Category Archives: Prayer

7 Things You Need to Do Right Now Before Your Phone Ruins Your Life

  Are you a slave to your iPhone?  Do your evenings revolve around the TV?  Are you perpetually glued to a screen? If you answered yes to any of these questions, help is here.  If you answered no to any of them, you should stop lying. Within a broader discussion of the perils (and merits) [...]

Fr. Emil Kapaun: Putting the Hero in Heroic Virtue

Tomorrow, pilgrims in Kansas will begin a 3-day, 60 mile walk from Wichita to the church of St. John Nepomucene Church in the tiny prairie town of Pilsen (pop. 40), the one-time parish of Fr. Emil Kapaun. The pilgrimage is meant as a spiritual (and physical) exercise for the participants, but also means to raise awareness of [...]

‘The Passion of the Christ,’ Mel Gibson and Hugging the Cactus

On Tuesday, March 11, at the entertainment-news site Deadline.com, journalist Allison Hope Weiner offered an impassioned plea to Hollywood agencies and studios to end their “quiet blacklisting” of her onetime interview subject and now personal friend, Mel Gibson. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his blockbuster Gospel epic “The Passion of the Christ” [...]

Is Satan Fighting Back Against Pope Francis?

Pope Francis has spent his pontificate in a full frontal assault against the devil. “There is no shadow of a doubt,” Pope Francis said in October, “A battle exists, a battle in which the eternal salvation of us all is at stake.” The battle is two-sided, he said in a June audience. “Look around us [...]

40 Things You Should Give Up for Lent

  These are just suggestions.  Don’t give up all forty things on this list.  Just pick one or two.  Or none. Oh yeah, and there are a few that you should probably just give up forever.   1. Sweets.  And if you aren’t a “sweets person,” you aren’t a “human being with a soul.”   [...]

Sometimes, You Find a Scapular …

One day, while walking through a wet grocery store parking lot in Los Angeles, I spied a couple of green fabric squares on the ground that had pictures on them. Reaching down and picking them up, I realized the squares were joined by a green double thread. One square had an embroidered picture of Our [...]

Beyond the Great Lenten Phone and Facebook Fast

We are fast approaching Ash Wednesday, and it is time to start planning your Lenten fast. Lent is about recommitting to prayer, fasting so as to make room for God and almsgiving to relearn self-giving love — and for many of us, the biggest obstacle to prayer is social media, the biggest time-waster (and stressor) [...]

Purell® After the Sign of Peace: How to Avoid Mass Infection

Cold and flu season has been upon us for a while now, and with brutal winter temperatures repeatedly slamming the Eastern half of the country, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. But let’s face it, the possibility of catching something at Mass is a year-round affair – and there are reasons for that. Most Catholic [...]

Amber Alert: Free the Nuns

Nothing motivates Americans like a child abduction. Search parties are organized, Amber Alerts are issued, flyers printed, the media shifts into overdrive plastering the photo of the innocent missing child on social media and television broadcasts– all in a desperate race against time to rescue the kidnapped child. Having spent a legal career in child [...]


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