Gifts of the Visitation: A Q&A with Catholic Convert Denise Bossert       

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“As Evangelical Protestants, we rarely spoke of Mary, and we avoided the story of the Visitation completely. And yet, Mary is the perfect model of evangelization. She shared Jesus Christ first, and she shared Him fully. Everything we need to know about sharing Christ is embedded in Mary’s story.” — Denise Bossert, Catholic author and [Read More...]

Jon Sweeney on When Saint Francis Saved the Church

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“I don’t think we can really grasp Francis’s life today unless we see it through the lens of his struggles, and unless we meet the friends and followers who seemed to do all they could to screw up what Francis started.” – Jon Sweeney, author, When Saint Francis Saved the Church This month, popular historian [Read More...]

How The West Really Lost God: A Review

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About halfway through grad school course work, I had a professor who asked each student in our class what we wanted to do with our lives once we’d earned our Ph.D.’s. His enthusiasm and encouragement for the future professors, administrators, community activists, and citizen-scholars in the group was ebullient. When I said I wanted to [Read More...]

Got Religion? A Book Review

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I am a millennial. Born in 1983, I fall smack dab in the middle of the 20-somethin’, 30-somethin’ generation that has been the source of a great deal of pearl-clutching by American religious leaders of late. The source of their concern—as Naomi Schaefer Riley addresses in her latest book Got Religion? How Churches, Mosques and Synagogues [Read More...]

Richard Cole on Becoming Catholic, Finally

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After a lifetime of spiritual searching, Richard Cole found what he was looking for in the most surprising of places — a small, unassuming monastery in southern Texas. Cole’s wife had given him a three-day retreat at the Benedictine monastery for his 49th-birthday, and Cole went, thinking it would be a nice few days of [Read More...]

Easter Down Under

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By Richard Cole Author, Catholic By Choice This time every year, I think about the celebration of Easter in Australia. What’s it like down under where Lent is the high tide of autumn and Easter is a harvest season? For one thing, I’m told that you won’t see any chocolate Easter bunnies. Rabbits are an [Read More...]

Do Something More: A Review of “Mercy in the City”

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Reviewed by Jessica Mesman Griffith The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are among the many lists and prayers I memorized as a child. I still remember the St. Joseph’s picture book with the children carrying the groceries of an elderly man, Jesus hovering above them approvingly. The hymn we sang in Catholic school, “Whatsoever [Read More...]


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