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Want to be a good servant? Be generous, Pope Francis tells deacons


Are “little sins” no big deal?
Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble
Venerable Fulton Sheen once said that hearing the confessions of nuns is “like being stoned with popcorn.” I like Fulton Sheen but this quote annoys me. When I came back to the Church after almost a dozen years away, I had some pretty hefty grievous-sin-filled confession. But I have to be honest, I feel that my confessions now...


Saint Joseph in the month of Mary...
Fr. C. John McCloskey
The Holy Father recently gave us a beautiful look at the joy of married and family life, rightly understood and well-lived. Despite the unique circumstances of the Holy Family, we see in the marital vocation of both Mary and Joseph the crucial importance of marriage and of the distinctive roles of women as mothers and men as fathers...


7 quotes from Pope St. John Paul II on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi...
Tom Perna
The teaching of the True Presence is a fundamental teaching of the Catholic Church. This day is a day where being Catholic is just awesome! It’s like Catholic Candy Land! If these three solemnities were horses in a horserace, I would use them in a Trifecta bet, because these three solemnities are like the Supernatural Trifecta...


Remember this heroic priest on Memorial Day...


5 extraordinary Eucharistic miracles that left physical evidence (with pictures)...
Brantly Millegan
Catholics believe that Jesus Christ is really, truly, and substantially present in the Eucharist. There are many stories of miracles throughout Church history that seem to confirm this important teaching. It’s important to note that no Catholic is required to believe any of these stories. Even if they have been investigated and approved by the Church...


The fascinating story behind Wisconsin's St. Joan of Arc Chapel from France...


‘The Exorcist’ director William Friedkin says witnessing actual exorcism was life-changing event...
Patti Armstrong
Exorcisms are not something the Catholic Church flaunts yet the world seems to understand, and certainly Hollywood does, that if the devil shows up, your next best move is to call a priest. Even Protestant Pastors will often call a priest. For instance, in April 2012, Fr. Michael Maginot of St. Stephen Martyr Church in Merrillville...


“Me Before You” is about the suicide of a disabled character, and the slow suicide of the West...
Chelsea Zimmerman
Sometimes movie spoilers are a welcome thing. Several months ago I saw a trailer for the movie Me Before You and got a little excited. A modern romance featuring a disabled main character. It looked so positive and promising. I should have known better. Apparently Me Before You, which hits theaters next weekend, was a novel first and many disability rights activists are speaking out about its less-than-romantic ending...


96-year-old Dr. Heimlich saves choking woman with maneuver he invented...


Transubstantiation for the rest of us...


Don't fight a two-front war with sin...


Facebook can turn us into blind Pharisees...
Jason Craig
At creation God looked at man and said he was good. And He is not done seeing us. His beholding holds us in being. Were it possible for Him to look away from us we would not become nothing, but return to nothing. We came outward, out of nothingness, thanks to the emanating goodness of God. We were created with an orientation away from nothingness to God who is something...


Who gave the year's best commencement address? Justice Antonin Scalia...


The Virgin Mary was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory...


Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was right: The Hiroshima bombing destroyed moral boundaries...


Pray the Rosary. The Blessed Mother has asked this...


“Amoris Laetitia” and Vatican II’s project of inculturation...

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Corpus Christi: Jesus Wants to Feed You!...
Msgr. Charles Pope
On the Feast of Corpus Christi, we do well to mediate on the desire of the Lord to feed His people and the shocking indifference many have to this fact. This indifference is not just on the part of those who do not come to Mass; it is also found among those in the pews, many of whom don’t seem to care that so many people no longer attend...


Michigan Abortionist failed to disclose criminal convictions, now faces sanctions...
Kathy Schiffer
So you wouldn’t expect a guy who makes his living by killing helpless pre-born children to be a good guy, would you? Dr. Thomas Gordon, medical director at the Heritage Clinic in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a case in point: Besides working as an abortionist, Gordon has had a number of run-ins with the law including four criminal convictions...


If you died tomorrow, where would you go?
Matthew Sewell
Life is a funny thing. That we can inhale and exhale, consume food and drink, create things with our hands, think things with our brains, witness beauty with our eyes, take in the scents of our surroundings, or choose to walk left or walk right is a funny reality, is indeed very strange. Of course, it’s entirely normal as we experience it...


7 mysteries of the faith unlocked by the Holy Eucharist...
Joe Heschmeyer
In theological circles, a lot is said about “covenantal theology,” and Christianity is often referred to as “the New Covenant.” Given this, it’s striking that Christ specifically mentions the New Covenant exactly once in the New Testament, and it’s at the Last Supper. As He is consecrating the wine into His Blood, He says...


5 secrets for summertime survival...
Brianna Heldt
Middle-school finals have been taken, elementary field day has been completed, an assortment of report cards has come home, and over-stuffed backpacks filled with cookie crumbs and broken pencils have been abandoned in our ever-cluttered mudroom. Summer is, officially, now in full-swing. Back in our homeschooling days, the annual season of bee-stings and sunburns was not such a big change from the norm...


It's official: Diocese approves apparitions of Our Lady in San Nicolás, Argentina...


‘Me Before You’ reveals that many are secretly biased against disabled people...


The hidden science of elevators...


Getting to know Servant of God Fr. Bill Atkinson...
Brian O'Neel
This past Friday, I covered a story for CatholicPhilly.com about an assembly held for the students at Monsignor Bonner-Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School in Upper Darby, PA. The purpose was to help students better know former Bonner Prendie student and teacher, the newly minted Servant of God Fr. Bill Atkinson, OSA, who was an amazing...


Why don't people like mercy?
David Mills
H.L. Mencken famously defined Puritanism as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” There’s a style of Catholicism that seems haunted by the fear that someone, somewhere, might presume upon Grace. Some Catholics have a problem with mercy. It comes out in the way they react to the preaching of God’s great love and kindness...


“What can I do?” Be a Narnian. That’s what you can do...


Be grateful for life's simple joys: The inspiring story behind the “Chewbacca Mask Lady”...


Concerns over religious freedom help sink LGBT bills...


“Outcasts”: New film on Franciscan Friars of the Renewal looks breathtaking...


Four devastating tornadoes hit Moore, Oklahoma, in 16 years. Was it geography or just bad luck?


10 more great movies about Catholic priests...


The Catholic background of England's June 23 referendum on the European Union...


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