Happy Birthday, St. Teresa of Avila: Patron of Catholic Writers and Headache Sufferers!

A Saint I Can Relate To!St. Teresa of Avila was born 500 years ago today, on March 28, 1515.  She was a mystic, writer, reformer, and the founder of the Discalced Carmelites.  Her feast day is celebrated on October 15, the anniversary of her death.  In 1970, she was one of the first women to be named a Doctor of the Church.In 1577 St. Teresa’s guide for spiritual development, The Interior Castle (in Spanish, El Castillo Interior) was published.  In the book, she envisioned the soul as a c … [Read more...]

So You Want to Be a Writer… You Should Attend the Catholic Writers Conference This Summer!

Secretly, you're a writer.You bury yourself in historical novels, and you think, "Someday I'd like to write like that!"   or... You love a good mystery, and you daydream about complex and unexpected plotlines;  or... You have a remarkable personal story of your own conversion, your mother's love even through the long, lingering goodbye of Alzheimer's, your family's unorthodox vacation memories;  or... You have been successful in creating a small home-based business, and you think ot … [Read more...]

Will the Vatican Establish a Secretariat for Communications? And What Would That Mean for Bloggers?

Attendees at the Vatican Blog Meeting May 2, 2011

News this morning out of Rome:  Giacomo Galeazzi, writing for Vatican Insider, reports that the Vatican is considering establishment of a Secretariat for Communications, which would be a dicastery of the Roman Curia having oversight responsibility similar to that of the newly established Secretariat for the Economy.If the Secretariat is established, it will be a centralized structure which would coordinate offices including the Vatican Press Office, the Pontifical Council for Social … [Read more...]


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