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  • What Do You Do at Adoration?
    on October 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Part 3 of a 4-Part series on Eucharistic Adoration When I dragged a friend to Adoration recently, she pumped me with panicky questions while on the way. “Sitting for an hour in silence? But what do you do?” Her question was not unexpected. We live in a utilitarian society where […]

  • “The Voice” and Hope
    on October 16, 2019 at 12:00 am

    The Voice has been on NBC for seventeen seasons after beginning in Holland, and it maintains its rank as one of the most inspirational reality shows on television. I settled in for my normal round of this show, sad that Adam Levine is gone, and I realized that I cannot make it through an episode […]

  • Praying for Virtue
    on October 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    In our prayer, we should frequently and fervently ask for an increase in virtues, like humility, mercy, patience, kindness, fortitude, or prudence. I have found over the years that God seems to take special joy in responding to petitions for an increase in this or that virtue, not by infusing that […]

  • 10 Reasons to Read St. John Henry Newman’s “Loss and Gain”
    on October 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Now that John Henry Newman is a saint, many of us hope his already significant influence will continue to grow. Many people know the story of his conversion through his great memoir, Apologia Pro Vita Sua, but far fewer people have read his conversion novel, Loss and Gain. Published just as Newman […]

  • Bishop Barron’s Course on John Henry Newman Starts Next Week!
    on October 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Starting on Monday, October 14, Bishop Barron will be teaching a NEW, special 12-part course on the life and thought of John Henry Newman, who will be canonized Sunday! In his new course, Bishop Barron will examine Newman’s many theological contributions, which are important in understanding […]


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  • Persistence in Prayer
    on October 16, 2019 at 12:00 am

    The Bible and the great Tradition are massively interested in prayer, especially the prayer of petition. There are many types of prayer—meditation, contemplation, adoration, etc.—but the most basic and most practiced form of prayer is the prayer of petition, of asking God for something. […]

  • The Path to Healing Is a Humble Path
    on October 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I have always loved the story of Naaman the Syrian, which is found in the second book of Kings, as part of the Elisha cycle of readings. It is, on the surface at least, a very simple narrative, but it packs a punch spiritually speaking. Mass Readings Reading 1 – 2 Kings 5:14-17 […]

  • Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed
    on October 2, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Last week, I plunged for the second time into the world of the Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). I can’t tell you how many participants in the AMA posed some version of this question: How could an all-loving God possibly countenance so much violence, suffering, and pain? Most questioners turned […]


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