• Unmasking Popular Spiritualities: What Teresa of Avila Can Teach Us Today

    The teachings of Teresa of Avila are a vital source of wisdom for many who seek a deeper life of prayer. EWTN’s Daniel Burke, founder of the Avila Institute, often provides testimony how the teachings of this Doctor of the Church guided him through the shallows of Quietism and into the... Read more
  • Polish bishops open beatification process for parents of St John Paul II

    The Polish bishops’ conference has agreed to begin the canonization process for the parents of Saint John Paul II. The Polish episcopate made the announcement Oct. 10, setting in motion the first steps for the beatification of John Paul II’s father, Karol Wojtyla, and mother, Emilia nee... Read more
  • Praying the Rosary With Mary as a Family

    Families share how teaching the Rosary to youngsters successfully leads also to families praying together. “The Holy Rosary, by age-old tradition, has shown itself particularly effective as a prayer which brings the family together,” Pope St. John Paul II wrote in his 2002 apostolic letter... Read more
  • Strong Words from St. Augustine to those Who Would Be Shepherds

    St. Augustine, reflecting on a text from Ezekiel, has some strong words for those who would be shepherds, be they bishops, priests, or deacons. Let’s examine two important observations he made during a longer sermon delivered to the priests and people of Hippo. He begins with a lament over... Read more
  • St. Vincent de Paul: Priest & Reformer

    The Church celebrates the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul on September 27th. St. Vincent is well known for his charitable works and service to the poor, but he was also a reformer of the priesthood and seminaries throughout France. Many of his reforms helped pave the way for the seminary system of... Read more
  • Newman, Defender of the Faith

    “In your opinion, what is the best book of Catholic apologetics?” Although that question, put to me unexpectedly several years ago by someone I was chatting with, took me by surprise, I didn’t have to spend much time searching for the answer. “Cardinal Newman’s Essay on the... Read more
  • Spiritual Warfare Lessons from St. Padre Pio

    Profusions of written and oral accounts exist about the signs and wonders in the life of St. Padre Pio. Three times I visited San Giovanni Rotundo in Foggia, Italy to venerate the tomb of the Italian mystic. These unforgettable visitations made a lasting impact on my spiritual life. On my first... Read more
  • Newly released letters show Newman’s role as pastor and evangelist

    Thousands of documents relating to England’s 19th-century convert-cardinal, Blessed John Henry Newman, are being released ahead of his October 13 canonization, highlighting his role as a pastor and evangelist, said Church experts. Although 32 annotated volumes of the cardinal’s letters... Read more
  • Resist, Resist, Resist

    Resist the urge to go along with the pack. You were made to be a saint, not a wolf. Resist the temptation to hit the “easy” button with raising your kids. A lax environment now will bring regret later. Resist the desire to be accepted and liked. Instead, work on integrity and character... Read more
  • Mother Teresa: The Light Shines in the Darkness

    St. Teresa of Calcutta once met an old man living in what she called “a most terrible condition.” One of the many ways she and her Missionaries of Charity sisters took care of their beloved poor people was to go into their homes, where the sisters would clean their houses, wash their clothes,... Read more