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“We should be aware of their invisible presence”: Feast of the archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael


The story of one soul's escape from Satanism to Catholicism...


Report from Erbil, Iraq: Christian refugees’ faith endures amid a sea of troubles...


St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for me...
Kathy Schiffer
These archangels, all of whom play cameo roles in the Scriptures, have been venerated since the early days of the Church–but it’s Raphael I want to talk about today. Last week, I underwent my first cataract surgery; the second is scheduled for next week. Life with 20/15 vision (and no glasses!) has been awesome so far–but more on that in another post...


How the smallpox-scarred George Washington used vaccines to help win the Revolutionary War...


Debunking the myth of the ‘real’ Robinson Crusoe...


How to answer the “Jesus got them to share the loaves and fishes” malarkey...
John Martignoni
If the “miracle” was that Jesus got everyone to “share” their hidden food that they had been hoarding, then why would they want to make him king because of that? I can just imagine one of the people present yelling, “Hey, he got us to share our food, let’s make him king!” And then all the other people start shouting...


One of the greatest magicians of the 20th century was a Marianist brother...
Angelo Stagnaro
Of all the performing arts, very few people actively dislike stage magic. It's the principle reason I remain gainfully employed. That, and my incredible humility. You'll regularly find people who are bored with opera and flummoxed by modern dance, but what kind of misanthrope doesn't like a good card trick? Who doesn't want to see a bunny pulled out of a hat...


“God made Orion and the Pleiades”: The marveling of Job as he looked to the night sky...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Due to the light pollution common in our cities today, we urbanites really don’t have any idea what we’re missing when it comes to the night sky. Up until about a hundred years ago, the night sky was illuminated by billions of points of light; it’s a breathtaking display many moderns have never experienced. My first and only real glimpse of the magnificent Milky Way was nearly twenty years ago...


4 guidelines for voting, drawn from the wisdom of the Church...
Bishop James Conley
This November, American Catholics have the opportunity to shape the direction of our nation, our states, and our local communities in the voting booth. Good citizenship is a moral obligation for all Catholics, and voting is an important part of that obligation. In the United States, the responsibility for our government’s direction lies with us...


Is the Crucifix is a symbol of hatred?


This Ohio mystic mentored Mother Angelica. Was she a saint?


Vote as a Catholic with a Catholic moral vision...


All hail the pizza saver, the tiny piece of plastic protecting your pie...


Are Rom Coms porn for women?
Simcha Fisher
It’s a good question, one that turns up every eighteen months or so. Here’s the latest iteration, from Relevant Magazine: Rom-Coms are perverting the way we think about love. The author, Melissa Collier Gepford, makes it clear that she thinks the habit of watching silly, trivial romantic comedies is not as bad as the habit of watching porn...


An analysis of Monday night's Trump-Clinton presidential debate...
Matthew Bunson
A record-setting number of viewers tuned in Monday to watch the first presidential debate (the first of three) and saw two candidates come to grips not just with each other but with the perceptions that have formed about them in the public eye. What they also saw was a debate that was thin on civility and marked by a nasty tone that was enough to make any viewer uncomfortable about how unpleasant the next debates might become...


4 things every candidate for Confirmation needs to hear...


Poland poised to approve new law banning all abortions and protecting unborn children...

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If our children ask for a loving home, do we give them mammon instead?
Rebecca Hamilton
What with the conference on the Theology of the Body Congress, the big march in defense of marriage in Mexico, and Family Day in Rome, I think it’s safe to say that the Year of Mercy includes an emphasis on healing the family. We have, as individuals and as a people, participated in the destruction of the family, and by doing that...


Reykjavik briefly swaps its city lights for the Northern Lights...


“An iron fist in a velvet glove”: A look at Azerbaijan ahead of the Pope’s visit...
Sandro Magister
In departing for Georgia and Azerbaijan, Pope Francis is preparing to visit, in the latter country, a tiny Catholic population of a few hundred persons, a nonentity compared to an overwhelming Muslim presence, most of it Shiite. But to judge by the program of the visit, packed with meetings with non-Christian civil and religious authorities...


Angels are invisible to humans not because they're less real, but more real...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Today’s feast day reminds me of that section in C.S. Lewis’ science fiction books where his hero Ransom discusses the reality of the angel-like beings the Eldils. It’s a cool argument. He suggests that the Eldils (angels) are invisible to humans not because they are less real, but more real. What does that mean? To understand we have to look again at the way we normally perceive the world...


WSJ writer Sohrab Ahmari’s winding journey from Tehran to the Catholic Church...


St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle...
Philip Kosloski
The Church affirms that Satan was once a good angel and that he (and many other angels) freely chose to reject God. Their choice was final and definite. Satan has no chance of repentance. This is because angels were given an extraordinary intellect, not clouded in any way. So Lucifer knew exactly what he was doing when he chose to rebel against God and he knew all the implications of it...


Why are José Fernández's friends hitting HRs like never before? Maybe God loves baseball...
Matthew Sewell
Even the casual baseball fan has felt the deep sadness surrounding the recent death of Jose Fernandez, a 24-year-old superstar pitcher for the Miami Marlins. Universally recognized for a broad grin, charismatic personality, and devotion to those around him, Fernandez seemed to have exuded zeal, humility, and hopefulness almost constantly...


A man's guide to wristwatches: Their history and why you should wear one...


Why be religious? Isn't being spiritual enough?
Jimmy Akin
When people say they are spiritual rather than religious, they frequently mean that, although they don’t practice a specific religion, they recognize there is more to the world than matter; that it has a spiritual dimension. This is good! But it doesn’t go very far. Wouldn’t it be nice to know more about the world’s spiritual dimension...


Internet search engines block ads for sex-selection abortions in India...


How to avoid poisoning your soul on social media...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Not long ago Time magazine ran a cover story about Internet trolling with the alarming but not inaccurate cover blurb “We’re losing the Internet to the culture of hate.” Trolling and other antisocial behaviors are widespread online. They can even be found in devout Catholic circles, though outright trollery and the “culture of hate” are perhaps more easily recognized and avoided than a more subtle but related phenomenon: what might be called a culture of wrath...


Aspen, Colorado conference to equip parents to pass faith to their children...


This new film on James Foley isn't without controversy ...


7 ways to keep your kids close to Jesus Christ...


How to talk to your friends about the problem of evil...


“Cockroaches can survive a nuclear blast” and other urban legends...


“Evil is a reality”: Two U.S. priests explain increase in diabolical activity, requests for exorcism...


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