Yours Is The Church

“What has the Church ever done for humanity?” This intriguing question opens a new book by Mike Aquilina, Yours is the Church: How Catholicism Shapes Our World. If you listen to the news much this question might not seem that odd to you. Coverage of the Church often makes it seem a bit out of touch with...

Tanning: My Story of Regret

I look like have shrapnel wounds all over my body. And no, I haven’t served a tour in Iraq or Afghanistan. I was an avid tanner for many years. And I’m only 30. Growing up in the sunny South, I have always loved tanning outdoors—laying out at the pool, beach, or even my backyard and slathering myself...

St. Francis: An Inspiring Life

The following article, written by Diane Houdek, appears in the October issue of Liberty + Vine. If you’ve only heard of one saint, chances are it is St. Francis of Assisi. His international popularity hasn’t waned in 800 years. In fact, if Francis were a man born ahead of his time, in many ways his time...

Saint of the Day: Maria Bertilla Boscardin

If anyone knew rejection, ridicule, and disappointment, it was today’s saint. But such trials only brought Maria Bertilla Boscardin closer to God and more determined to serve him. Born in Italy in 1888, the young girl lived in fear of her father, a violent man prone to jealousy and drunkenness. Her...

The Blues of Autumn

I’m a school nerd. As a kid I looked forward to the beginning of the school year—labeling those multicolored folders, decorating my desk or locker, and (rapture!) cracking open those glorious textbooks. I was that troublemaker who was always asking for extra credit work, who did the even-numbered...

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