Guest Bloggers

Saint Philip Howard and His Dog

In a 19th century engraving (above), Sir Philip Howard, the 20th Earl of Arundel, leans against the wall above a fireplace. He has just inscribed the words “Quanto plus afflictionis pro Christo in saeculo, tanto plus gloriae cum Christo in...

A Glimpse at Life in 6 Traditional Religious Communities

While overall the numbers of women religious have declined dramatically in the years since Vatican II (1962-65), some traditional communities, while relatively small, have done well for vocations.  I spoke with six women religious in traditional...

Giving Generously in Motherhood Will Not Leave You Empty

I first read The Awakening by American author Kate Chopin my junior year of high school. It was assigned reading in my class on American history and literature at my all girls Catholic high school. It was a kind of shocking read about a woman in...

Why the Light of Purity is Needed to See the Mystery of Sex

The following essay was excerpted from Dietrich von Hildebrand’s In Defense of Purity, which first appeared in 1927 and was released in a new English edition on Oct. 17, 2017. The new edition features a new foreword by Alice von

Why the Centering Prayer Movement is So Off-Center

A technique out there purporting to be a form of Christian prayer has made inroads in countless parishes across the U.S. and Canada. Its promoters try very hard to sound Catholic and monastic, but it is, in fact, not really either. It’s called...

A Visit to Nagasaki, the Catholic Heart of Japan

I’ll cut right to the chase: Go to Nagasaki, Japan. If you’re considering where to take your next vacation, Nagasaki is charming. If you’re considering going on a special pilgrimage, let Nagasaki top your list of potential locations. My family...

Why I Love the Extraordinary Form of the Mass

“What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church's faith...

Meet a Woman Who Was Killed Because She Loved the Rosary

She stood alone. The only others present were her accusers. A young woman faced question after question while trying to make sense of the growing hostility around her. This cross-examination was to be the final drama in a life as innocent as it...

St. Longinus: A Saint for Conversions

But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. —John 19:33–34 Longinus is the name given to the soldier who...

Has Discipline Become a Dirty Word?

In my last piece, Dr. Jane Anderson, a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UC San Francisco, explained how important it is for parents to be authority figures for their children. Authoritative parents (as opposed to those who are permissive or...