Guest Bloggers

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The Friar Who Saved Christendom from Islam and Gave Us Cappuccino

His name is most closely associated with the famous Battle of Vienna (1683) during which he greatly contributed to repel the Ottomans who aspired to conquer Europe. Indeed, the Capuchin friar Marco d’Aviano – born Carlo Domenico Cristofori...

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What John Paul II Taught About Racism and Xenophobia

In today’s environment, the charge of racism against political opponents has become increasingly routine. In fact, it is often proclaimed that—regardless of the issue under discussion—racism is the only possible explanation for another’s...

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The Key to the Dreaded Ephesians’ Passage

You’ve been there, sitting uncomfortably in the pew, waiting for the lector to read the dreaded Ephesians passage, the one that speaks the culturally anathema, “Wives be subject to your husbands…” Sometimes you notice that the offending passages...

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Yet Another Lawsuit Against the Church

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis is the target of yet another lawsuit — this one from a guidance counselor whose contract to help form students at Roncalli High School was not renewed for the coming school year, because she entered into a same-sex...

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Because God Loves You

This weekend, Christians all over the country will attend services in their churches and hear a simple message: God loves you. It’s an important message, make no mistake. It’s the basis of our faith. Understanding that we’re loved by God gives...

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Loving Mother Church in the Midst of Her Crisis

“In the heart of the Church, my Mother, I will be love.” —St. Thérèse of Lisieux I vividly remember what it felt like to sit, angst-ridden, in a basement chapel at the Protestant Reformed college (Calvinist) college I was going to, with my...

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To Stay Catholic in College, You Have to Do These 6 Things

As students return to college or go to college for the first time this fall, I would like to offer a few suggestions about how to stay Catholic in college. As it happens, I would suggest these same principles to anyone else as helpful practices...

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Why Newman Suffered for Calling a Depraved Man ‘Depraved’

In 1852 John Henry Newman was brought before a court of law and tried for libel. What became known as the “Achilli Trial” was to cause Newman intense personal anguish because of the threat of imprisonment. But it is also relevant to our times as...

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Romans Love Their Annual ‘Miracle of the Snow’ Reenactment

The annual Aug. 5 festival celebrating the “Miracle of the Snow” in front of St. Mary Major (Esquiline) Basilica has become a tradition cherished by Roman people, and an appointment that everyone looks forward to every year. This 36-year-old...

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All in the (Mostly) Dominican Family

Growing up in Texas, Jodi (Cox) Grant and her younger sister, now-Dominican Sister Mary Juliana Cox journeyed in faith together as teens, attending prayer groups. At the same time, their parents, Bill and Marilyn Cox, experienced their own...