Barron on Merton, On His 100th Birthday

 Father Robert Barron is the founder of the global ministry Word on Fire, and the Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary. He is the creator of the award winning documentary series, "Catholicism"  and "Catholicism:The New Evangelization."Here, Father Barron offers his reflections on the 100th birthday of Thomas Merton. *     *     *     *      * I write these words on the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Thomas Merton, one of the greatest spiritual writers of the 20th century and a … [Read more...]

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Like a Good Fisherman Watching for Fish: Advice from St. Romuald

St. Romuald, whose feast we celebrate today, died on June 19, 1027.  Monastic life in the eleventh century was difficult—but not difficult enough for Romuald.As a young man, he entered Sant’Apollinare in Classe, a traditional Benedictine community in Italy.  Then, as now, the Church faced corruption within its ranks—with some monks engaged in simony (charging for sacraments or for offices within the Church) and concubinage (an ongoing immoral relationship with a woman).  In Romuald’s mona … [Read more...]

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Google’s Doodle: A Tribute to Gregor Mendel

Way, way back in ancient history (1996), two Stanford University graduate students constructed a search engine called “BackRub” that utilized links to determine the importance of individual web pages.  By 1998 the students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, had built their project into the company now known world-wide as “Google.”Since then, the Google Doodle—the familiar logo that tops their search page—has transmogrified to honor heroes, to celebrate holidays, even to play like a real guitar.Tod … [Read more...]

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