…are protecting the living daylights out of the Church in China, just as they protected the hell out of Tiananmen Square protesters on this day in 1989.… Read More


He writes: It’s called Ablaze: Setting Hearts on Fire for Christ and it is focused on expanding the conversation in the Church around discipleship and evangelization, and also sharing practical ideas for evangelization–especially at the parish and family level. Here are two examples of what the blog is about: Boom Goes the Dunamis: A reflection… Read More


October is the month of the most Holy Rosary; November, the month to pray for the faithful departed; June we immerse ourselves in the ocean of mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; July we praise and worship the Precious Blood of Jesus, the price of our salvation. May is the month of Mary. Mary… Read More


Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, There’s always laughter and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino! ~ Hilaire Belloc (1870 – 1953) The television was on in the service center waiting area—Katie Couric was introducing her next guest. I was the only one there, and normally I’d just turn… Read More


The following is a guest post by Richard Becker. I heard on the news that the FDA is getting all fired up about regulating e-cigarettes – possibly even banning them outright for youngsters. Why? E-cigs may not have the risks associated with ordinary cigarette smoke, but they’re still a vehicle for delivering nicotine – an… Read More


“Fight or die.” – Dom Lorenzo Scupoli Perhaps one of the greatest temptations in the Catholic life is that of complacency. We go through the motions, attending Mass on Sunday and maybe going to a parish program or two, but the Faith never really penetrates deep into our souls. It remains a superficial reality; just… Read More


The following is a guest post by Michael J. Lichens.  Recently, I’ve been going through what the great Winston Churchill called “black dog days.” These days are defined by an overall low mood, inability to cope with basic things like getting out of bed, or finding enjoyment in my usual passions. Do not fear, reader,… Read More


All you really need to know about St. Isidore the farmer (or “the laborer”) is that in the town of Pulilan in the Philippines, parishioners of San Isidro Labrador make their water buffalos kneel before a statue of the saint. This is a fitting veneration for a saint who was often accompanied by a team of… Read More


“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” – St. Augustine of Hippo The… Read More


Every once in a while, I encounter a movie that exceeds my expectations, and Emilio Estevez’ The Way is just such a movie. Here’s why I liked it. Plot The movie starts off with Thomas Avery, played by Martin Sheen, receiving the devastating news that his son, Daniel (Emilio Estevez), has died. The news is… Read More