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A Catholic Man Opens Up About Being “Restless”

“Thou movest us to delight in praising Thee; for Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee” (St. Augustine, Confessions). I think most writers are naturally introspective and reflective.  While in Eucharistic Adoration a few weeks ago I prayed for many things, including strength and courage to stay focused on the [...]

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How We Keep Christ in Christmas

“Actions speak louder than words.”  “One picture is worth a thousand words.”  “Talk is cheap.”  We have lots of different sayings that generally express the same thing–words alone are inadequate to express lots of things, especially personal messages like “I love you.” So human beings in every culture have developed rituals to express the value they place on people and [...]

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The Engaged and Newlywed Book List

Getting married or have you recently tied the knot? Do you have a friend or family member who just got engaged? This book list is your ultimate shopping and reading guide. My husband and I are both avid readers, and engagement gave us a chance to try out a new literary genre: marriage preparation and enrichment. We found a few [...]

Book Review – The Invisible World

How many unfinished books do you have lying around the house? One, two, maybe even half a dozen? I used to think it was just me, but then someone mentioned her stack of unfinished books and I realized that there were more people “out there” that suffered through the same dreadful, almost embarrassing, book-reading experience—or should I say non-book-reading experience. [...]

Now That You’re A Convert

So, you finally got up the nerve.  At last, reservation after reservation was entertained and dismissed, and you took the risk of potentially alienating family members and provoking uncomfortable questions from co-workers.  You decided to become the kind of member of the Catholic Church that will be known forever as the few, the odd, the converts. When it’s used as [...]

An Interview with Catholic Hollywood Director Mike Disa

Mike Disa is the director of the upcoming movie Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil.  He was raised in a large, devout Irish Catholic family in Chicago.  Mike holds a record for the most consecutive Easter Masses served by an altar boy at St. Francis of Assisi parish where his uncle, Father Pete, served as pastor.  His mother jokes that he’s [...]

Refreshing New Voice in Catholic Publishing: An Interview with Matt Swaim

Matt Swaim is one of my favorite authors. For me this is an easily quantifiable statement. It is important that when I pick up a book I learn something new, am given a new insight or dimension on something that I already know or in some way am edified. Swaim delivers on all counts. Matt’s first book, The Eucharist and [...]

A Channel of Grace and the Brown Scapular

David was 17 years old the summer he started working in the plastics factory, which was owned by his uncle. He took this job in between his junior and senior years of high school hoping to maximize earnings for college, which was just a year away. He also hoped that he would learn something about business. He did that, and more. [...]

What Others Think of Us

I have had several recent conversations with friends and professional acquaintances on the subject of openly sharing our Catholic faith.  I was a little surprised at how many of them expressed strong reluctance to being open about their beliefs.  The reasons given included “We are not allowed to do that at work,” “I don’t want to offend anyone” and “I [...]