Archbishop Aquila

Our Shepherd

Archbishop Aquila

Unexpected Christmas gifts

December 22, 2014

We spend a lot of time and energy preparing for Christmas, but beyond the marketing and noise there is a simple and unexpected mystery we are called to enter into. Mysteries are often this way. It seems that the impossible has happened. The Son of God was born in obscurity, in a manger that housed… Read more »

George Weigel

The Catholic Difference

George Weigel

Francis, filtered

December 16, 2014

About a year ago, I suggested to one of the top editors of a major American newspaper that his journal’s coverage of things papal left something to be desired, as it seemed based on the assumption that Pope Francis was some kind of radical wild-man, eager to toss into the garbage bin of history all… Read more »

Matt and Mindy Dalton

Marriage Missionaries

Matt and Mindy Dalton

‘Silent Night’: more than a carol at our house

December 09, 2014

As our evening as a family comes to a close, look at all of the technology that distracts us from just “being” together as a family. Mindy is searching for a pair of boots online, while Matt is on the other laptop replying to a few more emails. The kids have finished their homework, and… Read more »

Gina Warner

View from the Pew

Gina Warner

He had me at ‘rejoice!’

November 25, 2014

As a kid, I cringed at being the last one chosen for a team or not being invited to a birthday party. I didn’t like being left out. So Pope Francis’ declaration that 2015 would be the Year of Consecrated Life brought back some memories. While I write this partially in jest, the truth is… Read more »

Living outside the box

November 26, 2014

A 63-year-old woman in Denver plans to build awareness of homelessness and raise funds by living in a box on the streets for 48 hours, Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. Oh wait, that woman is me! This year I will celebrate Thanksgiving on the streets with the homeless to let them know I care; that… Read more »

Larry Smith

Call to Charity

Larry Smith

A need to give, a need to receive

December 17, 2014

Our mission at Catholic Charities is to serve Jesus Christ by serving those with the greatest needs: our brothers and sisters who may be hungry, homeless and suffering. But it’s probably those with a need to give who have a greater hunger than those with a need to receive. Think about it. Don’t we all… 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 »