The Season of Making Pitches

As we enter March, thoughts for many of us, honed over decades of watching spring come out of a usually grinding winter, turn to baseball. But those of us in the publishing business, especially in Catholic publishing, the coming of spring brings attendance at conventions where we are making our best pitches...

Nazareth: Mary’s ‘Yes’

This month’s feast of the Annunciation will be celebrated very solemnly in Nazareth. On the site of a Judeo-Christian synagogue (third century), a Byzantine basilica (fifth century), and a Crusader church (13th century), the Franciscans built a modest church in 1730. They had acquired the Grotto of the...

The Liturgy of the Hours

I grew up in a household where one of my parents was Catholic and the other Protestant. Though we were raised Catholic, went to Church every Sunday, attended Catholic grade school, we never really talked about it much at home. As I grew older and more interested in exploring my faith I spent a lot of time...

Pope Francis Addresses Pentecostal Pastors – From an iPhone!

My heart leapt for joy last week as this YouTube video of Pope Francis addressing a Pentecostal church pastors conference went viral through the Catholic blogosphere. I am posting it here because I believe it’s one of the most significant addresses Pope Francis has made in recent months. I must admit...

The Great Debate

This month saw a landmark debate between one of my favorite scientists, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and one of my least favorite creationists, Ken Ham the Creation Museum Guy. While I don’t think many converts were won to either side, I admit to enjoying the very idea of such a debate. As someone who...

The Higher Road

Life. It can be very busy, can’t it? So many things command our attention and energy. What is someone to do when they’re all potentially good things, worthy of our effort? I don’t have an easy answer to this. I’d be open to yours if you’d care to share. What I do know is...

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