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Pope Francis: Discover the beauty of prayer in adoration...

Pope Francis said Sunday that prayer in adoration of God and service to others spreads the fire of God’s love, changing the world one heart at a time. “I invite everyone to discover the beauty of the prayer of adoration and to exercise it often,” Pope Francis said Aug. 18. Adoration of God in prayer is necessary to allow the fire of love that Jesus brought to the earth to envelop our entire existence...

This Sunday’s Mass readings can be unsettling. This will help you get their meaning... ...

In recent decades, the term “family values” has almost become a code word for “Christian culture” in American society. Influential Christian organizations have adopted names like “Focus on the Family,” “American Family Association,” the “Family Research Council”; and on the Catholic side of things we have “Catholic Family Land...

15-year-old blocks LGBT pride march in Poland with crucifix and rosary...

While Poland held its first-ever LGBT Pride March on Aug. 10 in Płock, 15-year-old Jakub Baryła held a crucifix and rosary in his hands. Baryła stood before LGBT supporters and police during the march, holding high a crucifix and rosary. He said the the late Fr. Ignacy Skorupko was the inspiration behind his actions. Fr. Skorupko is said to have held a cross “during the Warsaw battle with the Bolsheviks in 1920...

This feature about the fired ESPN staffer who became a Catholic priest gets religion — half of it anyway...

A reader drew our attention to a Sports Business Journal feature on the former ESPN staffer fired in 2012 for his “Chink in the Armor” headline about Jeremy Lin, the Taiwanese-American point guard who recently won an NBA title with the Toronto Raptors. “One bad headline cost him his job at ESPN,” the story’s headline notes...

Watch Nightcrawler help Wolverine reconcile with God in ‘X-Men: The Animated Series’...

In the 1990s, Marvel produced X-Men: The Animated Series and it was a ground-breaking series on a number of levels. For example, in season 3, episode 18, a Catholic mutant known as Nightcrawler encounters a small group of the X-Men, including Wolverine. The X-Men find refuge in the monastery where Nightcrawler is living and what happens next is something unheard of in mainstream animated television...

Letting weeping spend the night...

It was the twenty-third of May, and I found myself face to face with a small, sticky-sweet-looking red velvet cake. I may have considered the purchase for a few moments; cake isn’t healthy after all. In the end, though, I brought it home, and we had it for dessert. My husband asked me what the family had done to earn cake on a seemingly random day...

Please, stop talking about ‘values’...

This week I have received a political flyer aimed at “values voters,” heard a fundraising pitch from an organization that upholds family “values,” and sat through a sermon about maintaining Christian “values” in a secular world. The constant references to “values” are tiresome, they’re ineffective, and they’re fundamentally misguided...

Want to be a great storyteller (or homilist)? First, break these bad habits.....

You’ve heard dozens of times that you’re more likely to engage your audience when you tell a story in your presentation. A story that’s powerful and relevant can galvanize people and inspire action. But even otherwise great stories can be told badly. Here are few pitfalls you’ll need to avoid to make sure you don’t sabotage your own storytelling...

The Bishop of Amsterdam explains Mary to Protestants...

As Catholics and Protestants together, we honor Mary as the Mother of Christ. All her dignity, all her greatness, comes from him, and from him alone. We agree on that. To fully understand who she is, therefore, we must first take a closer look at him. He is the Son of the Father, “the Son of the Most High”, as the Archangel called him during the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary...

To found a school...

I’m joyfully anticipating Bl. John Henry Newman’s canonization on October 13th, a momentous day for the Church and for Catholic education in particular. Newman wrote the most comprehensive and in depth work on the nature of Catholic education in his Idea of a University. The book arose from a series of addresses he gave to the faculty of the university he founded in Dublin...