Category Archives: Youth

Manifest Lessons

January 6th is the Solemnity of the Epiphany.  The word comes from the Greek epiphaneia, meaning “manifestation” or “appearance.”  In the Western Church, We typically associate Epiphany with the visitation of the gift-bearing Magi or Wise Men or Three Kings to the Holy Family and newborn child Jesus.  In the United States, the feast has [...]

Sing We Noel — Let the Christmas Carol Insurgency Continue! (Video)

The word “mob” gets a bad rap, since when large groups of people suddenly coalesce in a public space, unfortunate things often happen. But in the case of a musical or dance or theater flash mob, the result can be lovely. In a world stripped of the sacred and starved for real beauty, the ongoing [...]

The Catholic St. Paul’s Choir School Celebrates Christmas on CD and PBS

Boston has long been a focal point of the Catholic Church in America, for good and ill. But the Faith endures, and now one of its local institutions has delivered a thing of pure beauty for Christmas. Available now for download and on CD from Universal Music Classics/Decca Records, “Christmas in Harvard Square” is a [...]

‘The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns’ — Francesca Says, ‘God Has Used Me to Do Good’

“The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns,” airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime (click here to see the Nov. 25th premiere) is “reality TV,” which is to say it’s hardly an accurate representation of reality, especially the long and largely internal process that Catholics go through discerning whether to enter religious life. The show follows five [...]

The Cutest Thing You Will See All Day

  No, all week. At a school in the Diocese of Lincoln, the students recently celebrated the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux by dressing up as the Little Flower. Bishop Conley, pastor extraordinaire and recent guest columnist at Catholic Vote, was on hand to celebrate Mass for the students, and then stuck around for [...]

The Social Liability

Until recently, I was ambivalent about the redefinition of civil marriage.  My gut feeling – or perhaps it was a default to my parents’ view – told me I wanted to preserve the definition of marriage, but I had no idea how or why.  As a normal college student with plenty of friends and a [...]

“I Like Having Lots of Siblings Because…”

It was June. My phone had a new message on it from my daughter. She was away on mission in India. I gathered the children and plugged the phone into the speaker to listen. I immediately regretted playing it out loud. There was no voice, only rustling around. Then we heard shrieking and screaming. It [...]

Revealed: The Official Logo and Prayer for World Youth Day 2016

Though still two years on the horizon, World Youth Day 2016 is already generating enthusiasm among the world’s young Catholics. Scheduled to take place in Krakow, Poland in July 2016, the gathering will bring one of St. John Paul’s favorite events to his old backyard.  Pope Francis is of course expected to attend. Just revealed [...]


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