Category Archives: Prayer

The Pope’s Friend Mary

My wife just consecrated herself to Mary today (using Fr. Michael Gaitley’s book) , and I’m preparing to do the same (on Sept. 8, along with Benedictine College). A good part of the inspiration for doing so is Pope Francis, a man of deep Marian piety. Let me count the ways he is a friend [...]

Do You Believe in Miracles?

Mainstream media outlets are now reporting that the mystery of the so-called “angel priest” has been “solved.” After many days of wondering, we now know that the priest who appeared at the scene of a horrific accident in Missouri was not an angel from heaven or a long-dead saint, but just an ordinary (as it [...]

Should We Pray for the Conversion of America?

At the request of the pope, Catholics used to pray after Mass for the conversion of Russia–or so we have often heard.  This custom has long since been discontinued.  Whenever it comes to my mind, however, I wonder if it should be revived in a new form.  Should Catholics today pray after Mass for the conversion [...]

What would you do if you had one week to live?

Given the attention the media has paid to the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, it’s hard for us not to think about our own mortality. There’s nothing wrong with thinking about death. In fact, if anything we should think about death more often. It helps remind us that this life is not all there is. [...]

Desmond Tutu says he would rather go to hell than worship a “homophobic” God

Last Friday the United Nations announced a “global outreach campaign” aimed at combating what it believes is “anti-gay violence and repression.” According to CBS News, the goal of the initiative is to “change public attitudes around the world on [LGBT] issues that have bitterly divided the U.N.’s own member states.” To show the global community [...]

Two Priests Respond to Emily Stimpson’s Open Letter

[We're excited to post two responses by priests to Emily Stimpson's open letter to priests and bishops where she explained what she feels Catholics need from them now. We commend her for sparking an important dialogue between the faithful and their pastors! - Ed.] Fr. Brian Carpenter of Working to Beat Hell posted his response [...]

A Tale of Two Hearts

Just outside my office, in the upstairs hallway of my home, hangs a picture of the Sacred Heart. Next to it, hangs another picture, the Immaculate Heart. I bought the pictures—antique Victorian prints—four and a half years ago, on Election Day 2008. I had seen the pair in a Catholic bookstore a few weeks earlier [...]

VIDEO: Prayer Rebels Dare Mention God at School

The term “American heroes” is overused, so I use it advisedly here: Students who defy state-imposed bans on prayer at their graduation ceremonies are American heroes. They are “American” because our country was founded by men and women who were tired of being told how or when they were allowed to pray. They are “heroes” [...]


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