myself to say that it is a crafted alliance. To make two lives only one life...


11 fascinating personal things about Pope Francis we learned in his latest interview...


The Irish vote is worse than perverse. It is blasphemous...


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