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Christian unity demands encounter – not theory, says Pope


SF Archbishop Cordileone on Nancy Pelosi: No Catholic can dissent from Church teaching on abortion...


Facing opposition from GOP congresswomen, House scraps bill banning late-term abortions...
Rebecca Hamilton
The United States House of Representatives’ leadership has made the decision to scrap a bill that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. They went for a bill banning the use of government monies to pay for abortions, instead. The reason? Evidently, a number of GOP congresswomen objected to the bill based on the fact that it did not allow sufficient exception for rape victims...


How to win the first battle of every day...
Philip Kosloski
When a person thinks about mortification, fasting or penance, the imagination typically pictures us wearing some sort of penitential hairshirt and eating only bread and water for 40 days. However, for some of us the “heroic minute” seems much more daunting! It is the first “skirmish” of the day and is the first time we can combat the desires of the flesh...


Since God is the one doing the converting, few of us get the conversion we think we want...


Here are 6 of the best biographies of our Lord and Savior...
Fr. C. John McCloskey
Every Catholic should spend a minimum of fifteen minutes a day engaged in spiritual reading. Normally, this should include some reading of the New Testament to identify ourselves with the words and actions of our Savior and better conform our lives to His, perhaps followed by a passage from some classic book on a spiritual theme recommended by your spiritual advisor...


Co-creation with Christ is an essential part of your mission and nature...
Mark Shea
God creates from nothing, we create using the stuff God supplies us. As creatures in his image and likeness, it is our right and proper office to be "sub-creators" as J.R.R. Tolkien called us. Therefore, teaching our children how to cooperate with God in the work of creation is a perfectly fitting job for us as Catholic parents...


What is it about monks and beer? The two just go together...
R. Jared Staudt
There are two new Trappist abbeys brewing in Europe. The first is Engelszell from Austria with four styles: Benno (dubbel), Gregorius (strong dark ale), Jubiläumsbier (Belgian pale ale), and Nivard (Belgian dark ale). The second new European Trappist beer is Zundert the second Dutch Trappist beer, brewed by the Abbey Maria Toevlucht...


If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall thy hand lead me...
Msgr. Charles Pope
As a followup to yesterday’s reference to Jonah the Prophet, I would like to sketch a fuller portrait of his life. Yesterday’s reading dropped us into the middle of the story. Let’s look at the backstory and see how the Lord does not give up on Jonah, nor on the people whom He has sent Jonah to deliver. God keeps calling until we are ready...


I keep so busy workin’ for the Kingdom, I ain’t got time to die...


Pope's Sunday Angelus: "The devil always divides us, but Jesus thirsts for our unity"...


Video: Hippos can be ornery. They can also swim very, very fast...


Padre Serra’s canonization will be a beautiful day in the life of the United States...
Archbishop José Gomez
America's next saint will be the man who evangelized California and is associated with the beginnings of Los Angeles. Pope Francis announced last week that he intends to canonize Blessed Junípero Serra, OFM, when he comes to the United States next September. This is great news and I am grateful to our Holy Father for this gift to California and the Americas...


Weapons for battling Lucifer in Lent...


Matthew 25 in a nutshell: First you love the King by serving His brothers, then you get a crown...


Truth, beauty, goodness and all that jazz: Peter Kreeft as you've never heard him before...


Worldliness 'stuns more than grappa on a fast,' Pope tells new cardinals...


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Young and Catholic: It’s not an oxymoron...


In the battle against temptation, fleeing is not cowardly. It is courageous...
Dawn Eden
My friend Father Augustine Wetta, O.S.B., a Texan surfer turned Benedictine monk, says that the day he entered Saint Louis Abbey as a postulant, he swore to himself that he would never again have a lustful thought. That resolution, he adds, lasted “about an hour and a half.” So he decided to delay his resolution for one year...


How to handle the death of a family pet...


Grandson of Vince Lombardi speaks of NFL championships and the Catholic faith...


'The Thrill of the Chaste' shows that it's possible to live a devout life, even in a world fraught with danger...


Intellectual dishonesty and the "Seamless Garment" argument...
Jimmy Akin
"The image of the 'seamless garment' has been used by some theologians and Catholic politicians, in an intellectually dishonest manner." That’s a sentiment that many Catholics, particularly in the pro-life movement, have expressed. What’s significant about this expression of the sentiment is the person who uttered it: the pope’s own doctrinal watchdog...


This shocking video shows how desperately our Eucharistic Lord needs more courageous defenders...


What if Pope Francis' enemies are the same as Pope Benedict's?
Andrea Gagliarducci
One can govern without worrying what his enemies are doing. And one can govern by trying to use his enemies, or at least by putting them in a situation where they can't do any damage. Pope Francis' strategy seems to be the latter. This is the dominant picture that emerges from the series of appointments and choices he has made during the almost two-year period of his pontificate...


Apocalyptic beliefs about the end times may explain why Francis is a pope in a hurry...
John Allen
It appears Pope Francis' most recent airborne news conference, held coming back from Manila on Monday, was another sensation. It generated a couple of instant classic sound-bites, including why Catholics don't have to " breed like rabbits " and his wish to kick a couple of corrupt bureaucrats "where the sun doesn't shine...


A people that will not believe in God must live under the Tyranny of the Now...


The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant as told by kids and acted out by adults...
Tony Rossi
First Baptist Church of Marble Falls, Texas, started a video series in which they record five kids retelling Bible stories as they remember them. Then they have adults act out the kids’ version. Here is the first in the series featuring the parable of the unmerciful servant from Matthew 18:21-34. Note: it’s probably a little funnier than you remember it...


Did you know that Edgar Allen Poe once penned a hymn to Our Lady?
Kathy Schiffer
Poe, the tortured poet of the American Romantic Movement, is best known for his stories of mystery and the macabre–stories like “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and famous narrative poems like “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee.” His onomatopoeic poem “The Bells...


The Prime Minister of China who became a Benedictine abbot...


Octopus squeezes its way to freedom through impossibly small opening...


Is the Angel of the Lord the Pre-Incarnate Christ?
Taylor Marshall
The Church Fathers held an unwavering belief that the Second Person of the Trinity appeared frequently in the Old Testament in a variety of forms: the Angel of the Lord, the Burning Bush, the Son of Man, and the one like a Son of God in Daniel. Today we'll look at a debate regarding the Angel of the Lord...


Pope Francis says: GO TO CONFESSION!...


St. Paul and the Liar’s Paradox...


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