They'll Know We Are Christians by Our Netflix Queue

They'll Know We Are Christians by Our Netflix Queue

By: Camille Carloss

Do any of you remember that song, “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”?  I distinctly remember jamming to this song at middle school mass … But, you may be asking, what does this have to do with Netflix?  Where are you going with this Camille? Well, let me explain…

A Legacy Worth Fighting For

A Legacy Worth Fighting For

By: Brian Limas

"As I have just finished my last semester here at the St. John Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family in Rome, I am now commissioned to write a thesis that I am hopeful is mic drop worthy. But before we get there, I want to share a little of what has been going on behind the scenes that can no longer be spoken about as if it is not apparent; the legacy of St. John Paul the Great's vision for this institute diminishes by the day. Let me explain.

The Art of Being Present: a Simple Gift this Holiday

The Art of Being Present: a Simple Gift this Holiday

By: Jessica Ball

‘Even as my mind raced with all these thoughts I was perfectly aware that of all the people who visited that show I was the one who most needed to be there.’

I was the one, a man wrote.

I was seen.

As the holiday season begins, filled with celebrations and gifts, I’m reminded of the simple present we’re each able to give. More than eating and receiving this Christmas--and throughout the year--what gift can we bring to every person, every day?

Waiting for "Happily Ever After"

Waiting for "Happily Ever After"

Waiting is the worst. For me “patience” is one of those cringey words, trumped by few others, save vulnerability, change, and humility.  But patience is definitely up there. I’m learning everyday to grow in patience while working as a nanny for two young children, but I have a current struggle with patience in waiting to get married.  In my case, Dylan and I have been dating for a little over 2 years (this time around). Some friends would say 6 years… Basically, it’s been a long time coming and I’m just ready for happily ever after!

Following Him Really!

By: Katie Mathes

After many conversations with my spiritual director on this particular topic, hours spent studying the videos and writings of Bishop Robert Barron, and countless days wrestling with “the really virus”, I think I have come to a point where I can summarize the tips I’ve received, and offer some practical advice for following the Will of God.

 

anding of God’s will for our lives.

Against the Modern Church

Against the Modern Church

By: Stanislaw Grygiel

The sound of trumpets of modernity bursts into marriages and families and, as a result, also bursts into the Church that is born in them. It destroys the moral walls behind which scared people seek shelter. Even many apostles abandon the via crucis or even flee from beneath the cross to take refuge in the hiding places offered by modernity. The worse is that some of them have snatched the trumpets and theologically sound the same pagan hymn of joy and happiness.

Chained to the Truth like a Rock

Chained to the Truth like a Rock

By: Stanislaw Grygiel

Cardinal Carlo Caffarra had been formed by the same experience and he was therefore really the perfect executor of the will of St. John Paul II. The encounter of these two great priests began their friendship without authority and left in the life of the Church indelible traces that no force can destroy because they have been imprinted not only on paper, but above all in the hearts and minds of people.

Why Don't Catholic Churches Look Like Coffee Shops?

Why Don't Catholic Churches Look Like Coffee Shops?

By: Chloe Langr

Why don't Catholic churches look like coffee shops? Why are Catholic churches often easily recognizable places of worship? In a recent video, Father Mike Schmitz discussed why we don't drink coffee at Mass and how the Mass calls us to not simply watch, but to worship. But what about the architecture of the church itself? Does the design of the building where we worship matter? 

When You Were Naked: the Mercy in Modesty

When You Were Naked: the Mercy in Modesty

“Run away! Run away, as if from a fire,” a priest said at a family conference in July, speaking of the desire to show intimate affections outside of marriage. “It may not seem fun, young people, but you will appreciate it later.”

This priest was concerned. He felt moved to promote the beautiful gift of selves spouses experience in marriage, and to protect youth from later regret for having already experienced that gift of self with countless others. He also encouraged young men and women to honor one another’s bodies in their actions. For the body is part of the self; the two cannot be divided. To respect the body is, ultimately, to protect a person’s inmost being.

Man's body is a gift. But the enemy cheapens gifts.

Christ, the Son

Christ, the Son

By: Katie Mathes

In my last post, I made the bold claim that the role of the parent is to reflect the image of God the Father. As such, parents are called to mold their children, with the grace of God, into “little Christs”. If, then, the role of the parent is to mold children into saints, the role of the child is to be “moldable.”