Our Mother and a Bishop

Yesterday,  we celebrated the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Listening to the local Catholic radio station, the Mother of God was one of the leading topics of conversation throughout the various programs.  Another topic which has been gaining more and more attention in the past couple weeks is on...

Praise God! But, Why?

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. “Alleluia.” At every Mass, just before the Gospel, we say this...

Called to Joy

Joy, like love, is often a decision, an act of the will, rather than a spontaneous emotion. St. Francis knew this when he told his companion, Brother Leo, that perfect joy would be not reacting to violent rejection by the gatekeeper at his own friary. Pope Francis knew this when he wrote his apostolic...

Skirting Heresy

“Mysticism begins in mist and ends in schism.” That’s a pastoral adage calling for a degree of critical caution in dealing with people claiming to have personal revelations directly from God. Skirting Heresy: The Life and Times of Margery Kempe by Elizabeth MacDonald is a brilliant retelling of the...

Treasuring the Mass

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. One of the best things my family has taught me is the importance of going to...

Saint of the Day: St. Ignatius of Loyola

For more Saint of the Day, click here. The founder of the Jesuits was on his way to military fame and fortune when a cannon ball shattered his leg. Because there were no books of romance on hand during his convalescence, Ignatius whiled away the time reading a life of Christ and lives of the saints. His...

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