Stand, Sit, Kneel, Repeat… Why Catholics Do the Things They Do

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If you're a non-Catholic attending the Catholic Mass for the first time, chances are you notice this:  On cue, people stand up; they sit back down; they kneel; then they stand.... The curious onlooker might wonder what is the Secret Code that Catholics flash to one another, to achieve such uniformity in such complex circumstances.My Irish aunt used to joke about it, her irreverent but good-natured banter extracting humor from our Sunday ritual. "They learned precision in the marching ba … [Read more...]

Inklings of the Gospel: Fr. Robert Barron’s Latest Book Finds Meaning in Popular Culture

Seeds of the Word

Raise your hand if you remember CliffsNotes.  Those black and yellow-striped study guides were a boon to the hapless undergrad who lingered too late at the fraternity kegger, squandering his time with new friends when he should have been studying for his Lit exam.  For just a few dollars, CliffsNotes offered a quick plot summary, description of the characters, and analysis of the theme.  Ideally, CliffsNotes would be a companion to the complete masterpiece, offering insights without replacing the … [Read more...]

What Do Young Americans Think of Jesus–And How Can We Change Their Minds?

PRAYING HANDS (Betende Hände) by Albrecht Dürer.  Wikimedia Commons.  This photo is in the public domain.

Well, Easter has passed.  We remember with gratitude that Jesus lived, died on the Cross for our sins, and was raised from the dead.But what does that really mean?  Unfortunately, for too many American Christians, it doesn't mean as much as one might hope. A new research report by the Barna Research Group demonstrates that "Americans’ dedication to Jesus is, in most cases, a mile wide and an inch deep.”David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, discusses the findings in their phone and … [Read more...]


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