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7 Quick Takes, March for Life Edition: Why We’re Marching

Today is the annual March for Life. Here’s seven Quick Takes for why we’re marching: 1. Roe v. Wade Really was a Terrible Court Decision Abortion is talked about in emotionally-charged soundbites, and it’s easy to overlook how radical the Roe v. Wade decision actually is. A federal law legalizing abortion would be bad enough. Instead, we […]

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FOCUS’ 30 Under 30

I recently discovered that I had the honor of being selected for FOCUS’ “30 Under 30” series. If you’re not familiar, FOCUS is the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, “a national outreach that meets college students where they are and invites them into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith.” Their 30 […]

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Did St. Joseph Suspect the Virgin Mary of Adultery?

Carravagio, Annunciation (1608) The Gospel at tonight’s Christmas Vigil Mass begins (Matthew 1:18-19): This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.   Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose […]

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Explore Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”) With Me

Pope Francis’s new Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”) was released today. I haven’t had a chance to read it all yet, but I thought I’d try something a little different today. Let’s explore the document together: I’ll begin by posting a few of the passages that jump out at me. You do the […]

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The Council of Florence on the Pope, the Church and the Bible

The Council of Florence is one of the most exciting, and in some ways, one of the most tragic, Councils in the history of the Church. It’s one of the so-called “reunion Councils,” which seemed poised to heal the Great Schism between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church. The first reunion Council was the […]

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“The Immortal Sign”: The Power of the Sign of the Cross

The Sign of the Cross is rejected by most Protestants, and misunderstood by all too many Catholics. In reality, it’s one of the most powerful spiritual weapons we have, as early Christian history attests. Did you know that Christians making the Sign of the Cross lead to a massive anti-Christian persecution? Or that the early […]

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Saturday, Sept. 7: Global Day Of Fasting And Prayer For Peace In Syria

Pope Francis has declared tomorrow a global day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world. I would encourage everyone of good will to join in, regardless of religious affiliation. The situation in Syria is very grim, and prayer and fasting are powerful spiritual tools. Here is how Pope Francis […]

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Waiting on the Lord: A Lesson from the Book of Judith

The Book of Judith is read altogether too rarely. Protestants don’t have it in their Bibles, and many Catholics do, but wouldn’t know it. But it illustrates, quite vividly, the importance of holding fast to God. This depiction comes from the seventh and eighth chapter of Judith, during the course of Holofernes’ campaign against the […]

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Hey, Hays, Kansas!

St. Paul in Athens (19th c.) I’m coming your way today! I’m giving a talk tonight on “The Digital Town Square: How Social Media is Changing the Face of Catholicism.” Here’s the description that was in the bulletin: “Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery blogger and Seminarian for the Archdiocese of KC, discusses how the internet enables […]

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