Category Archives: New Evangelization

Signs of Hope: The Under-35 Priest

Is an American Catholic renaissance possible in our lifetime? Nine years ago I started writing as the “American Papist” because I was, and remain, proud to be both Catholic and an American. We as Christians understand that hope is a necessity of being Catholic because there is no better foundation for hope than the promises [...]

What Catholics Can Learn From Super Bowl XLIX

Maybe it’s because my Connecticut sons are big Patriots fans. Maybe it’s because I was alone with my iPhone at video shoots all day yesterday. But the fascinating end of Super Bowl XLIX  (yes, that is this year’s) has been much on my mind. It seems there are lessons that Catholics can learn from how [...]

What if things were actually getting better?

Are Millennials the New Victorians? That question runs counter to the conventional wisdom that Millennials are a disaster on every moral issue except abortion. But Michael Barone makes a strong case that the answer is yes and I believe him. “By almost any standard of behavior, Millennials are more virtuous than the previous generation,” declares [...]

Manifest Lessons

January 6th is the Solemnity of the Epiphany.  The word comes from the Greek epiphaneia, meaning “manifestation” or “appearance.”  In the Western Church, We typically associate Epiphany with the visitation of the gift-bearing Magi or Wise Men or Three Kings to the Holy Family and newborn child Jesus.  In the United States, the feast has [...]

Sing We Noel — Let the Christmas Carol Insurgency Continue! (Video)

The word “mob” gets a bad rap, since when large groups of people suddenly coalesce in a public space, unfortunate things often happen. But in the case of a musical or dance or theater flash mob, the result can be lovely. In a world stripped of the sacred and starved for real beauty, the ongoing [...]

Must-See: Breathtaking Online Exhibit of the Virgin Mary in Art

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is currently hosting an exhibit of artwork depicting the Virgin Mary from several famous Renaissance and Baroque artists. The exhibit is called Picturing Mary:  Woman, Mother, Idea, and runs from Dec. 5, 2014 to Apr. 12, 2015.  If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, this might [...]

How Many Confessions Can 30 Priests Hear in 12 Hours?

The answer to that question just happened in Mexico City on November 29. At the invitation of Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, and in preparation for Advent, over 5,000 people went to confession in a single twelve-hour period at the Cathedral of Mexico City. Some penitents stood in line for up to four hours to receive [...]

Father Larry Richards Defends the Pope

“Ok, I have had it.” Father Larry Richards wrote on his Facebook page on Oct 28. There followed the first strong words of a defense of the Pope that reached a high point yesterday (Nov. 9). Father Richards is the Erie, Pa., priest who first gained national attention for his inspiring talks on confession. Anyone [...]

What is the oldest Catholic church in the United States?

It’s older than the oldest Puritan meetinghouse in Massachusetts.  It’s older than the oldest Episcopalian chapel in Jamestown, Virginia.  In fact, it’s the oldest American church of any denomination, period. It’s the San Miguel Mission in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Founded in 1610, ten years before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock, the San Miguel [...]

Or Just Don’t Get Divorced

One of the dynamics that emerged during the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family was the apparent competition between two views of the marriage crisis and what was needed to address it. On the one hand, there was the view that the primary issue confronting the Church when it comes to marriage is the subset [...]


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