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A Belief Observed
by Timothy Putnam

Bishop James D. Conley explains the injustice of our Immigration system

That injustice has tragic consequences in the lives of real families, who reflect the image of the Trinity.

A Catholic Thinker
by Tod Worner

“Something Absolutely Modern” – The Insincere Convert from Brideshead Revisited

  He was something absolutely modern. And his insincerity was stunning. Oh, true, he wanted to marry Julia Flyte. She was beautiful, sophisticated and a scion of a wealthy aristocratic English family. And she had a dowry – a huge dowry. It seemed only natural that they should be together, he assured himself. And so Rex [Read More...]

A Contemplative Faith
by Carl McColman

When a Jesuit talked to a Franciscan (Video)

Check out this video, where two of my favorite living Catholic authors — Fr. James Martin, SJ and Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM — have a chat together at a religious education congress a couple of years ago. James Martin is a Jesuit and is an editor at large of America magazine; Richard Rohr is a Franciscan and [Read More...]

A Little Bit of Nothing
by Henry Karlson

Man, Not Superman

God the Word became man. He did not become super-man; he became man. God took all that is human and made it his own. He became lowly so that we may be raised up on high. He emptied himself so that we could become filled. The one who is by his divine nature invisible, omnipotent, [Read More...]

A Million Unheard Souls
by Lisa Duffy

Divorced, Hopeless And Ready For A Change? Listen To This

Are you ready for a change? People say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting things to change. Does that describe some aspect of your life at the moment? If you’ve been through a divorce, it’s easy to feel stuck, especially at this time of the year. All [Read More...]

After the Ecstasy, the Laundry...
by Cynthia A. Schrage

Jesus Is My Plumber

Disgusting, that’s what it was. This morning, after watching the sink slowly fill up and realizing that the half-bottle of drain cleaner I put in over the weekend hadn’t been very effective, I decided to put on my plumber’s hat and tackle the problem at the source. I removed all the bottles of hair spray [Read More...]The post Jesus Is My Plumber appeared first on After the Ecstasy, the Laundry….

Bad Catholic
by Marc Barnes

Towards a New Argument Against Pornography

Call me morally optimistic, but I think that most people have a basic intuition that pornography is bad. Sure, there are ideologues here and there who really believe that it’s healthy, doesn’t hurt anyone, improves your sex life, empowers women, and all the rest — but these voices have a faint, overly-defensive whine in the [Read More...]

Biblical Evidence for Catholicism
by Dave Armstrong

Cause of the Big Bang: Atheist Geologist Challenged

Image by “geralt” (8-20-14) [Pixabay / CC0 public domain] ***** An atheist geologist who goes by the nickname of “ButILikeCaves” (he must be a spelunker) showed up on one of my posts at Patheos: ***** I place my confidence in the centuries of research, billions of man-hours, millions of pages of documentation, and mountains (literally, mountains) [Read More...]

Catholic and Enjoying It!
by Mark Shea

On the air with Deacon Steven Greydanus at 5 PM Eastern…

…on Connecting the Dots, talking about life at the movies.  Give us a call at 1-573-4BREAD4.

Catholic Authenticity
by Melinda Selmys

Call No Parent Happy ’til They’re Dead

Every Catholic parent wants to know: how do you raise perfect kids who will remain Catholic forever, never have premarital sex, never do drugs, never suffer from depression, attempt suicide, turn out gay, or grieve their mothers heart in any way? What is the secret? Fortunately, there are tonnes of articles all across the web [Read More...]

Catholic News
by CNA Daily News

Remembering two anniversaries

Denver, Colo., Apr 27, 2017 / 04:07 pm (CNA).- "The recent pledge by the Democratic National Committee chair to support only candidates who embrace the radical unrestricted abortion license is very disturbing. The Democratic Party platform already endorses abortion throughout the nine months of pregnancy, even forcing taxpayers to fund it; and now the DNC says that to be a Democrat--indeed to be an American--requires supporting that extreme agenda.   True solidarity with pregnant women and their children transcends all party lines. Abortion doesn't empower women. Indeed, women deserve better than abortion.   In the name of diversity and inclusion, pro-life and pro-'choice' Democrats, alike, should challenge their leadership to recant this intolerant position."   --Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair U.S. bishops’ Pro-Life Activities Committee, April 26     We mark two forgotten anniversaries in 2017.  Here’s the first.Exactly 50 years ago this Easter season, Pope Paul VI (now Blessed Paul VI) issued his great encyclical Populorum Progressio (“On the Development of Peoples”).  The text focuses powerfully on global issues of social and economic justice and the need for rich nations to share generously with the poor.  It includes the line – worth remembering today – that we “cannot insist too much on the duty of giving foreigners a hospitable reception.  It is a duty imposed by human solidarity and by Christian charity” (67). But Paul’s idea of “development” was much larger than simply providing more and better material goods for the poor, vital though that task is.  As he makes clear in Populorum Progressio, there’s no real progress without a right understanding of man’s spiritual identity.  There’s no real development without a respect for the wholehuman person as a creature of moral purpose. Real development, for Paul VI, demands a reverence for human life from conception to natural death.  This is why he reminded the U.N. General Assembly (1965) that “Your task is to ensure that there is enough bread on the tables of mankind, and not . . . to diminish the number of guests at the banquet of life.”  It’s why he forcefully rejected abortion – echoing the words of the Second Vatican Council -- in his other great encyclical, Humanae Vitae, just a year after Populorum Progressio.To put it another way:  There’s something irrational, something deeply contradictory, in (admirably) arguing for the rights of our nation’s foreign newcomers while (wrongly) allowing – and even sacralizing -- the systematic killing of a different kind of foreigner, the child in the womb, the newcomer to life itself.  Both the immigrant or refugee and the unborn child are human beings, both have inviolable dignity, and both demand our protection.  The difference today is, we don’t recognize and applaud anyone’s right to kill an immigrant.As of mid-April though, that kind of logic is apparently absent from the national leadership of the Democratic Party.  The Huffington Post noted on April 21 that Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez “[has become] the first head of the party to demand ideological purity on abortion rights, promising . . . to support only Democratic candidates who back a woman’s right to choose.”Which leads us to a second anniversary.In 1992, exactly 25 years ago this July, Pennsylvania’s Governor Bob Casey, a prolife Democrat, was refused an opportunity to address the Democratic National Convention that nominated Bill Clinton and Al Gore.  Casey claimed he was barred because of his opposition to abortion.  The Clinton camp claimed otherwise.  But the history of the party in the decades since speaks for itself.It’s now less and less possible for any genuinely prolife candidate to hope for national office as a Democrat.  Cardinal Dolan’s articulate concerns, noted above and voiced earlier this week, will be repeated and amplified by many others in 2018, an election year.  Party leaders chose this course freely, and they’ve earned whatever bad consequences result in the voting booth.  They have no one to blame but themselves.  In the meantime, they’ve placed state and local Democratic elected officials – many of whom are good and effective public servants – in needlessly difficult circumstances.None of this absolves the current White House of its own ugly views, or the Republican Party of its own callous policies, or us as Christians of our duty to help women facing the pressures of an unwanted, unplanned pregnancy.  But a key to simple human decency is this:  Don’t intentionally kill the innocent.  One of our national parties is now fully and forcefully committed to tolerating, and even celebrating, the “right” to exactly that kind of killing.  And no amount of dissembling can excuse it.  None. Reprinted with permission from

Christopher Closeup
by Tony Rossi

The 2017 Christopher Award winners for TV, Film, and Books Are…

FAMILY TIES AND OVERCOMING ADVERSITY A COMMON THREAD IN 68TH ANNUAL CHRISTOPHER AWARD WINNERS Creators of films, TV programs and books to be honored on May 16th NEW YORK, March 28, 2017 — The Academy Award-nominated films Hidden Figures and Hacksaw Ridge, along with the pilot episode of NBC’s blockbuster series This is Us, are [Read More...]

by Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Farewell, My Beautiful Eliza–A Lenten Lesson

God bless you, you beautiful little fur ball. I'll miss you forever.

Cosmos the in Lost
by Artur Rosman

Post-Execution Church: Rise Up from the Electric Chair!

  I read this recent New York Times interview with people who have witnessed an act of capital punishment in the United States. Whatever your view of the death penalty, hearing those with actual experience of the act humanizes that opinion. Those who enter the observation room bitter don’t often forgive, even after death. Staff are [Read More...]

Daffey Thoughts
by David Griffey

I see Med people

Because I’ve been at the hospital for the last day, and will likely be there for the next few days.  They’re running tests on my Mom after we found her unresponsive yesterday morning.  It looks to be internal bleeding resulting from a fall last week.   They missed it when it happened, and now hoping [Read More...]

Eastern Catholic Person
by Justin Tse

To make philosophia my way of life in the academy

Yesterday night, I went home to discover in my mailbox that Darius Karłowicz’s new book Socrates and Other Saints: Early Christian Understandings of Reason and Philosophy had arrived. The book had been translated from Polish by my friend Artur Rosman, and the back cover features an endorsement from John Milbank, the theologian whose work convinced me [Read More...]

Eating Peaches
by Marina S. Olson

Thoughts of Holy Thursday: Of Remembering and Presence

NB: this is an extremely hastily written reflection. So it is more poetic than normal. So enjoy or else accept my apologies. Tonight is Holy Thursday. Tonight, we step outside of this moment, the linear progression of time. Tonight we do not focus on how our actions pile upon each other moving us throughout life. [Read More...]

Elizabeth Duffy
by Elizabeth Duffy

What You May Have Missed

    Good Letters: Learning Detachment in the Attic Good Letters: A Post About God and sex Good Letters: On leaving one’s thirst unquenched Aleteia: The Mercy of letting one’s yes mean yes, and no mean no Good Letters: What happened to Fun? Image: Jack Baumgartner and the School of the Transfer of Energy

El Puente
by Victor Carmona

En esta solemnidad de María, madre de Dios, ¡manos a la obra!

El primero de enero celebramos la solemnidad de María, Madre de Dios.  El Concilio de Éfeso le atribuyó ese título a María (Theotokos en griego) en el año 431. De esa manera, el concilio subrayó una verdad sencilla y profunda: Jesús es verdadero Dios y verdadero hombre. Jesús es Dios encarnado, pues como todo ser humano [Read More...]

Eve Tushnet
by Eve Tushnet

Maybe Stop Seeking?

“A short story says, ‘I looked for x, and didn’t find it,’ or, ‘I was not looking anymore, and then I found x.’ A novel says, ‘I looked for x, and found a, b, c, g, q, r, and w.’” -Etif Batuman So yesterday I suggested that you maybe try a thing. Now I want [Read More...]

Faith on the Couch
by Greg Popcak

Expressing gratitude makes us healthier: Who wouldn’t be grateful for that?

Gratitude journals, #grateful quotes, appreciation lists, oh my! Expressing gratitude seems to be a growing trend right now, but are these seemingly small practices of expressing gratitude enough to have an impact on our overall well-being? New research by Stephen Yoshimura and Kassandra Berzins for the National Communication Association’s Review of Communication shows that, “Gratitude [Read More...]

Fumbling Toward Grace
by Sarah Babbs

In Praise of Transfigured Flesh

This morning I burned my hair on the curling iron. I’ve been using a curling iron my whole life, but today I somehow managed to lose almost an entire lock of hair to the hissing, smoking, smell of death that is human hair burning. I am a disaster, but nothing if not honest. When you [Read More...]

Good Letters

Brunelleschi’s Balancing Act

The story goes that one day Filippo Brunelleschi, the goldsmith who would go on to become the most important architect in Europe and arguably the originator of the Renaissance, devises a practical joke he and his buddies play on their mutual friend, Manetto the woodworker. The gist of it is that they contrive to convince [Read More...]

Il Naufrago
by Aurelio Porfiri

Aurelio Porfiri’s Organ improvisation

A short Organ improvisation by Aurelio Porfiri, recorded in Rome on May 2016.

Jane the Actuary
by Jane B.

Did Rauner flip-flop on Medicaid abortions?

  On the Democrats’ party platform this summer:  the elimination of the Hyde Amendment and the full funding of abortion by the federal government under any circumstance when it would otherwise fund healthcare/pregnancy-related medical treatments. In Illinois:  the Democrats, who control the House and Senate, have passed a bill which removes existing restrictions on coverage of [Read More...]

Jappers and Janglers
by Chase Padusniak

Responsio ad Herr Journalist Polemikerque Rod Dreher Louisianae

“Hail Muse! et cetera.” – George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, FRS “Yeah them my dogs, them my boys.” – Jeffrey Lamar Williams, Not FRS It is I, Herr Doktorand Chase William Jarid Michael Padusniak, son of Frank and Robyn, likewise grandson of Frances and Chester, Frank and Stephanie, etc. And I was once a [Read More...]

Kate O'Hare's Pax Culturati
by Kate O'Hare

‘The Star’: Sneak Peek at Sony Animation’s Upcoming Christmas Movie

Sony Pictures Animation offers a glimpse at some of the character designs from its new story of the Nativity, told through the animals.

Kyle Cupp
by Kyle Cupp

What Abandonment Taught Me

Instead of teaching me to trust and believe in the commitment of others, my dad taught me to fear that the people I love don’t really love me in return. Ever since, I’ve found it very difficult to get close to people, even though I desire close friends more than almost anything. I’m torn between the impulse to make lifelong friends and the impulse to push everyone away.

Labyrinthine Mind
by Father Pablo

Lázaro, ven fuera! Pensamientos de la resurrección

En su camino a Jerusalén para celebrar la Pascua por última vez antes de su muerte, Jesús se detuvo en el pequeño pueblo de Betania a unos tres kilómetros al este de Jerusalén para visitar a su buen amigo Lázaro y sus hermanas Marta y María. Jesús encontró a su amigo Lázaro muerto. Lloró desconsolado, [Read More...]

Letters From the Edge of Elfland
by David Russell Mosley

Reviewing the Benedict Option Part IV: The Benedict Option vs. Distributism

David Russell Mosley Eastertide 26 April 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Over several letters I have now attempted to give some critique of Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option, both the book and the idea. I have given a general outline of my issues; compared the Benedict Option to Michael Martin’ Radical [Read More...]

Life Transparent
by Mallory Severson

Revisiting Challenges

I posted on Facebook page last month the news that one of my daughter’s doctors was no longer in practice. We not only lost a beloved doctor, but it also presented a logistical nightmare for our family to maneuver. We live two and half hours away from a children’s hospital. Many families can live in [Read More...]

Mackerel Snapper
by Matthew Tyson

To Advance Justice, Catholics Should Make More Allies

In a recent article from The Atlantic, Italian journalist Anna Momigliano writes about an interesting alliance between two unlikely allies in Europe: Conservative, Pro-Life Catholics and Left-Wing, Pro-Choice Feminists. The cause that has united the two? Surrogacy. Unlike in America, where the practice is legal and not nearly scrutinized to the same degree as other [Read More...]

Morning Rose Prayer Gardens
by Margaret Rose Realy

Joy in Dying, Looking Beyond the Light of Day

A friend with cancer shares with Margaret Rose Realy, Obl OSB, that, though not happy, there can be joy in dying.

Peace and Pekoe
by Kate Cousino

At The Personalist Project: Broken for Us

Christ died. He suffered that sundering of body and soul that awaits us all, so that we could live beyond it and know a bodily resurrection. But his Passion began before his crucifixion, and I’ve begun to wonder whether his Passion might not have begun even earlier, with his Incarnation, with the small violations of [Read More...]

Perchance Perpetuity
by Yvonne Meadows

Compassion for Prisoners During the Lenten Season

Everyday Reminder of the Corporal and Spiritual Acts of Mercy I do not keep many personal items at my desk in my office. I prefer not to make it too cozy for a couple of reasons. The first is I move locations quite a bit and the second is I like the divide between my [Read More...]

Pia de Solenni
by Pia de Solenni

Moving Forward: Muslims And Jews Show Solidarity With Catholics in France And Italy.

Time has an article about Muslims and Jews in France and Italy who attended Mass this past weekend to show interfaith solidarity with Catholics/Christians. I find this to be a beautiful gesture of solidarity. Unfortunately, I heard that some (one?) churches are allowing parts of the Koran to be read from the pulpit. That only [Read More...]

Proper Nomenclature
by Keith Michael Estrada

Pope Francis gave a Laudato si’ Ted Talk – watch and listen!

Pope Francis: Overcome our techno-economic systems with solidarity! He said, “Only by educating people to a true solidarity will we be able to overcome the ‘culture of waste,’ which doesn’t concern only food and goods but, first and foremost, the people who are cast aside by our techno-economic systems which, without even realizing it, are [Read More...]

Public Catholic
by Representative Rebecca Hamilton

Benign … Rewind

I got a call from my doctor yesterday, and the “suspicious mass” wasn’t so benign as they originally thought. The jury is still out on what I’m really dealing with, but I wanted to let you know that the all-clear was a bit premature. I need to have yet another surgery, which I’ve put off a [Read More...]

Sam Rocha
by Sam Rocha

Some Daiquiri Music: “A Todo VAR”

  I am giving a talk and showing some photography on Wednesday (see the poster above) at UBC and, inspired a bit by Alphonso Lingis, I decided to record a soundtrack for it. You can hear it by clicking the image. Here it is: “A Todo VAR.” I played drums, bass, and guitars, and all [Read More...]

Sick Pilgrim
by Jonathan Ryan and Jessica

Things Keeping Us Alive, April ’17

Lent is over, and Easter is here. The time for mourning and sacrificing is over. The Church invites us into the season of celebration. After the pain and utter defeat at Calvary, He is risen. Alleluia, alleluia. If you’re like me though, it’s not quite as easy as that. I wouldn’t call it “pessimistic”; it’s [Read More...]

Sister Rose at the Movies
by Sister Rose

“Einstein” headlines new GENIUS series on NatGeo tonight

  “I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.” The National Geographic Channel’s first scripted series “Genius,” on the life of Albert Einstein (1879 -1955) premieres this evening, April 25. Season one of “Genius” is a ten-part series filmed in Prague, Czech Republic, where Einstein lived and taught in the early days of [Read More...]

Standing on my Head
by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

How to Be a Catholic Tree Hugger

The Holy Father Pope Francis exhorted us all to be better stewards of the earth’s resources, and that is not only good Catholicism. Its good common sense. However, has anybody else noticed how Catholics who are keen on Earth Day seem to be taking their cues not from our Catholic tradition–which has a pretty good [Read More...]

Steel Magnificat
by Mary and Michael Pezzulo

Empathy and the Tyranny of Advice

Yesterday, I talked a little about the struggle with poverty, and how complicated and frightening it can be. Within five minutes of doing so, I got a comment on the Facebook page, explaining that I should buy dollar store shampoo instead of Ivory soap, buy in bulk “instead of in packages” and “yes foraging but [Read More...]

Sticking the Corners
by Jennifer Fitz

When Warfare Doesn’t Work

The excellent guest post at Simcha Fisher’s blog about the experience of being a Catholic woman in an abusive marriage provoked a heated discussion among several of my online friends.  What is the good solution to this problem? Sometimes there is not a good solution. I’m as prone to, “If we just did ___” thinking [Read More...]

Suspended in Her Jar
by Rebecca Bratten Weiss

my other problem with the “Benedict Option”

If students are being proselytized and shielded from any alternative views, they will not acquire the ability to make their own moral judgments, but will continue to operate within a condition of heteronomy, simply repeating what they have been told - as long as it seems to work.

The Catholic Book Blogger
by Pete Socks

Be an angel in adversity; Angels: Day 278

Christ came, says St. Augustine, so that we might live as angels. What  does that mean? It means, he says, that we should constantly bless the Lord, the way the angels do—even when we’re having difficulties. “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Ps. 33:1). So speaks Christ; [Read More...]

The Cordial Catholic
by K. Albert Little

I Am But Dust and Ashes

I tore a whole in my brand new coat. My brand new coat. We are by no means poor but we are thrifty and conservative with our spending so a new coat, which I haven’t had in years, was a source of some excitement for me. I loved the feeling—the thrill—of something new to wear; I [Read More...]

The Divine Wedgie
by Matthew Tan

Podcast: “A Theology of Pop Culture” with PEACEcast

  PEACEcast, a podcast spinoff of PEACEtalks (which is in turn a seminar series hosted by St George Anglican Church in Sydney), kindly invited me to be the latest installment of its podcast series. Their podcast, “A Theology of Pop Culture“, featured your humble servant together with Dr. Joel Harrison, Lecturer in Constitutional Law at Macquarie University. [Read More...]

The Dorothy Option
by Solidarity Hall

Francis meets TED, Talks About ‘Solidarity’

How wonderful it would be if solidarity, this beautiful and, at times, inconvenient word, were not simply reduced to social work and became instead the default attitude in political, economic, and scientific choices, as well as in the relationships among individuals, peoples and countries. Only by educating people to a true solidarity will we be able to overcome the ‘culture of waste,’ which doesn’t concern only food and goods but, first and foremost, the people who are cast aside by our techno-economic systems which, without even realizing it, are now putting products at their core, instead of people.

The Font
by Elizabeth Scalia

If Pope Francis “Failed,” What Does That Say about Benedict?

It is frequently observed that citizens use cognitive heuristics, or short-cuts, to make sense of the world. One unfortunate manifestation of this is our tendency to credit or blame the President for almost everything. The same can be true of our attitudes toward the Pope. A recent example is Matthew Schmitz’s suggestion in a New [Read More...]

The Inner Room
by Various Authors

Uselessness: Where Suffering and Beauty Meet

I’ve never been good at beauty. Yes, of course I can in some sense understand beauty – for instance could tell you the parts of a piece of literature that make it beautiful. But I usually don’t permit beauty to draw me out of myself – maybe because I’ve been pushed and pulled and pinned and [Read More...]

The Orant
by Billy Kangas

Aurora lucis rutilat: Reflections on an Ancient Hymn of Easter

This morning in Morning Prayer I was praying through a very old Easter hymn that has been attributed to the 4th century Bishop. St. Ambrose of Milan called Aurora Lucis Rutilat. The hymn is traditionally broken up into three parts which would be said in prayer throughout the day during the Easter season. I thought [Read More...]

The Rule and the Raven
by Anne Carpenter

Benedict and His Raven

“At dinner time,” Gregory the Great writes of Saint Benedict, “a raven daily used to come to him from the next wood, which took bread at his hands.” One day, the saint’s friend the raven stopped by as usual, only this time, the raven swooped in to save his life. The raven knew that the bread on [Read More...]

The Skeptical Catholic
by Matthew Miller

A plea for a measure of incoherence

   “Paradox” by Brett Jordan is licensed under CC by 2.0   Whenever a new and controversial papal or conciliar document appears on the scene (Ahem…Amoris Laetitia) there will always be, as smoke follows fire, people claiming that what the document teaches is in contradiction to previous teaching.  The story of nearly every schism follows this [Read More...]

Through Broken Roses
by Leticia Ochoa Adams

The Tomb of Grief

Last week I wrote about what happened the day that my son Anthony died by committing suicide, it had been five very fast but extremely heavy weeks. Today it’s six weeks and a day after the one year anniversary of my uncle’s death. To sum up how this last year has been let me tell [Read More...]

Time and the Mystery
by Michael Mangione

Conversations With Peter Mulvey: The Empathetic Artist

When I began playing shows at Marquette University, few Milwaukee artists were making things happen on a national level. Peter Mulvey, who is ten years older, had the label, the records, the tour dates and artist collaborations to inspire any budding musician. Over the last ten years, Peter and my paths have crossed multiple times, [Read More...]

Time Off Purgatory
by Steve the Missionary

Happy Meatster from Steve the Missionary!

The first Friday after Lent is over=MEAT-ster! Special days dedicated to the consuming of grilled meats are great days to re-consider why we give up meat in the first place. Here is a four and a half minute video of me eating an In-N-Out Burger. Click here to watch on YouTube. Twitter: @SteveMissionaryThe post Happy Meatster from Steve the Missionary! appeared first on Time Off Purgatory with Steve the Missionary.

To Give a Defense
by Scott Eric Alt

A Reader Says 1 Cor. 11:28-29 Does Not Bar Grave Sinners from the Eucharist

In his first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 11, St. Paul tells us why it is so important to have a proper disposition before we receive the Eucharist. In verse 18, he begins by rebuking the Corinthians for their “divisions” and “factions.” (The more things change.) He also condemns some abuses that crept into the [Read More...]

Unequally Yoked
by Leah Libresco

How do you throw a fasting and silence party?

The New Yorker has written a profile of Rod Dreher, author of The Benedict Option, and my husband and I were interviewed as part of the article. (It was very funny overhearing the New Yorker fact checker asking Alexi to confirm he was wearing a bow-tie when we met with the author, and that the mac-and-cheese we ate could [Read More...]

Why I Am Catholic
by Frank Weathers

Belated Happy Birthday To Blaise Pascal, Unofficial Saint and Mystic

Over at Aleteia, they’re remembering the birthday of a friend of mine. He’s one of the fellows who helped bring me into the Church. My buddy Blaise Pascal is a lot like me. That is, excepting the obvious fact that he was a mathematical genius, inventor of a calculator, etc., and though I enjoy mathematics, [Read More...]

Vox Nova
by David Cruz-Uribe (and contributors)

Take Heart, It’s Worse Than You Think

Following last November’s election, I wrote a piece at Christian Democracy in which I tried to step back and look at the U.S. political situation in a global context. An excerpt: To try to retrace the steps of these phenomena, in admittedly broad strokes: a noticeable number of opportunistic individuals are being propelled to power by sociopolitical groundswells [Read More...]