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A Review of Patience and Humility

A review of Patience and Humility, Will Bernard Ullathorne, O.S.B., Sophia Institute Press — May 1, 1998 So—it’s the third week of Lent and you’re still trying to decide what to take on or give up. Some of our Lenten goals go well, others not so well. If you’re stuck, you may want to start small. Finding a book entitled Patience and […]

"The Virgin at Prayer" (detail) by Sassoferrato

The Art of Praying: The Principles and Methods of Christian Prayer — A Review by Mary Hartwell

“In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings” (Romans 8:26). Why do most people find it hard to pray… really pray? Prayer is our spiritual highway to God and we cannot arrive at that destination […]

One of My New Favorite Podcasts: Good Things Radio

When I heard that Jennifer Willits, from The Catholics Next Door and New Evangelizers, was starting a podcast on her own, I was waiting online to download it. After I listened to the first episode, I checked to see if there was another episode yet. And that’s how it’s been for the last few months since Jennifer and Brooke started Good […]

Edgar Ramirez in Deliver Us From Evil

Deliver Us From Evil Opens Today

Deliver Us From Evil opens today (7/2/14) and will “deliver” an R-rated supernatural thriller that combines a perfect blend of faith, redemption and the sheer horror of evil.  It is the real -life horror and conversion story of New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (played brilliantly by Eric Bana). Sarchie is a fallen-away Catholic with a young believing family who […]

The Beggar’s Banquet — A Review by Mary Hartwell

The Beggar’s Banquet: A Personal Retreat on Christ, His Mother, the Spiritual Life, and the Saints by Regis Martin Emmaus Road Publishing (January 17, 2014) ISBN-10: 1940329140 ISBN-13: 978-1940329147 Have you ever thought of yourself as a beggar? Being a beggar conjures up unpleasant visions associated with lack of material possessions and lack of hope. This is far from the vision […]

Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly star as Noah and his wife "Naamah"

What Do We Really Know of Noah?

When you go to see Noah, which opens tomorrow (3/28/2014) at a theater near you, prepare to be rattled.  That’s what the film’s Director Darren Aronofsky promises and that is what he and Paramount Pictures delivers with their epic and fantastical film Noah. I had a chance to preview Noah last week-end at Paramount studios in Hollywood and speak to […]

Difficulties with Defending Life

Forget parachuting or haunted houses for chills.  If you want scary, try walking into a pro-choice demonstration and saying a few “Our Fathers.”  Last spring, some friends and I crashed a rally advocating for the right to abort babies. I wrote an article about it, “Crashing an Abortion Rally,” and received some nasty comments.  But that was nothing compared to […]

“Learning the Virtues that Lead You to God” by Romano Guardini

“Unless you strive after virtues and practice them, you’ll never grow to be more than dwarfs.” (St. Teresa of Avila) Father Guardini’s  book, Learning the Virtues that Lead You to God, is a re-printing of his book first published in 1963. He was an Italian-born German priest and a successful Catholic educator who won wide acclaim for his teaching and writing. […]