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Ever Wake Up in the Middle of the Night for No Good Reason?

Do you ever wake up at 3 a.m. for unknown reasons? Plenty of people do. Sometimes one wakes with a start and is filled with apprehension or an inexplicable heightened state of awareness. It’s a common enough occurrence that becomes even more...

How to Win Friends and Influence People Even if the World Hates Us

Over 30 million copies have been sold of the 1936 book,How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, making it one of the best-selling books of all time. It was No. 19 on Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential books. Who...

The Biblical Roots and History of Indulgences

The issue of indulgences was central during the period of the Protestant Revolt in the 16th century. First, let's look at the biblical rationale for an indulgence, and then delve a bit into the history of the controversy. The Catholic Church...

10 Signs That Shakespeare Was Catholic

There are probably no greater academic debating topics than the mysterious life of the Bard of Avon — William Shakespeare. Did he really write those plays? If he didn’t, who did? Was he involved in the Elizabethan spy network? Was he a secret...

Pope’s Words On “Gay”, How a Hawaii Parish is Dealing with the Volcano, and More!

Pope’s Words about God Making Someone “Gay” - Fr. Z’s Blog+++ German Bishops Employ Luther

How to Switch from Martha to Mary in an Instant

At some point in every woman’s life one desires the advice of someone older and wiser; to provide counsel about how to manage each day, negotiate odd predicaments or navigate pitfalls.  There is a long Catholic tradition of selecting a saint to...

Defenders of the Faith: G. K. Chesterton vs. Prince Charles

On Nov. 24, 1521, Pope Leo X bestowed the title of Fidei Defensor (Defender of the Faith) on King Henry VIII. The honour was granted to the English king in recognition of his book Assertio Septem Sacramentorum (Defense of the Seven Sacraments),...

Through the Holy Spirit, Christ Can Be With Us Always

The poet W.H. Auden once lectured me about the wrongness of modern translations rendering Holy Ghost as Holy Spirit. His frail case was that there are certain drinks, too, that can be called spirits. This made no sense. “Spirit” is a Latinism far...

How the Royal Wedding Became an Unlikely Herald of Truth

Last Friday night found my two oldest daughters and me setting our alarms — somewhat begrudgingly, I confess — for 4:30 a.m. Ever since they’d first heard me mention the upcoming royal wedding, many months ago, they’d been dying to watch Prince...

Was the Royal Wedding Something That Could Do Some Good?

It was a slightly surreal experience: standing in the echoing entrance chamber of a fine 19th-century Town Hall, all marbled staircase and municipal splendor, talking about the latest addition to the Royal Family. Ave Maria radio from the USA –...