Conversation with a Young Dutch Convert

There are not many places on the planet with a bleaker outlook for the Church than in the Netherlands. Once a center of a vibrant Catholic culture, in the 1960s and 1970s Dutch avant-garde clerics embraced ‘The Spirit of Vatican II’ with a vengeance. The Dutch Catechism, published in 1966 by radical Dominican priest Edward … Read more

A Millennial Confronts Death

By Wilson Gavin For centuries, it was said that the young do not fear death. Today, that old adage has lost all meaning. The typical Millennial is more afraid of the spectre of death than his great grandmother. Not only does he fear it, but he refuses to acknowledge its presence. It’s the ultimate ‘no-go’ … Read more

The Millennial Monks of Clear Creek Abbey

He was a fifth century mystic, whose famous Rule underpinned a Catholic Order which historians credit with saving Western civilization after the fall of the Roman Empire.  His Rule, balancing a life of ‘ora et labora’ (‘work and prayer’), is a masterpiece of wisdom about the possibilities and realities of human nature. Fast forward 1500 … Read more

A Catholic on the Casting Couch

In October 2017, The New York Times and The New Yorker reported that dozens of women had accused Harvey Weinstein, a prominent film producer and executive, of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or rape over a period of at least 30 years. More than 80 women in the film industry subsequently accused Weinstein. Shortly thereafter, TODAY … Read more

Profession of the Immutable Truths about Sacramental Marriage

Profession of the immutable truths about sacramental marriage After the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris laetitia” (2016) various bishops issued at local, regional, and national levels applicable norms regarding the sacramental discipline of those faithful, called “divorced and remarried,” who having still a living spouse to whom they are united with a valid sacramental … Read more

The Eve of Christmas

By Jacob Boddicker, SJ The Eve of Christmas Unlooked-for came the Son of David then, Borne in the new Ark of a virgin’s flesh: The Bread of Heaven now in Beth-lehem, Spurned from inn, from home, denied warmth or rest. ‘tis then the Virgin’s labor did begin But not to birth, nay, rather to subdue, To … Read more

Our Lady of Guadalupe

By Jacob Boddicker, SJ In the bleak mid-winter of sorrow, sin, When naught ought blossom on Tepeyac mound Nor bird pick up its fife and merry sing ‘til the barren hill was by Mary crowned. Gold-gowned and round with child, the virgin ark Bearing the true priest-king for people lost In old world’s end ‘fore Old … Read more

The Real Thanksgiving Story

by Meghan Ferrara  Although it is commonly believed that the first Thanksgiving occurred in 1621 when the English Puritans gave thanks and shared a meal with Native Americans who had helped them survive the harsh New England winter, this is not the historical reality. How Squanto was able to communicate with the Pilgrim Fathers is a … Read more

In Hoc Signo Vinces

October 27 and 28 In Hoc Signo Vinces (By this sign you will conquer) October 28 marks the anniversary of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge (AD 312) at which Constantine the Great defeated the usurper Maxentius who had set himself up as emperor in Rome. Son of the emperor Maximian Herculius, Maxentius claimed the same … Read more