Why I’m Still Catholic

It was an honest question. After listening to me recount all my frustrations with the Catholic Church one night after dinner, my sister-in-law, who is not Catholic, asked me very honestly, “So then why do you stay?” The question stopped me in my tracks. At first I bristled a little at the question,...

Winter Finally Arrived

Here in Cincinnati, Ohio, the weather has turned colder. Winter finally arrived. Until last week it appeared that we might have a very mild winter. We had little snow, only flurries, and a couple days when rain turned to sleet and then a bit of snow. But nothing really serious, until the arrival of cold...

Building Trust, Intimacy, and a Mature Love

Our guest blogger is Edward Sri, author of Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love: Practical Insights from John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility. It is routinely pointed out that about half of all marriages end in divorce. But what is not often discussed is the other half of the equation: the marriages...

Jesus and the Canaanite Woman

Our guest blogger today is Father Jim Van Vurst, OFM, who coauthors the twice-monthly A Friar’s  E-spirations. Many people face a conundrum when reading the scene in Matthew’s Gospel where Jesus meets the Canaanite woman who begs him to release her little girl from demonic possession (15:28ff)....

The True Meaning of Holiness

Today we welcome guest blogger Jim Van Vurst, OFM. Jim coauthors the FREE e-newsletter A Friar’s E-spirations. The word holiness can have a discouraging effect on people. Some immediately dismiss it since they feel that holiness is way beyond their reach. They think of their failures and sins, and...

Feast of the Holy Family

A Word from Pope Francis The message that comes from the Holy Family is first of all a message of faith. In the family life of Mary and Joseph, God is truly at the center, and He is so in the Person of Jesus. This is why the Family of Nazareth is holy. Why? Because it is centered on Jesus. When parents and...

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