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An Astonishing Miracle, and 10 Ways to Fall Deeper in Love with Jesus

An incurable eye disease intruded on 16-year-old Johnny Atwell’s life almost overnight. In October 1974, the Glendive, Montana, teen faced inevitable blindness. Every night as he went to bed he prayed—or rather, demanded: “Father, take it away,...

Why I Was Willing to Lose My Job for the Catholic Faith

“I have noticed that there are teachers at this school of several different denominations, but no Catholics. Could a Catholic work here?” I was working as a teacher and Dean at a private Christian school, and I asked my principal this question...

The Beauty of the Extraordinary Form Comes from Tradition

It was recently brought to my attention that Fr. Daniel P. Horan responded to aspects of my blog post from November concerning millennial aged Catholics who consider themselves to be “Modern Traditionalists.” I would like to respond first, to...

Holy Heroes Raised to the Altar by St. John Paul II

On May 16, 2004, I had the honor and privilege to be at St. Peter’s in Rome, along with my wife, Susannah, our 2-year-old son, Leo, and our unborn daughter, Gianna, for the canonization of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla and five others by John Paul...

The Catholic Church’s 800-Year-Old Tradition of Heraldry

One would have thought that in the post-Vatican II era, the papacy — which had dispensed with coronations, tiaras, silken gloves, the sedia gestatoria and ostrich feather fans, — would have shelved ecclesiastic heraldry as some sort of feudal-era...

A Suffering Church Needs Bold Intentionality, Not Maintenance

On a Sunday morning not long ago, I was having breakfast with one of those friends you don’t see often enough, despite living in the same town and attending the same parish. He’s a single guy, mid-30s, on fire for the faith, but – working in the...

My Own Personal Experience with Abusive Clergy

This week, the bishops of the world will gather in Rome for an international summit to address the clergy abuse scandals in the Catholic Church. The Catholic News Agency reported the comments of Pope Francis on a Jan. 28 papal flight from Panama...

Ashley Dillon and the Renew the ‘I Do’ Foundation

In the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 2012, a parish priest, Fr. Jay Donahue, and one of his parishioners, Arlene Milon, launched an initiative that would become the Renew the “I Do” Foundation. Its purpose is to support and encourage successful...

How Did Joseph and Mary meet and Fall In Love, How Agnostic Converted with Bishop Barron, and More!

How Did Joseph & Mary meet & Fall In Love Before Getting Married? ☩ Philip Kosloski of Aleteia +1

St. John Newman, Defender of the Faith

The news that Pope Francis will canonize Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890), following the confirmation of a second miracle due to his intercession, will delight many Catholics and should surprise none. Newman’s heroic virtue—displayed among...