Reflections on the Joyful Mysteries

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are prayed every Monday and Saturday, the Sundays of Advent, and Sundays from Epiphany until Lent. During this Advent season, I hope that these reflections on the Joyful Mysteries will aide in your reflection of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. The Five Joyful...

When Prayer Becomes God’s Joke

I purposely don’t have a clock in the room where I pray. When I did, I kept looking at it, convinced it had stopped. “This has to be over soon,” was the none-too-pious thought that passed through my restless brain all the time. Now I set my iPhone’s time to go off when the time is over, and I rarely...

The Life of a College Catholic

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. It’s not easy to be Catholic nowadays, especially not at a public...

Walking Behind the King

Peek behind its all too triumphant regal imagery and look beyond the awkward political reasons for its creation, and the Feast of Christ the King invites us—compels us, really—to consider a tough question: Who or what has real authority in our lives? Cast the same question in the language of discipleship...

The Sunday Morning Facebook Fracas

Ah, Sunday morning. A time to relax, start slowly, worship, spend time with family … and engage in a minor religious battle on Facebook. That’s how last Sunday began for me, however unintentionally. A friend of mine posted a photo of a church sign she found interesting. And from the depths of...

Gratitude and Discipleship

I confess—I sometimes have a problem with discouragement. I see circumstances lined up against me and I throw up my hands. I can’t imagine a good outcome. As far as my mind can understand, I see no reason for hope. Worse still, even when I choose to hope and to stand firm in faith, I often fall flat on...

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