Archbishop Aquila

Our Shepherd

Archbishop Aquila

Searching for meaning–the call to be holy

November 17, 2014

Our young people need to hear about “the greatness, uniqueness and courage of the first evangelizers of this country, those who were the extraordinary pioneers of faith,” Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the papal nuncio to the United States, said this past week at the bishops’ meeting in Baltimore. I was struck by how true the… Read more »

George Weigel

The Catholic Difference

George Weigel

Lessons from Dietrich von Hildebrand

November 20, 2014

Dietrich von Hildebrand (1889-1977) was a German Catholic philosopher, part of a circle of thinkers that first formed around Edmund Husserl, founder of the philosophical method known as “phenomenology.” Others in that circle included Max Scheler, on whom Karol Wojtyla (St. John Paul II) wrote his second doctoral thesis, and Edith Stein, now St. Teresa… Read more »

Matt and Mindy Dalton

Marriage Missionaries

Matt and Mindy Dalton

When our idea of ‘getting ahead’ changed

November 11, 2014

During the first five years of our marriage, our relationship could be described as utilitarian; what’s in it for me? And that is the opposite of love. We both worked fulltime. Matt was in sales, 100 percent commission. Thoughts of meeting his quota and counting the days of the month consumed him. Mindy was a… Read more »

Are we a culture that can’t escape zombies?

October 30, 2014

Denver's 9th annual Zombie Crawl parades up the 16th Street Mall Oct. 18.

One of the signs that we live in a culture of death is our obsession with “dead things” like zombies. The presence of these “undead” or “living dead” is ubiquitous, pervading books, video games, TV and movies. Lest we are tempted to think these creatures a passing fad, the economics say otherwise: they generate an… Read more »

Larry Smith

Call to Charity

Larry Smith

The most charitable act in the world

November 18, 2014

A man at Samaritan House said recently that the homeless shelter helped him find a job by providing “a place to sleep, a place to shower, a place to get groomed for a job interview (and) a sack lunch to take” for the day. That’s what we do at Catholic Charities. Jesus Christ died on… Read more »

Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Making Sense of Bioethics

Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Of proxies and POLSTs: The good and the bad in end-of-life planning

September 16, 2014

Planning for end-of-life situations is important. We should put in place an advance directive before our health takes a serious turn for the worse and we are no longer able to indicate our own wishes or make our own decisions. Advance directives can be of two types: living wills and health care agents. The best… Read more »

Chris Stefanick

Real Life Catholic

Chris Stefanick

Dark Horse

August 28, 2014

Hip-hop and rap “love songs” seem to be ever more about the person singing or rapping, and about their sexual prowess, power, or wealth (aka “bling”), than about the object of their affection. It’s so self-absorbed it’s embarrassing, or at least it would be if their fan base took the time to think critically about… Read more »

Don’t forget your angel

October 21, 2014

Many of us forget, apart from the rosary, the month of October is also dedicated to the holy angels. Some are unaware of this supernatural reality, or relegate it to cute little images of angels who spend eternity sitting comfortably on billowing white clouds strumming on a harp; or childlike angels who swoop around, giggling… Read more »

Guest Column

Tina McCormick

A saint for everybody

October 30, 2014

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All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, the faithful pay tribute to canonized saints—those believed to already be in heaven based on a life “lived in fidelity to God’s grace” (CCC, No. 828). While All Saints’ Day is traditionally recognized as a holy day of obligation, it is not this year since it falls on a Saturday,… Read more »