Category Archives: Prayer

Our Desperate Need for Christmas

It’s happening again. The streets of Atchison are lit up like a firefly convention. People are dashing madly around to Christmas shopping, Christmas concerts, Christmas parties and Christmas movies. No matter what our culture does to dampen the faith, Christmas is the fire that just keeps roaring. There is plenty to complain about in the [...]

Three gifts we can bring to Jesus this Christmas

When we go to meet baby Jesus in the manger this Christmas, none of us want to go empty-handed! Therefore I’d like to propose three simple gifts we can bring to the little King this year. The gift of frankincense: the conversion of our heart. Frankincense is the gift of priestly office. Christ the high [...]

10 Catholic Cliches (And What They Really Mean)

Friends at Benedictine College and I were translating common sayings by Catholics last week. Add others in the comments if you think of any. 1. When a Catholic says: “I’ll pray about it.” She might mean, “I will bring this important decision before God.” … But often, she means: “My answer is No, but I [...]

Reflections On My Time Away

 [Editor Note: The CV family continues to pray for the speedy recovery of Thomas Peters.  We know that Thomas and Natalie are both grateful for all of your prayers, love, and support.  While Thomas' condition continues to improve, he is not expected to return to CV as a regular contributor immediately.  The following post was [...]

11 Saints for the Single Catholic (And Married Catholics Too)

The flashing on my chimney needs fixing. Or it needs to be re-pointed. I don’t know which yet. All I know is that there’s a damp spot the size of me on the wall behind my bed. It appeared seemingly out of nowhere last night. I walked into my room around 10:00, looked up, and [...]

I Work At Our Lady’s College

I work at Our Lady’s college — you know, that college with a long history in the Midwest, a winning football tradition, a memorable fight song, and a beautiful Lourdes grotto that people visit from all over the country to light candles … Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. That joke, which Benedictine College’s president likes [...]

Why We’re Praying And Fasting Today

Because these people need help and it’s not clear that a military intervention will help them. In fact, it’s pretty well understood that the most vulnerable segments of society and the minority communities (e.g. Christians) will suffer the most. John Allen, an expert Vatican journalist has an excellent piece comparing the similarities in the Pope’s/Vatican’s [...]

White Sox Catcher: I Love Praying the Rosary

  Meet Tyler Flowers, catcher for the Chicago White Sox. In a recent interview with the Catholic New World, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the major league baseball player spoke about his devotion to the Blessed Mother. I love to pray rosaries, which are very Christ-centered. In fact, Jesus’ name is literally at [...]

The time has come to start a devotion to the Martyrdom of John the Baptist

Catholics who are deeply concerned about sexual immorality in our country should join me in a novena to the Martyrdom of John the Baptist. In fact, I think 21st century Catholics should develop a special devotion centered on his martyrdom–not on John the Baptist in general (a different feast day), but specifically on his martyrdom. [...]

10 Ways Living with a Toddler is Supremely Awesome

The Huffington Post blog had a post yesterday entitled “10 Ways Living With a Toddler Is Like Being in Prison.” Yes, it was mildly humorous, and yes, some of the sentiments will resonate with parents of children of that age, and yes, there is some comfort in sharing stories and jokes about our kids to [...]


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