NEW Syrian Archbishop’s Letter: Will We Become the Guardians of Rocks, Pebbles, and Stones?

This is the latest letter from the Maronite archbishop in Damascus, Syria. Please keep the people of Syria in your prayers.Translation from the French by Sarah Sierra, Pauline Volunteer1) Shaken safeguardSix years of war have finally shaken the Syrian society’s safeguard: THE FAMILY, which was the primary cell that absorbed the shocks and misfortunes of the never ending violence and that saved the country and the Church until 2014. Insecurity, intolerance, violence and chaotic d … [Read more...]

Death and Social Security Fraud: Celebrating Mother Teresa

By Charles BeardToday we celebrate the very first feast of St. Teresa of Kolkata, exactly one day after her canonization.In recent days, I’ve read a number of articles and heard a number of stories criticizing St. Teresa and her work. Some of it is understandable; some of it is silly. But some of it has really given me pause.In some of her houses for the dying, for example, there was no running water and people defecated in buckets with no privacy. There was no medication other than a … [Read more...]

WATCH: Sr. Maria Kim’s Vocation Story

“I felt such joy in my heart, and I felt Jesus ask me in that moment to give my whole life to him so that other people would know that joy…and I said yes.” –Sr. Maria KimWhat is vocational discernment?Why would a young woman consider religious life?What should she do when she feels God calling her?A group of Daughters of St. Paul and young women discerning religious life—gathered in Tempe, Arizona, for Sr. Maria Kim’s perpetual profession—explore these questions and more. Enter in … [Read more...]

How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church

I asked Kevin to share a bit about his new book, How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church, here on Pursued by Truth. I wrote an endorsement for the book and really enjoyed this memoir/ apologetics /spirituality book. A fascinating story and a great combination of all my favorite writing genres! - Sr. Theresa AletheiaWhen I was a kid, my dad was a Presbyterian minister. We lived in a manse (a house for the minister and his family) right next to the church. Despite my s … [Read more...]

The Prodigal You Love: Book Signing and Talk in Tulsa, OK!

I will be giving a talk about my book The Prodigal You Love and doing a short reading at Ziegler's in Tulsa this Thursday.If you are in the area, I hope you are able to make it!Facebook event: … [Read more...]

3 Moments When the Holy Spirit Worked in Mary’s Life

By Sr Marianne Lorraine Trouvé, FSPUnless we see Mary in relation to the Holy Spirit, we will never understand her role in the Church.“The Spirit changes those in whom he comes to dwell; he so transforms them that they begin to live a completely new kind of life” (St Cyril of Alexandria, Commentary on John).In what way and why did it matter?The Holy Spirit changed Mary by making her holy and by giving her a new mission. The role of the Spirit is not only to make us holy, but also … [Read more...]

How to Read Amoris Laetitia without Assumptions, Cynicism, Bias (and Hand Wringing)

People have responded in pretty predictable ways to Pope Francis' new document, including myself. My column at Aleteia recently read the document through the lens of evangelization, which is the charism of my community. I have learned a lot from many of the articles on the document from the critical to the effusive.But the one thing I have not appreciated in several of the articles is the tendency of some to mind read and make assumptions. It’s astounding to me how many people think they kn … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Keeping Your Kids Reading This Summer

by Jeannette de BeauvoirDo you want to keep your kids connected over the summer—and not just to their cognitive skills, but to their relationship with God?Helping kids keep their minds sharp and engaged over the summer vacation is no easy task—but regular reading is the key to keeping your children thinking and being creative and imaginative.Here are five keys to making sure your kids keep reading all summer:Set your sights on a series. Whether they read it themselves or you re … [Read more...]

Archbishop of Damascus: 4 Greatest Challenges to Christians in the East

This is the latest letter from Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar in Syria. Many thanks to Sr. Margaret Charles Kerry, FSP for always translating the archbishop's letters from French so we can continue to keep the Christians in Syria in our prayers.  – Sr. Theresa AletheiaTHE FOUR CHALLENGES OF EASTERN CHRISTIANS1. The Challenge of HistoryThe Christians of the East bear the burden of the Christological disputes of the first four Ecumenical Councils:Nicea in 325 A.D. … [Read more...]

This Pro-Women’s Ordination Video Manages to Patronize Women

This is a recently released video entitled "7 Reasons Men Should Not Be Pastors" which is based on a popular blog post written by Eugene Cho and another older list written by Dr David Scholer, a Fuller Theological Seminary professor:7 Reasons Men Should Not Be Pastors I mean, they could still lead worship on Father's Day ... Posted by Sojourners on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 The video is basically a parody of the sexist reasons I assume some women hear when they are informed … [Read more...]