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Only Spirit Inspired Evangelization Is Effective

Trained to evangelize, with social media at their fingertips, modern Catholics might be surprised to discover that the most effective missionaries …

Spirituality

During Christmas, Find Christ's Joy In Your Deepest Wounds

Melanie Jean Juneau • December 23, AD2016 • 0 Comments<p>“In my deepest wound, I saw your glory and it dazzled me.”- Saint Augustine.<p>Most people assume …

Christianity

Is Your Doctor Pro-Life? It Matters to the Unborn

In her office, successful professional women waited for gynecological care and women in their late thirties or early forties were pregnant with their …

Waiting To Give Birth With Mary

One day in December, our new priest led an Advent reflection in the school gym and asked the students, “Who is waiting for the birth of a new brother …

Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend

The Power of Images To Change LivesMarie Constantin, the photographer and author of <i>Finding Calcutta: Memoirs of a Photographer,</i> understands<i></i> images …

Mother Teresa

Are You Saved ?

Melanie Jean Juneau • November 1, AD2016 • 0 Comments<p>Forty years ago, when I was still a Protestant, I looked at Catholics with suspicion. …

Struggling To Hear God In the Silence? Try Colouring

I recently spoke on the phone with Tara. M. Owens, CSD, MTS, the author of<i> At Play In God’s Creation- an illuminating coloring book</i><b>.</b> This book is not …

Spirituality

Come, Bless God’s Creatures Great and Small

When God’s creatures are blessed and surrounded by the love of God, they absorb and reflect His love back in seemingly miraculous ways. My husband …

Wildlife

Bill Donaghy & TOB: Step Away from the Insanity Into Reality

After interviewing Bill Donaghy from The Theology of the Body Institute about their upcoming Congress this September, I was filled with hope and joy …

Theology

Patron Saint of Missing Socks, Pray For Us

As a mother of a large family, struggling to wash, dry, and fold three or four loads of laundry every day, I secretly wondered if there was an …

Fashion

Holy, Undignified Joy

A Christian is one who is invited… to join in the feast, to the joy of being saved, to the joy of being redeemed, to the joy of sharing life with …

Religion

Me, Myself, and, I

If we are brutally honest, most Catholics must concede we view the world as if we stood at the centre of the universe with everyone and everything …

Christianity

Why Even Faithful Catholics Suffer From Mental Illness

Although most respectable members of our parishes try to <i>look</i> healthy and content in public, mental illness is as common and invisible among the …

Religion

From Vatican, Pope Francis calls for a European rebirth

Pope Francis, the recipient of this year's Charlemagne Prize, wants a humane Europe. He received a great deal of approval at a Vatican ceremony. Bernd Riegert reports.<p>In the past, one had to kiss the feet of the pope. One can see it on the enormous wall paintings in the sumptuous, gilt and stuccoed …

Europe

Reclaiming My Faith

Two-and-a-half years ago, I was prepared to walk away from the Catholic Church, along with my family. The reasons are personal, yet quite universal. …

Faith

Stand Inside the Fire

Pope Francis rattles many conservatives with his inclusive attitude towards other religions. On May 18, 2013, the pope reiterated this theme, “Every …

Christianity

Left-Secularism Is Taking Over the West

In a recent column Dennis Prager made an acute observation.<p>“The vast majority of leading conservative writers … have a secular outlook on life. … …

The Light Weight of Doctrinal Declarations

Have you ever seen this t-shirt logo: “The Church/Bible teaches it. I believe it. That settles it”? It is a rather pithy and provocative turn of …

Christianity

How Theology of the Body Impacted My Life

Although I have not really studied <i>Theology of the Body</i> written by Pope John Paul II in 1984, one single paragraph, quoted in our Catholic paper …

Theology

Bishop Julian Porteous: the virtue of discrimination

By Bishop Julian Porteous<br>Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney<br>As Federal and State governments draft anti-discrimination legislation, it’s essential they …

Religion

What Did the Pope Really Say? (The Amoris Laetitia Edition)

On Friday, as I’m sure most of you know, the Vatican Press released Pope Francis’ post-synodal exhortation <i>Amoris Laetitia</i> (The Joy of Love). …

Catholic Writers- Stand Up for the Truth in Love

Let us witness in love, without sinning against those who have yet to experience the joy of the Eucharist or a deep relationship with their Heavenly …

The Gift of Living the Divine Will

Below is an intro to the graces of living in the Divine Will by Fr. Iannuzzi… a very holy and learned priest.<p>Comment below to let us know what you …

The Good Shepherd: Catholic homily outline for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C

The Good Shepherd by Ade Bethune<p>Central idea: The Good Shepherd. Doctrine: Priests as good shepherds. Practical application: Docility to our Good …

Jesus

Wrestling With the Restless Heart

One of St. Augustine’s most oft-quoted writings, “…our hearts are restless until they can find rest in you.”, was penned after more than a decade of …

A Star of Hope

I'm now 21 weeks along and the pregnancy is going well! We had our 20-week ultrasound last week and got some great pictures of "Baby Snitch." Best …

Body-Positive Catholicism

I was a nerd, not a jock, a little flabby but not obese, interested in the brain more than the body, catching my breath after a few flights of …

Body Image

Why I’m a Single Issue Voter

The other day a dear friend of mine (who also happens to be a Hillary Clinton supporter) and I were discussing the presidential candidates. She was …

Hillary Clinton