• Acclaimed Atheist Poet Becomes Catholic: ‘My Tears Just Stopped’

      “If you’re there, you have to help me.” Those are the words that poet Sally Read said to an icon of Jesus in 2010. Read, a British poet and atheist, had stopped into a church in Santa Marinella, Italy. She felt burdened. Her young daughter was having health issues. Her husband... Read more
  • Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life is filled with deep and challenging treasures

    Based on real events, A Hidden Life is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter (August Dieh), who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer, a devout Catholic, is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his... Read more
  • Three Saints for Advent

    The feast of St. Barbara on December 4 may seem to have no apparent connection with Advent other than the date; but it does connect, as you will see. She is especially important to our chil­dren, and they consider it “de rigueur” to salute her on her feast day since she is the patroness of... Read more
  • A Recipe for Readiness – A Homily for the First Sunday of Advent

      The first weeks of Advent focus more on the Lord’s second coming in glory than on His first coming at Bethlehem. The Gospel clearly states that we must always be prepared, for at an hour we do not expect, the Son of Man will come. “Ready” is the key word. But how should we... Read more
  • Pope’s letter on nativity scenes shares the story behind a beloved Christmas tradition

    Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter on December 1 on the meaning and importance of nativity scenes, calling for this “wonderful sign” to be more widely displayed in family homes and public places throughout the world. “The enchanting image of the Christmas crèche, so dear to the... Read more
  • The Spirit versus the letter: Responding to a false view of doctrinal development

    Sergio Centofanti’s recent essay for Vatican News claims that the Church teaches, “It is necessary to follow the Spirit, rather than the strict letter.” This opposition could not be further from the truth. he recent Vatican News article by Sergio Centofanti titled “Development of... Read more
  • What light does a 13th Century theologian throw on a ‘humane economy’?

    There is no one better than the author herself to explain the purpose of this book: “The key question at the heart of this project would be how to balance pragmatic realism about the fact that humans are most often driven by incentives with the need to address humans directly as rational... Read more
  • Dead Theologians Society: The ‘memento mori’ youth group

    Denver, Colo., Oct 28, 2019 / 03:12 pm (CNA).- When Eddie Cotter Jr. was a youth minister in the diocese of Orlando, Florida, he had his students watch the 1989 film “Dead Poets Society.” The movie stars the late and widely beloved Robin Williams, who plays an eccentric and unorthodox... Read more
  • Pray for a Miracle — An Initial Reaction to the Close of the Synod

    I, like many of you, feel overwhelmed by the events of the past month in Rome. Many an evening, late into the night, I have come before the Lord in the rectory chapel in lament for the confusion and chaos in the Church, the Lord’s beautiful bride and our mother. Oftentimes too in the fourth... Read more
  • Bill Barr’s speech and the problem with generic religion

    On October 11, Attorney General William Barr delivered a powerful speech on religious freedom at the University of Notre Dame. The Attorney General detailed the many ways in which the State has taken sides with various anti-religious pressure groups not only to curtail religious freedom, but to... Read more