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Atheist Convert: Jennifer Fulwiler - Jennifer Fulwiler, Why I’m Catholic

Must the Roman Curia be Italian? - George Weigel, Crisis Magazine

Purgatory and the Role of Mary as Plenipotentiary - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Waking Up Catholic: From Protestantism to Catholicism - Michael Larson, NOR

Benedict XV, Rudyard Kipling, John Bunyan & G.K. Chesterton - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Meaningless Art - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Talents in Trust (Matthew 25:14-30) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Abp. Dolan Decrees No Same-Sex “Marriages” in Churches & Properties - Thaddeus Baklinski, Life Site News

A Canonical Look at Archbishop Dolan’s Decree - Dr. Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law

Are You Free of Modernist Ideas? - Jared Dale Combista, VirtuousPla.net

Why We Must Stop Handing The Church To the State - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

The Real Problems with ‘Reality’ TV - Teresa Tomeo, Our Sunday Visitor

Arab Spring: Revolutions in the Arab World Help Radical Islam - Souad Sbai, Ilsussidiario

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Representing the Holy Spirit that descended “like a dove” and hovered over Jesus when he was baptized.

Bishop Burbidge: The Pandemic is Our ‘Pentecost Moment’

This “21st century Pentecost moment” brought on by the pandemic, Bishop Michael Burbidge said, has underscored the need for good communication in the Church across all forms of media, in order to invite people into the fullness of the Gospel.

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.

Representing the Holy Spirit that descended “like a dove” and hovered over Jesus when he was baptized.

Bishop Burbidge: The Pandemic is Our ‘Pentecost Moment’

This “21st century Pentecost moment” brought on by the pandemic, Bishop Michael Burbidge said, has underscored the need for good communication in the Church across all forms of media, in order to invite people into the fullness of the Gospel.