Category Archives: Prayer

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 [...]

Abortion Survivor Not Intimidated by Rube of a Man.

During an InHuman demonstration outside a late-term abortionist’s office today a woman who survived an abortion and proved she was quite viable outside the womb was told to “shut up” by some guy walking by. Students for Life shared via Twitter: MAN shouts at abortion survivor @melissaohden to “Shut up!” We will NOT shut up! [...]

The Scandal of Death

Yesterday’s violence in Boston was senselessness enough; in the context of the last months and years, it feels like piling on. We are weary now in a way we weren’t on, say, September 10, 2001 (not to over-stretch comparisons). Some days it seems like a great levee is about to break and all the darkness that civilization [...]

Servant of God, Emil Kapaun Awarded Medal of Honor

Emil Kapaun was born in 1916 on a farm near Pilsen, Kansas. In June of 1940, he was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Wichita and soon became a US Army chaplain. In late 1950, he was captured by Communist forces in North Korea and imprisoned—he died in May of 1951. The heroism [...]


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