Spiritual Commentary

“We Glory in Tribulations” – Living the Faith When Public Worship is Prohibited

By Bishop Athanasius Schneider, March 19, 2020 “We glory in tribulations” (Rom. 5:3) Millions of Catholics in the so-called free Western world will, in the coming weeks or even months, and especially during Holy Week and Easter, the culmination of the entire liturgical year, be... read more

Just don’t take away the Mass

Just don’t take away the Mass By Phil Lawler | Mar 12, 2020 Let me confess in advance: if my diocese follows the example set by the Seattle archdiocese, and suspends the public celebration of Mass, I’ll be looking for a priest who leaves the door unlocked when he celebrates... read more

‘Christian’ Atheists?

A Faith Too Good to Be False By John Stonestreet with Shane Morris, February 18, 2020 Last week, actor John Rhys-Davies, best known for playing the dwarf Gimli in “The Lord of the Rings” films, gave a strong defense for Christianity. Speaking to the Christian Post from the red carpet... read more

February 14th: Saint Valentine’s Day

Long before Christianity began, the day we celebrate as Valentine’s Day [February 14th] was actually a holiday of the Roman Empire, known as Lupercalia. One of the god’s honored during this festival was Pan or Faunus, the god of nature. Another was June, the goddess of women and marriage.... read more

New Year’s Resolutions for Concerned Catholics: A Few Suggestions

May 2020 be a year full of grace for everyone. We’ll all need it. By George Weigel, December 31, 2019 During and after the grim martial law period in the early 1980s, many freedom-minded Poles would greet each other on Jan. 1 with a sardonic wish: “May the new year be better than you... read more

“The Spirit of the Liturgy” at Twenty

David G Bonagura, Jr., December 11, 2019 Of Joseph Ratzinger’s three great works – The Spirit of the Liturgy [1], Introduction to Christianity [2], and Jesus of Nazareth [3] – the first is by far the most influential. Now in its twentieth year, we can take measure of The Spirit of the... read more

The Magic of the Altar Rail

BY AUSTIN RUSE, DECEMBER 6, 2019 To look at our diocese, you might assume it’s on the liberal side. Located in Northern Virginia and established in 1974, most of the newer churches (and there are many of them) are “in the round.” You know the ones—they look like spaceships. Needless to... read more

A Simple Way to Pray Always

Advent Meditation By Venerable Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan After my liberation many people said to me: Father, in prison you must have had a lot of time to pray.”  It was not as simple as one might think.  The Lord permitted me to experience all my weakness, my physical... read more

Post-Christian America?

By Gunnar Gundersen, November 16, 2019 The recent Pew poll detailing the erosion of Christian faith [1] in this country unleashed a slew of commentary discussing “post-Christian” America. And even before this recent round of dire predictions, the term “post-Christian” has been used by... read more

Exorcist Blames Bishops and Priests for Loss of Faith in Eucharist

“The house of the priest is not the rectory. He is at home only where Christ is present.” Patti Armstrong Blog, October 31, 2019 How is it possible that despite the Catholic Church always having taught that the Holy Eucharist is really, truly and substantially the Body and Blood of... read more

Catholic schools must restore America’s faith in the Real Presence

BY PATRICK J. REILLY, AUGUST 26, 2019 “He is truly there in the Eucharist,” says Amelia Shripka. The 8th-grader at Everest Collegiate High School and Academy in Clarkston, Michigan takes delight in the Eucharistic procession that her school holds every year. It’s a “great time to... read more

The Virtues of Reform