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...]

5 Quick Thoughts on Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia

By Sr. Marianne Lorraine TrouveI'm still reading Pope Francis' new document on the family, which is quite long--about 250 pages!Here are a few initial thoughts:1. Don't get your impressions of it from headlines, which always distort. Read it yourself, otherwise you won't get a balanced view of it.2. Surprise--the pope is Catholic and actually upholds all Catholic teachings on marriage and family, including that of contraception, the indissolubility of marriage, and divorce. R … [Read more...]

Atheist Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong About Mother Teresa, Here’s Why…

Christopher Hitchens, a man who was at the forefront of the New Atheism movement, once called Mother Teresa "a demagogue, an obscurantist and a servant of earthly powers." Hitchens has since passed away (may he rest in peace) but his baffling banner of hate continues to be raised by some atheists.Recently, I noticed that when the Vatican announced Mother Teresa’s canonization date, the Patheos Atheist Channel was abuzz with posts that basically regurgitated the same old Hitchens-inspired ac … [Read more...]

5 Inspiring Quotes for the Feast of the Annunciation

Happy Feast of the Annunciation!In honor of this beautiful day, I have picked out some quotes about the significance of this feast:If you were an artist, would you allow someone to prepare your canvas with daubs? Then why should God be expected to act differently when He prepares to unite to Himself a human nature like ours, in all things, save sin? But having lifted up one woman by preserving her from sin, and then having her freely ratify that gift at the Annunciation, God gave hope … [Read more...]