Category Archives: Prayer

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” [...]

Six Great Gifts for the Newly Ordained. (and five things to shy away from.)

You can hardly go to a cathedral these days without running into an ordination. Every year in late May and through the month of June seminaries are letting out and bishops are laying on hands. That tough slog of seminary is done—six years at least, eight for some men, perhaps even more. By this point [...]

Memorial Day: From These Honored Dead

  This week at Arlington National Cemetery, in keeping with an annual tradition that takes place on the Thursday before Memorial Day, soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry placed American flags at over a quarter million graves of fallen American servicemen and women.  The soldiers will keep a continuous watch through the weekend to ensure [...]

How to Become An Annoying Catholic (In Eight Easy Steps)

If you were paying attention last week, you’ll recall from  my newsy little post on Friday, that Pope Francis has charged Catholics with asking the Holy Spirit for “the grace to be annoying.” His words. Not mine. “Today we can ask the Holy Spirit to give us all this Apostolic fervor and to give us [...]

A Sinner’s Plea: Make Confession More Available

  I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but there is a video that has begun making the rounds of Pope Francis performing what looks like an impromptu deliverance on a young man in a wheelchair. What starts as a blessing turns into something rather terrifying:     Whether you believe that what you are [...]

A Priest for Forty Hours

This incredible story came to me first via family. St. Joseph Parish in Maumee, Ohio posted this note to their Facebook page on Wednesday (it has already been viewed and shared thousands of times since then): As many of you know, our seminarian Deacon Scott Carroll has been battling cancer for some time. Although Scott [...]

Elvis, Eric Clapton and Justin Bieber Sing to Our Lady

It’s May, Mary’s month. Statues of Our Lady are crowned with spring flowers, and Catholic families are saying the family Rosary every day, as Pope Francis recommended. What better time to share pop songs about Our Lady? Let’s start with the the King of Rock-n-Roll, Elvis Presley. Here is his great old song “Miracle of [...]


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