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A Belief Observed
by Timothy Putnam

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S. on the Travel ‘Ban’ and Immigration

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo talks about the Catholic perspective on Immigration on this week's Outside the Walls.

A Catholic Thinker
by Tod Worner

Textualism vs. The Living Constitution: Justice Scalia, Judge Gorsuch and the Vital Question for Supreme Court Justices

The die is cast. Neil Gorsuch, a federal judge from the United States Court of Appeals (10th Circuit), has officially been named President Trump’s nominee to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the United States Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch has impeccable credentials with degrees from Colombia, Harvard Law and Oxford, clerked for Judge David Sentelle [Read More...]

A Contemplative Faith
by Carl McColman

Five Ideas that Shape Contemplative Prayer

I recently listened to the audiobook version of Chris Anderson’s TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking. If your work in any way involves public speaking, I heartily encourage you to give it a listen. Chris is a humble and charming enough speaker in his own right, but fortified with tips and tricks, the [Read More...]

A Little Bit of Nothing
by Henry Karlson

The Use and Purposes of Scripture: Conclusion

This is the second and concluding part of an essay begun here. There are limits to what any text, including the Holy Scripture, can say. Holy Scripture represents and points to truths beyond itself. It uses conventions, some which were more readily understood at the time of its compositions, some which are still easily understood, [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

Inaugural Poem for Donald Trump

I was inspired to write this parody after reading a post published by The Independent. There is nothing quite like a strong, well-nigh singable rhythm to get the creative juices flowing. Enjoy! ***** Come out for the Dumbbell, ye scavenging crowd, That lyin’ malfeasant who’s boorish and loud! With horrible purpose he came from his tower [Read More...]The post Inaugural Poem for Donald Trump 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

“Armstrong vs. Geisler” #5: Prayer to Creatures

Photograph by “jclk8888” (7-7-13) [Pixabay / CC0 public domain] ***** [This is an installment of an extensive series of mine, in which I interact with the book that I believe is the best Protestant critique of Catholicism in our times: Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences, by Norman L. Geisler and Ralph E. Mackenzie (Grand Rapids, [Read More...]

Catholic and Enjoying It!
by Mark Shea

Message of the Holy Father

on the Occasion of the World Meetings of Popular Movements in Modesto

Catholic Authenticity
by Melinda Selmys

Conservatives vs Liberals: Who are the Real Catholics?

Several years ago, I was involved in a frustrating and interminable exchange about Catholic sexual morality over e-mail. At some point in the conversation my interlocutor sent me a copy of the entire chapter of the Catechism that covers the sixth commandment, heavily highlighted to show the errors in my position. I recall reading it [Read More...]

Catholic News
by CNA Daily News

Archbishop Chaput on his new book about life in a post-Christian world

Philadelphia, Pa., Feb 21, 2017 / 02:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia's new book, released on Tuesday, takes a hard look at how Catholics in the United States can live their faith in a public square which has become post-Christian.CNA recently spoke with Archbishop Chaput about Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World, published Feb. 21 by Henry Holt and Co.During the conversation, the archbishop discussed the changes seen in American public life in recent years, the role technology has played in these changes, and the place of law in the country's ethos.He also touched on Christian hope, the central importance of fidelity to Christ, and the temptation of conformity to cultural norms.   Please read below the full text of CNA's interview with Archbishop Chaput:Why did you feel the need for a new book after “Render Unto Caesar”?I think the nine years since the release of Render Unto Caesar have seen a generational change in America. Boomers are aging out of leadership. Younger people are moving in. Their civic formation and memory – their understanding of the nation, the role of religious faith in public life, the nature of the Church – are very different from my age cohort.The 1960s generation, my age group, had the benefit of moral and intellectual capital built up over many decades. We borrowed on it, even while we attacked it. Now a lot of it is used up. That has political consequences for the country and pastoral consequences for anyone trying to preach and live the Gospel. For example, what does a word like “salvation” mean to people who’ve been told since birth that they're basically pretty good already, and if they’re not, it’s the fault of somebody or some force outside themselves?  As Christians, we're offering a salvific message in a therapeutic culture. It's a tough sale.Doesn't “Strangers in a Strange land” as a title suggest a rather pessimistic view of the place Christians have in society today?Realistic, yes; pessimistic, no. Optimism and pessimism are equally dangerous because both God and the devil are full of surprises. About three-quarters of Americans still self-identify as Christians. Tens of millions of them actively and sincerely practice their faith. I know dozens of young clergy and lay leaders who are on fire with God, and they’ll make a real difference in the world with their witness. So biblical faith still has an important influence on our public life.But we'd be foolish to ignore the overall trends in American religious affiliation, which are not good.You make the case in your book that we're living in a “post-Christian world.” How so?By “world” I mean mainly the developed countries of the north. In the global south, Christianity is generally doing very well and growing rapidly. But the north has the wealth and power, and therefore the ability to shape much of the dialogue about international trade, politics, and even history. Take a creature like the European Union. The EU very deliberately ignores 1,500 years of Europe’s Christian heritage and defines itself in purely secular terms, as if a huge part of its own past never happened. In effect, it tries to create a new reality by erasing its own memory.That's a harder trick to pull off in the United States, because we have no negative experience of religious wars or state Churches, the nation’s religious roots are still fresh, and religious practice is still high. But if you unpack the subtext in some of today’s militancy about tolerance and diversity, you find the same disdain for Christian faith and morality.What do you see as the main factors that have changed America’s religious landscape?Some of the change is inevitable and good because we’re a country built on immigration, and our demography naturally changes over time. More important, I think, is that many of the developments in our legal and educational philosophies and our sexual mores over the past 60 years have not been friendly to religious belief, and especially to Christian faith. At the same time, technology has fundamentally altered the way we learn, live and work, how we imagine the “supernatural,” and even how we think, or whether we think at all, about God.You mention the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision as an emblem of the “many issues creating today's sea change in American public life.” How so?America is an invented nation. It has no history before the age of progress. It’s a country created and held together by law; and law not only regulates, it also teaches. Americans have an instinctive bias toward assuming that if it’s legal, it’s also morally acceptable. So what the law says about marriage, family and sex has a huge influence on how we actually live as a society. Obergefell was a watershed in how we view these things, and not for the better.Can we find in our current circumstances some practical reasons for real hope, or are we Christians destined to live sort of “by hope alone”?Jesus changed the world with 12 very flawed men. We have plenty of good men and women, and more than enough resources, to do the same. But not if we’re too self-absorbed and too eager to fit into the world around us to suffer for our faith. We’re not short of vocations. We’re short of clear thinking and zeal.What makes Christian hope so radically different from the “hope and change” kind of political slogans common in the secular world?Political slogans are designed to bypass the brain and go for the heart. They’re a shortcut that relieves people of the hard work of thinking. “Hope and change” is a classic example. The real issue in those words, which is never addressed, is why we should hope, and what kind of change do we want – because some change can be bad.Christian hope is not an emotion. It’s based on our faith in a loving God, no matter how hard our circumstances. There’s a wonderful line in the King James Version of the Book of Job, where Job – who's bitterly tested by God – says, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (13:15). That confidence, despite all the seeming evidence to the contrary, that's the virtue of hope. And it's very different from just choosing a positive outlook.How does your vision of a great Christian past and a hopeful future differ from “Making America Great Again?”The Christian past was great only to the degree that Christians were faithful to Jesus Christ and his Gospel. All the beauty of Christian art, music, architecture, culture and scholarship that we’ve inherited – all of it – depended on and derived from that fidelity. The same applies to how we build the future.As for the country: We’ll make America great when we make America good. And that means laws and leaders and communities that embody justice, charity and a respect for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death, and including the refugee and immigrant. Otherwise, “making America great again” is just the latest version of “hope and change.”You say in your first chapter that there are things we Christians “should not bear, should not believe, should not endure in civic life.” Wouldn't that make us “culture warriors” rather than evangelizers?Preaching, teaching, defending and suffering for what we believe about God and his love for us are part of a culture war that goes back to Golgotha. These things are also called witness.You quote Václav Havel saying that “the only way to fight a culture of lies...is to consciously live the truth.” What would it mean to live the truth for rank-and-file Catholics today?Every Catholic every day has little opportunities to speak up to explain or defend his or her faith.  Nearly 200 years ago Alexis de Tocqueville – the great early chronicler of our nation’s life – noticed that Americans, despite all our talk about individual liberty, have a terror of being out of step with public opinion.We don't need more resources to renew the Church in the United States. We need more courage. And that begins with the honesty to live what we claim to believe as Catholics, whether public opinion approves or not.

Christopher Closeup
by Tony Rossi

Bringing the Future to Hope Valley: A Look at “When Calls the Heart’s” Season Four Premiere

Progress is generally thought of as a good and necessary thing for a society to grow and prosper. But it can also present some challenges when change happens quickly and makes it a possibility that some of the best parts of the past might be lost in the process. There’s a tension between “progressing” and [Read More...]

Confessions
by Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Hopi Lessons: What Trump’s Election Says About All of Us

A couple of weeks ago, in a Facebook post, one of my Hopi in laws called Donald Trump a “tsuku.” It’s a Hopi word for “clown.”

Cosmos the in Lost
by Artur Rosman

The Young Pope: The Second Coming of Brideshead Revisited?

In many ways, The Young Pope is the second coming of Brideshead Revisited. In the place of a millionaire with a teddy bear, we have a Pope with a pet kangaroo. Charles Ryder drinks champagne every afternoon; Lenny Belardo downs a Cherry Coke Zero every morning. The stately spires of Oxford have given way to [Read More...]

Daffey Thoughts
by David Griffey

The best presidents

Over at The American Catholic, from posts long past.  Don’t know if the list still holds.  Personally, there are a few I would tweak but, overall, my take wouldn’t be too far from these.  Lists like this, especially in our fragmented age, are as subjective as ‘best pizza toppings.’ Still, there are a few things I [Read More...]

Eastern Catholic Person
by Justin Tse

Retracing My Footsteps in the City of Saints #5: He Makes All Things New: St. Maximilian Kolbe, Martyr of Auschwitz – Eugenia Geisel

This is the fifth in a series of posts entitled Retracing My Footsteps in the City of Saints by Eugenia Geisel for Eastern Catholic Person on her experience of encountering the saints in Kraków as part of the ordinary supernatural during World Youth Day. There are four previous posts, one on the Black Madonna, a second on Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko, a [Read More...]

Eating Peaches
by Marina S. Olson

Please Stop Panicking About NFP: The Internet Makes Everything Scary

You know engagement and wedding season are heading to full force when you start seeing an uptick in posts talking about NFP. And along with those posts come the apparently requisite extremes that go along with them, and suddenly you start hearing all the questions necessitated by the whole being-Catholic-and-having-sex thing. See, NFP conversations, particularly [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

Help With a Monastic Cooking Documentary!

Hello all. I have received permission to share the following fascinating thing with you: Several months later, I’m returning to the short documentary / doc series idea on monastic cooking and kitchens that I [told you about earlier]. The general gist behind the piece is that in spite of the increased interest in farm-to-table, locally-sourced [Read More...]

Faith on the Couch
by Greg Popcak

Unhappy Marriage? New Study Reveals 1 Simple Trick Can Turn Things Around.

According to a new study by the UK’s Marriage Foundation, 70% of couples who said they were in unhappy marriages reported being happy 10 years later.  Of those, 30% of the formerly unhappy couples were “extremely happy.”  This was especially true for couples who were feeling the strain a growing family can put on the [Read More...]

Good Letters
by  

Poetry Friday: “Afternoon Swim”

The play of grammar has always lured me. I’ve wondered: why do English sentences take the shape they do? So when I reached line 4 of Lance Larsen’s “Afternoon Swim”—with its bold announcement that he was switching from second person to first—I was hooked. Play with grammar is this poem’s medium. I laughed out loud [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.

Week 4: The Flynn leaks, and, when do the ends justify the means?

I’m starting to think that I’ll write one Trump post per week (and this counts for the past week, on the European approach that the week starts on Monday).  So this is a bit old-news but let me tell you about General Flynn, or, rather, share a few links with you. Article in The Week, [Read More...]

Jappers and Janglers
by Chase Padusniak

The Sensuous Catholic Body

This one will be short, because my point is singular: American Catholics must avoid the Protestantization of the body. This is a pressing concern for me because I’ve met so many (especially young) Catholics who feel a need to give up everything upon entering the Church, as if all things were unclean for the Christian [Read More...]

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

‘Of Kings and Prophets’ Showrunner Chris Brancato Returns to ‘Narcos’ Roots With ‘Las Reinas’ Pilot

After doing druglords with "Narcos," and the actual Lord with "Of Kings and Prophets," writer/producer Chris Brancato takes on a new crime story.

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

Escuchar más, hablar menos

Recuerdo una vez escuchar a mi abuelo decir, “cuanto más uno habla, más oportunidad hay de decir tonterías”. Esto es muy cierto, pienso que es mejor escuchar más y hablar menos. Lamentablemente en la actualidad todos hablan, pero pocos escuchan. Las vías para uno expresarse se han multiplicado en estas últimas décadas, y me atrevo [Read More...]

Letters From the Edge of Elfland
by David Russell Mosley

My Rolling English Road to Rome: How J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and Stratford Caldecott Helped Make Me Catholic

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 14 February 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Two days ago I told you that I am going to be received into the Catholic Church. Today, I want to dig a little deeper by explaining one part of how I found myself on a road I [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

Moving Forward on Abortion: Part 1

From the start, one of the major goals of the New Pro-Life Movement has been to relinquish abortion from culture war rhetoric, especially when it comes to opposition. Because this issue has become so politically polarized, it’s virtually impossible for anyone on any part of the spectrum to discuss and debate it without getting bogged down [Read More...]

Peace and Pekoe
by Kate Cousino

At The Personalist Project: Tin Pacifists and the Search for Meaning

  “The Socialist who finds his children playing with soldiers is usually upset, but he is never able to think of a substitute for the tin soldiers; tin pacifists somehow won’t do.” – George Orwell, review of Mein Kampf  Since the horrific mosque shooting in Quebec City a few weeks ago, I’ve been wondering how it [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...]

Public Catholic
by Representative Rebecca Hamilton

Yes, I’m a Feminist. Why Aren’t You a Feminist Too?

I’ve received a few jibes lately from Catholics, claiming that I must be a feminist. These comments are usually full to the brim with what are either implications or direct claims that I can’t possibly be a good Catholic, since I am … you know … the culture wars f word. Truth told, I am a feminist. I’ve [Read More...]

Sam Rocha
by Sam Rocha

The Media Treats Trump Better Than Clinton or Bush

As I’ve said countless times, my media intake began with 90s era Rush Limbaugh and to this day includes a real dose of right-wing stuff. In many ways, hyper-conservative media, from The EIB Network to Focus on the Family, created my basic worldview and, in my case, I don’t see myself as having moved very [Read More...]

Sick Pilgrim
by Jonathan Ryan and Jessica

Things Keeping Us Alive – Feb. ’17

We recently and randomly declared it “Treat Yo Self Day” in the Sick Pilgrim community*. We were encouraged to do a little something extra (“lagniappe,” if you speak Cajun) for ourselves and share a picture of how we went out of our way to treat ourselves. And since Sick Pilgrim isn’t Rich Pilgrim, our treats [Read More...]

Sister Rose at the Movies
by Sister Rose

The Shack: Christian Film with a Catholic Touch

My feature story on the new film “The Shack” is now live at St. Anthony Messenger! Be sure to click through to read the entire story. (I have posted just a few opening paragraphs here.) The film opens on March 3, a great film – and just in time –  for Lent. In 2007, Canadian [Read More...]

Standing on my Head
by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Romancing the Religion

OK. Here’s another book suggestion for Lent. My book The Romance of Religion picks up on the idea that religion is a great adventure. It is not pious or puritanical or pusillanimous or pussyfooting around. It is the stuff of all the great romances, the great adventure stories. It is full of great risks and great [Read More...]

Steel Magnificat
by Mary and Michael Pezzulo

What Are You Doing for Lent?

The Great Fast is almost here. For the Latin church, Lent will begin on March First this year. I’m still trying to figure out when the Fast begins for the Eastern Church. I know that last Sunday was “Sunday of Meatfare” and next Sunday is “Sunday of Cheesefare” and as far as I can tell, [Read More...]

Sticking the Corners
by Jennifer Fitz

10 Minutes to Summarize American Culture

If you want to understand where America stands, pay attention to the Super Bowl half-time show. I mean this from a purely sociological standpoint. My reasoning: The Super Bowl is the single event that unites the entire country.  It transcends race, gender, social class, politics, religion and every other divide. The Super Bowl is considered family [Read More...]

Suspended in Her Jar
by Rebecca Bratten Weiss

how can we counter the anti-semitism of right-wing reactionaries?

This is what I think of at the corollary to the Banality of Evil: the tackiness of it. It leans ultimately towards ugly art, bad hairstyles, absurd histrionics, and a moral vacuousness that tries to cover itself with shiny externals. I am reminded of Dante's depiction of the damned as "those who have lost the good of the intellect" - and the further down Inferno you go, the more nasty and stupid the souls there.

The Catholic Book Blogger
by Pete Socks

Everyone has a guardian angel; Angels: Day 213

Even children of adultery, says one of the characters in St. Methodius’s  Banquet of  the Ten Virgins, have guardian angels caring for them,  because,  as human beings, they are “copies  and living pictures of Christ.” Nature could not accomplish such a great work in such a little time with- out divine help. Who gave the [Read More...]

The Cordial Catholic
by K. Albert Little

Is the Church Just an Invisible Collection of Believers?

As an Evangelical Christian I understood the “Body of Christ” or “the Church” (capital C) to be an invisible collection of believers. The idea was beautiful, really, because it meant that somehow all Christians across the whole world no matter how important or obscure were connected by Christ into one universal Church. But this isn’t [Read More...]

The Divine Wedgie
by Matthew Tan

Emptying Christ in Identity Politics

“Identity” has become a buzzword, peddled and circulated with increasing bombast in all manner of social, political and scholarly discourse. People now cannot do or say anything without first making some statement of his or her racial, gender, geographical or other identity marker, either apologetically or with a touch of chauvinistic pride. In this context, [Read More...]

The Dorothy Option
by Solidarity Hall

A Lawless Man

On Friday, January 20th, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. It will be dark day for our nation, and a portent of even more dire days ahead, because the highest office in our land is being assumed by a fundamentally lawless man. Like Erebus and Nyx, Trump is born of Chaos. [Read More...]

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

A brief reflection on having a Dog…

Over the years I’ve heard a lot about importance of a dog in the life of a boy. Often these sentiments are followed by some comment about a dog’s unconditional love, friendship, loyalty or affection.These admirable traits so often possessed by our canine brethren are truly blessings and I for one am glad to have [Read More...]

The Rule and the Raven
by Anne Carpenter

Confessions of a Tribal Catholic

Every Catholic feels like they’re a strange kind of Catholic, I think. No one is a “good” Catholic, anyway. We’re all just a bunch of people trying, and sometimes we’re not even trying to be good. We’re just trying, at all. I always feel a bit tribal. That is my strange way of thinking about [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

Rejecting God

It’s no secret to anyone who has been reading my blog these past ten months that my uncle’s death has sent me into a crisis of faith. I am not really sure if “crisis” is the right word because it isn’t like I am struggling to believe in God, His Goodness or that everything that [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

The Proper Use and Misuse of Matthew Kelly

Another year means another round of free Matthew Kelly books offered by parishes across the country. My home parish has done this for four years now. Is four years of Matthew Kelly books what we need, or are other writings needed for a strong spiritual life?   Click here to watch on YouTube. Twitter Facebook [Read More...]The post The Proper Use and Misuse of Matthew Kelly appeared first on Time Off Purgatory with Steve the Missionary.

Unequally Yoked
by Leah Libresco

I’m speaking about my conversion in Denver!

The archdiocese of Denver is running a special season of Theology on Taps this spring on “Why I am Catholic.” I’ll be kicking off the series this coming Monday, January 9th, with “Arriving at Amen: An Atheist’s Conversion to Catholicism.” If you’re in Denver, or have a friend in Denver, let me know if you’ll [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...]