Spiritual Commentary

The Sign of the Cross at the Tour de France

BY AUSTIN RUSE, AUGUST 2, 2019 A friend took me to lunch at the Harvard Club in New York City some years ago. When the food arrived, he looked around at the Masters of the Universe, he said: “Let’s shock the locals.” He then proceeded to cross himself and a say a blessing. I was shocked... read more

THE INCREDIBLE SUCCESS STORY BEHIND ONE COUNTY’S PLUMMETING DIVORCE RATE SHOULD INSPIRE US ALL

BY LEE HABEEB, 7/26/19 Anyone who's experienced divorce knows the tragic consequences. It's hard on the adults, the kids and anyone else connected to it. In an age where common ground is hard to find, there's been widespread agreement in academic and political circles about the importance... read more

How to Popularize ‘Ad Orientem’ Without Disorienting People

Here’s how to better acquaint God’s people with the beauty and naturalness of the ad orientem posture at Mass Msgr. Charles Pope Blog, July 23, 2019 I have written many times on the orientation of the priest for the Eucharistic Prayer. I strongly prefer an eastward (ad orientem) posture,... read more

Only half of US Catholics get Church teaching on Communion, study finds

By Elise Harris, Senior Correspondent, July 23, 2019 Pope Francis gives the Holy Communion to a boy during a Mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart of Rakovsky, Bulgaria, Monday, May 6, 2019. (Credit: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino.) ROME - Results from a new Pew survey show that Jews are the... read more

Has St. Peter’s birthplace been discovered? Archaeologists claims to have found the site

By Jeanne Smits, Paris correspondent July 24, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A team of Israeli and American archaeologists claims to have found the Basilica built over the house where two apostles of our Lord, St. Peter, the first Pope, and his brother, St. Andrew, were born in the fishing village of... read more

Jordan Peterson tells Bishop Barron that a church overemphasizing ‘mercy’ doesn’t ‘care’ about people

By Pete Baklinski July 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – World-famous psychologist Jordan Peterson told U.S. Bishop Robert Barron that a church that emphasizes mercy and forgiveness while not requiring people to turn away from their evil ways is a church that does not really “care” about people.... read more

Do Your Children a Favor — Be a Burden on Them

They may very well get to thank you some day — at the Pearly Gates. Vincent Weaver Blog, July 19, 2019 It’s almost cliché. Those of the “Greatest Generation” absolutely, positively do not want to be a “burden” on their children. This generation of people who gave so much for so... read more

Benedictine theologian calls Amazon Synod working doc ‘biodegradable Christianity’ in searing new critique

By Diane Montagna ROME, July 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A Benedictine theologian has joined the chorus of voices criticizing the working document of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, calling it “biodegradable Christianity.” In an analysis published by Italian journalist Aldo... read more

“Man-made Religion”

By Bevil Bramwell, OMI, July 7, 2019 The above phrase turned up in Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI’s comments on the recent scandals. Of course, its origins are much older. One can find it operating in the secular religions developed during and after the French Revolution, for example. Then, new... read more

The Eucharist

Christ gives us Himself in this wonderful Sacrament The Feast of Corpus Christi The Fathers of the Early Church remind us that the Holy Eucharist is the most “august sacrament,” in which Christ the Lord himself is contained, offered and received, and by which the Church constantly lives... read more

Fr. Augustus Tolton, former African American slave, advances toward sainthood

Venerable Augustus Tolton. Credit: New York Public Library. By Courtney Grogan Vatican City, Jun 12, 2019 / 05:03 am (CNA).- Fr. Augustus Tolton advanced along the path to sainthood Wednesday, making the runaway slave-turned-priest one step closer to being the first black American... read more