St. Mary Magdalene: Disciple of Jesus

Today we welcome guest blogger Friar Jim Van Vurst! Thanks to the Gospels, we know who Jesus’ disciples were. First and foremost there was Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Vatican II expressly referred to her as the “perfect disciple of Jesus.” Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of my Father is my...

It Plays in Peoria!

In grade school, I thought “Venerable” was a name—the Venerable Bede’s name, to be precise. As it happens, “venerable” is the first step on the path to canonization. (Bede was apparently venerable long enough for the term to stick; he’s a saint now.) One of our latest...

When It’s Time to Surrender

Twelve years ago I had my very first surgery to repair a hernia. Thinking I can handle just about anything, I was positive that I would just spring right back into action. But that didn’t happen. About a week following my surgery a friend of mine called me to check up on me. As I started telling him how...

Ode to Expression

In a world and a nation split on many issues, especially evident in an election year, it’s hard to find places where people come together from different creeds in a spirit of oneness. Little did I know that I would find it for several days during an international celebration of music. My wife and I were at...

Catholic 2.0

I’m sitting in what was formerly the terminal of the central train station in Indianapolis, Union Station. I’m at the annual Catholic Media Convention, a get-together for those involved in Catholic communications efforts of every stripe. I’ve been coming to these conventions for many years for St....

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