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Eight Advent Resources for Your Family

The warm glow from the one candle lit on the wreath shone brightly in the darkened room as my father started singing in his baritone voice. O come, O come, Emmanuel. The rest of the family joined in with our higher tones, and the whole house...

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Hymns for Advent: It’s Not Christmas Yet

When “Santa Baby” starts playing at the grocery store, I thank God I’m Catholic and try not to hum along! That can be difficult because it is a catchy—if irritating—tune. During the Advent season, we have a tradition of hymns for Advent as we...

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St. Andrew, the Apostle Who “Found the Messiah”

Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah.” ―John 1:40–41 Andrew was a fisherman and a disciple of John the Baptist...

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Parenting is Not About Winning — It’s About Winning Over

Parenting is epic, Sisyphean in nature until they no longer require your assistance. Until then, you're stuck trying to impose order on a people who embody chaos theory. Somehow I've managed to get four people to voting age, and still, there is...

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5 Bishops Share Their Personal Vocation Stories

I asked five U.S. diocesan bishops about their upbringing and decision to enter the seminary. Here is what they shared.   Bishop Liam Cary, Diocese of Baker, Oregon I was raised 20 miles away from when I now live in the Diocese of Baker. I...

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With Second Miracle, Will Newman Be Canonized Soon?

Deo gratias! The Vatican reportedly has recognized a second miracle through the intercession of Blessed John Henry Newman, paving the way to a possible canonization next year. Newman—a champion of both fidelity and reason, both of which are...

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The Exalted Blessed Virgin Mary and Theosis

The exaltation of Mary is the supreme example of how highly God sought to raise man. This is part and parcel (as the foremost and most extraordinary instance) of the notion of divinization or deification or theosis — a common motif, particularly...

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Memories of My Friendship With Bishop Morlino

The Church in the United States has lost one of its most courageous leaders. Bishop Robert C. Morlino, late of the Diocese of Madison, who died suddenly and unexpectedly last week, was someone whom I admired greatly for his sanity and sanctity...

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3 Media Documents Every Catholic Should Read

When it comes to the media, Catholics have differing opinions. I can recall a Skype call with two of my professors in the early days of graduate school where I earned a master’s in theology. Days prior, I made some comments to a member of the...

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The Great Adventure Bible: A New Tool for Scripture Study

The first thing I noticed when picking up the The Great Adventure Bible was the softness of Alpha Cowhide cover, and secondly how comfortably it sat open in one hand. As I flipped through it the brightly tabbed books of Bible stood out on the...