When I was in high school, our choir performed a joint concert with a local community choir of two musically contrasting settings of the Gloria: the somewhat darker and gothic arrangement of Francis Poulenc (which is also beautiful and haunting and worth a listen in its own right), and the majestic, fanfarish arrangement (including brass ensemble accompaniment) of John Rutter. The contrast sparked my imagination, as I pictured the two Glorias as a sort of soundtrack to, respectively, the crucifixion… Read more

This week on ‘Thinking Faith!’, Eric and Brett continue their discussion of Natural Family Planning looking more closely at what NFP actually involves, the kinds of healthy conversations that it encourages couples to have in their relationship and we’ll look at the potential NFP has for providing a surprising avenue of spiritual growth for couples and individuals. Due to the program content, you may not want to share this with your kids so find a quiet place or put your… Read more

This week Eric and Brett begin a two-part series on Natural Family Planning. It’s a topic that can result in interesting and animated conversations with family and friends and in parish groups. In the next two episodes, we’ll make some distinctions and clarifications around what NFP is and isn’t as well as our general attitudes towards family, relationships, and sexuality. Due to the program content, you may not want to share this with your kids so find a quiet place… Read more

As the Polish experience reminds us, the defense of the West ultimately rests not only on means but also on the will of its people to prevail and be successful and get what you have to have. The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we… Read more

Vox Nova is pleased to present the following guest post by Rhonda Miska, a candidate with the Dominican Sisters in Sinsinawa, WI. This piece was originally published on Daily Theology. Celebrations of today’s 241st anniversary the Declaration of Independence’s signing and the recent controversy around the removal of Confederate monuments invite theological reflection on the public remembering of history. Human beings create memorials:  external structures to celebrate and commemorate, mark collective grief, teach future generations and transmit values. We change… Read more

This week Eric and Brett welcome Joan Myers from the Archdiocese of Regina’s Marriage Tribunal office to discuss the marriage annulment process. We’ll examine some of the most common misconceptions about annulments, and look at some of the nitty-gritty details about the process itself.  We’ll also be looking at the kinds of things couples can do even before the wedding day itself, to lay a solid foundation on which to build a lasting marriage. What to do before you say… Read more

Is the Trinity really an unfathomable mystery? Did we exhaust all our material last week? Does any of this have any real application to our daily lives? And what the heck is a Filioque…and if you’ve got one, is there a cure? These questions and more get answered in part two of our series on the Trinity – wherein we also quite intentionally ignore the fact that we’ve done only two episodes on…the Trinity. Also this week – your last… Read more

Since the rise of The Donald, journalists and analysts have been racing to keep up with the tumult in his wake – from the already breathless hype of the 24-hour news cycle, which may perversely see him as something of a boon, to the somber head-scratching of some of the more thoughtful commentators.  Without wanting to add to the noise, there is one thing my mind keeps coming back to, one glaring thing that much of the dissection of words… Read more

Lord, what is man that you are mindful of him? Or the son of man that you should care for him? For you have made him little less than the angels, setting him over the wonders of Your creation, to tend and to care for them, to study them and to learn Your ways. Lord, make me a worthy steward of Your creation, guide me in the paths of Your righteousness, and make me an overflowing vessel of your love…. Read more

As much as we may want to think that we can control our lives and destinies, The Handmaid’s Tale serves as a bitter reminder. Read more

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