Inspiration:

Dominican Order celebrates 800th anniversary in 2016

Once a famous churchman had an idea. He would begin a new kind of evangelization, calling on others to join him in reaching out to fallen away Catholics. They would go to the marketplaces to speak to the people who had become alienated from the faith. Not just their words but the quality of their lives would convince the disheartened of God’s love for them. Who was this churchman? Blessed Paul VI? St. John Paul II? No, he lived in the Middle Ages and founded what is still officially the “Order of Friars Preachers.” He is St. Dominic Guzman.


The Meaning of Christmas – Connecting the Dots between the Crib and the Cross

The Gospel stories about the birth of Jesus are not a simple retelling of the events that took place then, at the stable in Bethlehem. In his commentaries on the birth of Jesus, the renowned scripture scholar, Raymond Brown, highlights that these narratives were written long after Jesus had already been crucified and had risen from the dead and that they are colored by what his death and resurrection mean. 


Dishonest mercy helps no one, Archbishop Chaput says

PHILADEPHIA (CNA/EWTN News) — True mercy, and trust in the transformative power of God’s grace are key to helping divorced-and-remarried Catholics, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has said in a critique of proposals to admit them to sacramental Communion without a change in their lives.


Our Overstimulated Grandiosity – and our Impoverished Symbols

There are now more than seven billion people on this earth and each one of us feels that he or she is the center of the universe. That accounts for most of the problems we have in the world, in our neighborhoods, and in our families. 


December 25th may be past, but the Church is a Pilgrim Church

Department stores have their linen sales going on. If you have been waiting for a great deal on a new comforter, now is the time. Home supply stores are pushing materials for indoor fix-it projects. If your kitchen floor looks like mine, maybe it’s time to price floor tile or new cork options.