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How am I Actually Losing Weight for the First Time in Years?

This book.This stupid book,, which I think I learned about from Instapundit.Who knew?Who knew that all I needed was permission to eat a sandwich for lunch, if I really wanted to? None of this crazy trying to live with 20 net carbs a day, nosireebob. Keep it to 50 grams of carbs or … [Read More...]

Philip Neri and Friends, above my desk/Elizabeth Scalia

How St. Philip Neri Gave Us Stephen Colbert

I had already read, and appreciated, this GQ interview with Stephen Colbert, in which Colbert beautifully expounds on his Catholic faith, but I hadn't realized that there is an indirect-but-clear connection between the comedian and our wise spiritual uncle, Saint Philip Neri, who was known for his … [Read More...]


“Amends”: A Novel Hilarious, True, and Masterful

It's a rare thing for me to begin reading a novel and, only paragraphs into it, wish I'd written it.J. Malachi MacCool was born in Berkeley, California, in the last decade of the Cold War, to parents who deserved better. He had a dilapidated body and a face like the last days of the Raj: jowly, … [Read More...]

St. Bartholomew, Lateran Basilica, Rome/Elizabeth Scalia

Bartholomew and the Weakness of God

The weakness of God is stronger than men. That the preaching of these men was indeed divine is brought home to us in the same way. For how otherwise could twelve uneducated men, who lived on lakes and rivers and wastelands, get the idea for such an immense enterprise? How could men who perhaps had … [Read More...]

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Ways & Means: Planned Parenthood Vids a Salvific Good

Guest Post By Erin Brownback Last Thursday, after a lengthy Twitter conversation with an ardent supporter of abortion, I posted this tweet.Since then, it has been redistributed in a variety of contexts, and most recently has been used to make the case that to lie to expose the truth of … [Read More...]

Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

For the Reality of the Personal Vocation, Let us Pray!

We are all created for and called to a specific role; consider your calling by Russell Shaw In the prayer of the faithful said at Mass in my parish day after day we regularly ask God for “an increase of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.” Sometimes “lay ministry” gets added to the li … [Read More...]

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Strange Gods at the Seminary!

If you are on Long Island on September 13, consider swinging by the beautiful Seminary of the Immaculate Conception -- which gave us Father Michael Duffy -- and saying "hi!" I will be there discussing Strange Gods, Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life (now with study guide!) and sharing some ideas, … [Read More...]

Adoration on Retreat

Adoration Changed Everything For Me

I like this piece by Mary DeTurris Poust, on the effect of Adoration on parishes and individuals:Despite the mystery — or maybe precisely because of it — adoration is growing in popularity and practice among American Catholics. Perhaps that’s because daily life, for so many, has become chaotic th … [Read More...]

Image: Passionist Nuns of Saint Joseph Monastery/used with permission

Nun News Late Summer Vocation Round-up – UPDATE

UPDATE: As we wait to discover the name of St. Joseph Monastery's newest Novice, (Sister Frances Marie of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus) here is a report from the Diocese of Fort Wayne, Indiana, where they witnessed the ancient rite of the Consecration of a Virgin.I usually do my big annual … [Read More...]

Assumption of Mary/Federico Zuccaro,circa 1540–1541/Public Domain

How Does Science Back Up a Theological Dogma? Like This:

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I will keep this very brief, with the help of my column this month, at The Catholic Answer:For most of my life, the assumption of Mary existed as little more, for me, than a head-scratcher of a dogma.I understood that Elijah and Enoch had been assumed … [Read More...]