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Pope’s Regina Coeli address: ‘If you are open to the Holy Spirit, He will guide you on the paths of history’


St. Francis de Sales explains why you shouldn’t get angry when interrupted during prayer...
Philip Kosloski
Setting aside time for prayer is often a difficult task. Especially for those who are married and have children, carving out 15 to 30 minutes for quiet prayer time can be almost impossible. Even when we do set aside time for prayer, little hands and voices inevitably interrupt it. For example, you may decide that tomorrow you will wake up one hour early to spend the morning reading a good spiritual book or simply rest in quiet meditation...


A May garland for Our Lady...
R. Jared Staudt
May is the month of Mary, a time of new growth and a return to life fitting for the New Eve. Blessed John Henry Newman spoke of how nature itself bears witness to the joy we find in Our Lady. One traditional way of expressing Mary’s beauty in relation to spring can be found in the Flemish tradition of garland painting. Jan Brueghel the Elder produced the first image of Our Lady framed in garlands...


4 important gifts of grace...
Msgr. Charles Pope
Here is a fundamental theology of grace: keeping the commandments and mandates of the Lord’s Word is the fruit of His love, not the cause of it. The Lord says that if you love Him, the keeping of the commandments is sure to follow. Note that we do not initiate this love, God does. Scripture says, We love because he first Loved us...


NPR editor gets candid: ‘Babies are not babies until they are born’...
Julia Duin
Last week, NPR released a memo on coverage of abortion and abortion opponents that sounds like something out of a Planned Parenthood propaganda manual. But this was a style guide to shape news coverage on America’s most influential radio network. It was journalism policy in reaction to recent events involving a “fetal heartbeat” law in Georgia and an abortion ban in Alabama...


Former airline pilot appointed to lead diocese of Saginaw...


Curtail our culture of violence by addressing abortion...
Archbishop Samuel Aquila
Many people are worried about the increasing levels of violence in our country, and over the past week, three states passed laws that address a key contributor to our culture of violence. I am speaking about what Saint Mother Teresa called the “greatest destroyer of peace today” — abortion. This past week, three states moved ahead with bills that recognize this reality by limiting abortion...


The devil targets Catholic priests — it’s urgent that we pray and sacrifice for them...
Kathryn Jean Lopez
“No words I can use would be too strong to state that the Catholic priesthood needs prayer and sacrifice as never before since Calvary,” wrote the late Jesuit Father John Hardon in “The Value of Prayer and Sacrifice for Priests.” He reflects on 30 years of teaching priests, living with priests “and having labored for them...


Scientists have found that this is a solution for loneliness...


The new ‘Aladdin’ movie (RT 60%) is just a dim reminder of the animated version...
Deacon Steven Greydanus
Aladdin is fine. Everything’s fine. How could it be otherwise? It’s the story you know already, almost exactly. They say the lines and sing the songs, the same songs, almost exactly. It’s a good story, and they’re good songs. There are no spoilers in this review because how could there be? When you take your kids to Disneyland and they stand in line to meet Aladdin and Princess Jasmine...


At least 26 killed, nun decapitated in Central African Republic massacre...


Argentine doctor faces prison for refusing abortion; Chilean Jesuit faces abuse accusations...


How to understand the upcoming Sunday readings...


The Pell case: Developments down under...


New D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory addresses sexual abuse scandal, pledges honesty...


Tim Conway (a Catholic convert) was a kind soul, with a gentle sense of humor...


Archbishop Gregory installed in Washington, pledges openness at ‘defining moment’...


Hope for Vincent Lambert, ‘French Terri Schiavo,’ as court orders life support to be restored...

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Here’s what those little dots are on the edge of your car windows...


Prayer ‘pro seipso sacerdote’ (‘for the priest himself’)...
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
This time of year many new priests are being ordained and, consequently, many priests observe their own anniversaries. In the traditional, Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite a priest can add orations for himself, Pro seipso sacerdote, on the anniversary of his ordination. The 2002MR has three formularies Pro seipso sacerdote while the 1962MR has but one...


Exorcists witness: Mary is a powerful defender against demons...


Pagans or Puritans — you choose...
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
You might remember that in C.S. Lewis’ Narnia stories Mr Tumnus the Faun recounts how they used to have jolly times with Bacchus and Silenus. Lewis was criticized for bringing such blatant paganism into his works. What was he thinking? In writing to Don Giovanni–a Catholic priest, Lewis commented on the matter and observed that modern man was in such a lamentable state that perhaps it was necessary “first to make people good pagans...


Is sexual autonomy worth the cost to human lives?
Noelle Mering
The advice column over at The Cut has published a letter that is some version of a complaint I’ve heard for years from numerous women: “I have been on nearly 40 first dates in the past couple of years since I’ve been single. At first, casual dating was exactly what I needed. I tried casual relationships a handful of times with guys I had chemistry with...


How classical education benefits the whole person — body, mind and soul...
Mary Jo Gerd
I worked in media for years before becoming a mom. As a writer/producer, I learned the importance of simplicity and brevity in crafting a message. In film school, I was trained in the art of delivering the mythical elevator pitch—a famous director bumps their grocery cart into yours while perusing the organic fruits section—you better be ready to summarize your idea in a concise...


7 reasons you should still keep a paper map in your glovebox...


A rare shot of the International Space Station aligned over the day/night terminator on Earth...


What The Atlantic doesn’t understand about the priesthood...
J.D. Flynn
It should not surprise anyone to discover wickedness among the ranks of the Catholic priesthood. Everyone with a modicum of self-awareness already knows that wickedness is endemic to the human condition. For most of us, it is as easy to be selfish, angry, lustful or power-hungry as it is simply to be – a disposition toward evil seems our perpetual condition...


The name of the stand used in Eucharistic adoration reminds us what is happening...


Have you noticed that God doesn’t seem to be in a big hurry about things?


If Francis wants to mediate between the U.S. and Iran, his best odds may be with Tehran...
John Allen
News headlines of late have been dominated by rumblings between the United States and Iran, capped by President Donald Trump taking to Twitter to state emphatically, “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran.” In such moments of global tension, the Vatican typically aspires to play the role of a reconciler and peacemaker...


Father David Pivonka named president of Franciscan University of Steubenville...


True reform will come — but only if you and I remain steadfast...


Belgian monks resurrect 220-year-old beer after finding recipe in their archives...


So long, Cardinal Wuerl...


New study says happiest wives are, in order: religious conservatives, then religious liberals, then secular liberals, then secular conservatives...


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