Your Attention, Please

In an ongoing quest to become more efficient and effective at life, I am reading a book entitled The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin. Levitin’s approach to the subjects of organizing ties it to the neurological structures of the human brain. He...

A New Look, A Trusted Voice

I’m excited about the new logo and new tag line for the Servant line.  Ever since the late 1960’s, Servant has been publishing books and other products that celebrate the best of Catholic life. Stemming from its early roots in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Servant has always looked to bring all the...

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...

Stormy Blasts

I love thunderstorms. Last night we had a huge one here in Michigan. The sky turned black around 5:00 and we were pelted with rain. The thunder was so close and so loud that my house was shaking and things were rattling. It was the kind of storm that made me so glad to be safe and dry in my home where I...

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