5 Ways to Get Spiritually Fit in 2016

The year 2016 is upon us, and you know what that means – it’s time to make your New Year’s resolutions. As you’re choosing your new fitness program and life style improvements don’t forget to include a spiritual component to your New Year’s checklist. After all, there is nothing more important than your spiritual well-being. … Read more…

Pope Francis’ Top 10 Tweets of 2015

Pope Francis has tweeted a lot of inspiring things in 2015. Here are our favorites: 1. 2.3.4.5.6. 7.8.9.10.    

What Does Star Wars Have To Do With Scripture?

Star Wars Episode VII is the movie that I’ve been waiting for since roughly 1997, or whenever it was that I saw Return of the Jedi for the first time and wondered when the next installment would arrive. Star Wars completely enthralled me from the very first moment that I saw that epic narrative text … Read more…

The Use of Animal Imagery in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” -Socrates When reading “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” one is struck by its multiple uses of animal imagery. The mother’s kerchief looks “like a rabbit’s ears,” the grandmother’s valise looks “like the head of a hippopotamus,” her touch on the Misfit’s shoulder caused him to spring … Read more…

Practice Makes Perfect: Fundamentals to Make You a Slugger at Holiness

How do you become a saint? This question was once posed to St. Thomas Aquinas who responded, rather bluntly, “Will it!” As terse as it is, Aquinas’ answer is perfect. Sanctity is fundamentally simple in essence – if you choose to do holy things you will inevitably grow in holiness. The problem of course is … Read more…

The Paradoxical Kingship of Christ

Today is the climactic finale of the Church’s liturgical season, the Solemnity of Christ the King. Next Sunday we will inaugurate a new liturgical year that begins with the joyful anticipation of Advent. The solemnity of Christ the King has always held great personal significance for me and is, in some ways, my favorite feast of … Read more…

5 Flannery O’Connor Stories That Everyone Should Read

“All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.” These words of Flannery O’Connor give us the interpretive key to understanding her fiction. At the heart of all of her short stories is a moment of grace, where a character is faced with a decision to either accept or … Read more…

The 3 Most Important Things to Remember When Thinking About the Synod

In case you’ve somehow managed to avoid hearing about it, there happens to be a synod of bishops in Rome right now discussing “the vocation and mission of the family in the contemporary world.” Pope Francis has called this gathering because he wants the help of his fellow bishops to make a statement to the … Read more…

The Chicago Cubs and the Virtue of Hope

The wait is over! For the first time in seven years the Chicago Cubs are in the playoffs and one step closer to winning the World Series; a feat that has escaped them for over a century. Cubs fans finally have something to cheer about. With manager Joe Maddon at the helm and the sensational … Read more…

10 Novels Every Catholic Should Read

Have you been searching for your next favorite novel? Look no further! Here are ten novels every Catholic should read. You’ll notice that there is no mention of Chesterton, Lewis, or Tolkien. I left their works out, because most people have already read them. Enjoy! 1. Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor In her first novel, O’Connor … Read more…