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A German priest’s Advent reflections from World War II

Father Alfred Delp was in the midst of his studies to become a Jesuit priest when Hitler took power in Germany in 1933. Despite increasing difficulties under the regime, he was ordained a priest for the order in 1937. His first assignment as a priest was on the editorial staff of the influential Jesuit publication Stimmen der […]

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Saint Squanto? A Catholic Thanksgiving hero

Did you know that Squanto, the Native American hero who saved the pilgrims from starvation on their first Thanksgiving, was a Catholic? Neither did I, until I watched Dr. Taylor Marshall lay out the facts in his latest Youtube video. Squanto was enslaved by the English – by John Smith, so be exact. You remember John […]

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The final twist to 2016: Starbucks will have Nativity cups this Christmas

This time last year, one of the internet’s biggest arguments was “Red Cup Gate” – the stirring controversy over whether Starbucks’ plain red cups constituted a war on Christmas. Ah, those were simpler times. People were upset that the cups portrayed no symbols of Christmas – but actually, most people were upset that people were upset […]

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Quotes to dig you out of the post-election pit of despair

To (sort of) quote Pope Francis, our election process is beginning to look like “an immense pile of filth.” (Laudato Si, pp. 21) In this post-election hour, we could all use a little hope and inspiration. No matter the outcome, let’s remember that Jesus is the true ruler and purpose in our lives. Here are five inspirational […]

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3 Nun things for Vocation Awareness week

So, it’s the 40th annual Vocations Awareness Week in the United States, and you’re looking for the perfect ways to promote vocations to the consecrated life, right? Well look no further. Here are three things that will help you promote vocations (for women) to religious life. 1. “For Love Alone” – a film about women […]

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Did the Cubs have some help from above?

Some joked it was apocalyptic – the Cubs won the World Series in game seven with extra innings after waiting 108 years to make it back to the Series. Is it possible they had help from above? The Cubs team chaplain is Fr. Burke Masters, a Catholic priest who played college baseball at Mississippi State […]

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Carpool karaoke video with priests goes viral

If you haven’t seen these carpooling karaoke priests yet, stop what you’re doing and spend the next 8 minutes absorbing the awesome. The video features Father Keith Romke (left) and Father Kyle Manno (whose facial expressions are the highlight) jamming out to Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake and Burno Mars – among others – on their way to a Catholic youth […]

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How to pray your loved ones out of Purgatory this November

It’s the first week of November, which means it’s the best time of year, liturgically speaking, for you to shave off some temporal punishment for all your loved ones in Purgatory. In case you’re unfamiliar with Catholic teaching on the afterlife, there are three places for a soul to go after death: Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory. According […]

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Men try birth control, experience side effects, quit.

Birth control is supposed to be the thing that liberated women. We are supposed to be falling on our knees, grateful that science has gifted us with a whole gamut of options that can block our fertility, all at the low low cost of negligible side effects like depression, weight gain, loss of libido, the shrinking of […]

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How Jesus photobombed Planned Parenthood on Google Maps

Google “Planned Parenthood – Denver Stapleton”, and you might be surprised at what you see. The first image that pops up with the location on Google Maps is a picture of the front of the clinic – with a Eucharistic procession taking place in front of it. The image, submitted by a user, is likely […]

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