Knock knock! Who's there? A Catholic.

06/25/2015 Comments (22)

Between my adequate-ish knowledge of scripture and our 175-pound mastiff, I think we've seen the last of this particular Jehovah's Witness. 

The woman who came to our door this morning had been here before (back when the dog was smaller and less ... avid), but I think she's finally chalked us up as a lost cause. She said that she had been raised Catholic -- that her own mother is a Eucharistic Minister in my parish. I hate to think what her catechesis was like! She was under the impression that Catholics don't read the Bible or think about what it means. I was able to persuade her otherwise, just by quoting a few lines of the Gospel that I've heard a thousand times at Mass; so at least...READ MORE

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Will Catholic Colleges Learn From Marian Court’s Closing?

06/25/2015 Comments (8)
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“We hide the word ‘Catholic’ from prospective students.”  So said a staff member at Jesuit Regis University in a widely-read Atlantic article last year.  Sadly, such an approach to marketing is no anomaly among Catholic colleges and universities, many of which are filling seats with students whose focus is on practical concerns and secular interests but not Catholic formation.  

Small Catholic institutions, however, do the greatest harm to themselves by downplaying what makes them unique.  They lack the resources of universities with top-notch facilities and dozens of majors to choose from.  Without hearing a strong case for Catholic education, many high schoolers are left wondering why...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Rules that Obamacare Subsidies Are Lawful Across the Nation

06/25/2015 Comments (12)

Today, an estimated 6.4 million people learned that their health insurance would not be disrupted, after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down another landmark victory for President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

In a 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court ruled that the use of federal subsidies in state exchanges across the nation is lawful. The opinion is here.

The practical effect of the June 25 ruling is that an estimated 6.4 million people who now receive health insurance subsidized by the federal government will not have their coverage threatened. The ruling also means that supporters of the Affordable Care Act can breathe a sigh of relief, as...READ MORE

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A Missed Miracle

06/25/2015 Comments (18)

I knew a young woman in college. When I saw her around campus she was always smiling and funny. She tended to stay on the outskirts of crowds but when approached she was fun. When I’d see her at parties she was often drunk. Not just tipsy. Drunk.

We weren’t tight but knew each other well enough that if we saw each other at a party we’d typically meet at the keg at some point, make some sarcastic comments, and move on. But that pretty much sums up most of my interactions throughout my youth. I dropped my punch line and moved on. The moment I speak I’m looking to exit the stage. I moved on.

One night I was making my way out of a party in some dorm and I saw her sitting on the curb. It was...READ MORE

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How Do You Prepare to Pray?

06/25/2015 Comment

Finding God through Meditation, by St. Peter of Alcantara, brings the wisdom of the great saint into your hands. St. Peter directed St. Teresa of Avila on difficult questions she had about prayer and she turned to this work for guidance.

I’ll be sharing excerpts from the book here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them and growing closer to God as a result. The section I'm sharing today comes from the first chapter of the book, "Perspective on Meditation and Devotion."

Of the Preparation Necessary to Prayer

It will not be beside our purpose to handle all these parts severally; we will, therefore, first begin with preparation, which we did put...READ MORE

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Cover Reveal of Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls, by Raymond Arroyo

06/25/2015 Comment

This just in: Lead anchor and host of EWTN's The World Over Raymond Arroyo announced earlier this year that Random House Kids will publish his first book for young readers, Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls. Now the book, due out in March 2016, has a cover.

Here's Arroyo teasing the book last February for his viewers on The World Over:

Promising to appeal to fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Peter Lerangis’s Seven Wonders series,  here official description of this epic adventure:

Will Wilder is a mischievous, headstrong twelve-year-old with an otherworldly gift—he alone can see the nefarious creatures encroaching on Perilous Falls. For nearly a century,...READ MORE

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4 Practical Ways to Implement Laudato Si

06/24/2015 Comments (6)

While the world seeks to analyze Pope Francis’ encyclical and place it into a political framework, it would be much more beneficial to read it and simply seek ways to live it in our everyday lives.

Pope Francis, being a professional “bridge-builder” (pontifex), gives us the opportunity to bridge yet another chasm that has developed in our fallen human world. With the rise of the technological age, we have distanced ourselves from nature and proudly profess how we have become its “master.” Pope Francis recognized the dangers of this type of world-view and wrote “Laudato Si” to teach us a more human approach to our God-given task of earthly stewardship.

Practically speaking, he gave us at...READ MORE

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So the Confederate Flag Should Come Down But Margaret Sanger Belongs on the $20 Bill?

06/24/2015 Comments (31)

The New York Times editorial board called for South Carolina to take down the Confederate flag because it's racist. They said:

State lawmakers who must vote on removing it need to do that now and show the nation they understand the pain this symbol of hate and brutality causes to this day.

So the reason for all the renewed controversy surrounding the flag is because the man charged with killing nine African-Americans in church was seen waving it in photographs. Ok. So any symbol with a strong relation to racism should not be celebrated by the government. Got it?

But last month the New York Times published an opinion piece that none other than Margaret Sanger should be on the $20 bill.


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