Lapsed Catholics

A “Strong Catholic” Adrift

One of the things I most enjoy during visits with my family in Southern California, is visiting the little beach town nearby.  Main Street lies between Pacific Coast Highway and the pier and is lined with restaurants, cafes, pubs, boutiques, ice cream parlors and art galleries.  The shops are all individually owned and have a low profile, preserving the small […]

New Freedom and New Challenges

St. Nicholas Cathedral - Ljubljana, Slovenia

“What religion are most people around here?” I asked the limo driver in Ljubljana, Slovenia heading for the cathedral. “Catholic, but, uh, well — Catholic,” she replied, obviously leaving something out. “Only sometimes?” I tried to pull it out of her since she was nice enough to tour me around the city on the way to the Cathedral after my […]

Dreaming of the Lamb

"Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" (detail) by van Eyck

“Dad, I had another dream about God last night,” said the nine-year-old son who had an intense dream about the Eucharist a few months earlier. “Oh? Tell me about it,” his Dad asked with a heightened curiosity. “Well, I woke up to the sound of destruction in our neighborhood.  Trees were falling and everything was being destroyed; it was dark and […]

An Invitation to Come Home

"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch

“Thanks for taking care of Duke, we came back from spring break early for Palm Sunday,” Paul said to Susan while picking up his dog. “Happy Easter to you and your family” Susan answered.  She then added a bit defiantly, “But for me, I haven’t been back to Mass in 40 years.” “Why have you been away?”  Paul asked, caught […]

Fr. Barron comments on “Why Catholics Leave the Church”

Well, just recently I got an advanced copy of a survey that will come out in an edition of America Magazine pretty soon… Watch and listen to Fr. Barron’s commentary on “Why Catholics Leave the Church”…. Father Barron can be found on the Internet at: Word On Fire CATHOLICISM Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate […]