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Roasted Potato, Bacon, and Kale Salad

It was supposed to be a simple dinner. It was supposed to be quick, easy, and nothing about which I had to fret my little head . . . which is full up with fret these days because, as usual, I’ve taken on too much work. Supposed to be, supposed to be, supposed to be. Actually, in one way, it was simple. It was simply a disaster ...
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Called to Holiness, Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:48, universal call to holiness, the fulfillment of all desire

Building the Kingdom: The Mission of Jesus

While the death and Resurrection are the most crucial chapters in the story of Jesus, he did a lot more with his life than offer it up on the Cross. In fact, we won’t fully appreciate the significance of his death on Good Friday until we understand the mission that ... Read More
These Beautiful Bones, Emily Stimpson Chapman, theology of the body

What Modernism Gets Wrong about the Body

As modernism sees it, the human body is nothing more than matter, to be molded, manipulated, and used. Devoid of divine purpose or meaning, it’s left for each of us, as individuals, to decide what we want to do with our body. We can ignore it and neglect it, or ... Read More

Theology of the Body Beyond the Bedroom

Right now, a good many minds are at work fleshing out the theology of the body’s theological and philosophical subtleties: how it builds on Karol Wojtyla’s earlier scholarship, how it responds to Scheler, how Garrigou-Lagrange’s influence runs through it. That’s good. Those discussions are important and necessary. We need them ... Read More

The Incredible Unity of the Mass

What a blessing, what a privilege, to think of the Eucharist as it is celebrated around the world, and to experience participation in the sacrament. One Mass for the vast diversity of humanity. There is this unity of the body of Christ, no matter where in the world we find ... Read More
Rachael Marie Collins, Called by God, Vocations Week

How Do I Know If I Have a Vocation?: Guidance in Confusion

One of the reasons it took me so long to discern my vocation was that I was constantly looking for absolute certainty about whether or not I was called. I was told to consider whether I was “called” but I wasn’t sure what that “calling” looked or felt like. I ... Read More
Called by God, Rachael Marie Collins, National Vocations Week

Advice for Women Discerning Religious Life

The best way to discern whether you are called to religious life is to prepare for religious life. In the same way that an athlete prepares for a competition, or a student for university study, you can begin readying yourself now for religious life ... Read More

Augustine on the Eucharist

There’s no theologian more famous or more influential in the West than Augustine of Hippo. The story of his conversion, the Confessions, is one of the most famous Christian books outside the Bible itself, and simply taken as literature, it’s a masterpiece. Many critics would say it’s the first real ... Read More
Mike Aquilina, Eucharist foretold

A Pure Sacrifice: Why the Mass Isn’t Just Symbolic

Whenever the early Christians talked about the Mass, that prophecy from Malachi was sure to come up. The Mass, they believed, was its obvious fulfillment.   Malachi looked at the future and saw no more sacrifices at the Temple. Instead, the whole world was making a pure offering to the God ... Read More

The Lost Prophecy of the Eucharist

The new day dawns first on Kiribati. It has to start somewhere, and the International Date Line makes a sudden dodge to the east to avoid slicing this sprawling chain of coral atolls in two with the blade of the calendar. It’s a country with a Catholic majority, and as ... Read More

Letting Go of Affection for Sin

I loved studying the teachings of the greatest doctors of the church in the area of spirituality. It took me a long time from starting with John of the Cross and working through all six of the doctors I present in The Fulfillment of All Desire but I can’t tell ... Read More