The Challenge of Grace

I have been obsessed lately by the statement in Georges Bernanos’ book The Diary of a Country Priest, also found in a biography about Flannery O’Connor:  “Everything is grace.” It’s a challenge to see grace everywhere, especially in difficult times. Yet grace is everywhere,...

The Pursuit of Perfection

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. Well, here we are: Holy Week!  Our 40-day Lenten journey is nearly at an end....

Cool to Be Catholic

There’s a Catholic in the White House again! Well, not exactly. But in today’s media drenched culture, the news that Stephen Colbert, who is open about his Catholicism, will succeed David Letterman as host of the CBS late night show next year is a close equivalent to John F. Kennedy’s...

Embraced by the Crucified One

When we try to pray, God often beats us to the punch and prays in us, offering us gifts of quiet assurance, challenge, and consolations that appear to come out of nowhere. God recently gifted me with an image of saving grace that was born of God’s good Spirit touching my imagination and creating in my...

The Last of the Forty Days

I can’t believe Lent is coming to an end. In the Catholic publishing world, the season of Lent seems even longer than 40 days, as we are promoting Lenten books and resources to parishes and Catholics long before Lent actually begins. As Holy Week approaches, I’ve been thinking about how to make the most...

A Lenten Lesson from Traffic Court

On a cold, winter Saturday morning I drove around a curve and was hit smack in the eyes by the very bright sunrise.  I struggled to adjust to the light and saw that the upcoming light was green so I thought I was good to go.  What I failed to notice in the blinding sun was the car stopped at the green...

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