• Two Teachings on Discipleship from Jesus

    In the Gospel for today (Monday of the 13thWeek of the Year) Jesus gives two teachings on discipleship. They are not easy, and they challenge us—especially those of us who live in the affluent West. Poverty– The text says, As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him,... Read more
  • Evangelization’s Essential Ingredient

    Ignoring or minimizing the Holy Spirit’s role in the New Evangelization is like setting out to make fresh bread by gathering all the ingredients and preheating the oven—but ignoring the yeast and wondering why the bread won’t rise. Or like planning a trip by packing the trunk, putting the... Read more
  • Chris Pratt and the truth about God and our souls

    Watch the video. You’ve probably seen the gentleman in the ill-chosen brown suit with the silly blue shirt (white dots!) and the too-narrow collar charm the entire universe in Guardians of the Galaxy. He has a few things to say to the audience at the MTV Awards in 2018, prompted by his having... Read more
  • Why the Culture Wars Don’t Evangelize Souls

      I recently started reading Bishop Robert Barron and John L. Allen Jr.’s book To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age. I’ve read quite a few of Bishop Barron’s more theological books and I own both the Catholicism series and the most... Read more
  • What’s the secret sauce in Wichita’s vocations boom?

    Wichita, Kan., Jun 7, 2018 / 05:00 am (CNA).- Father Chad Arnold, vocations director in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, is hesitant to dole out advice about how a diocese can increase its priestly vocations. He recognizes that he’s been blessed. At a time when bishops and vocations... Read more
  • Pastor Released From North Korea Prison Camp Tells How He Shared Gospel With Regime Official

    Kim Hak Song, an American pastor released last Month from North Korea after spending a year in prison, recently spoke about his detention under one of the most brutal regimes on the planet and explained how he was able to share God's Word despite the circumstances. Kim, who was arrested in... Read more
  • Be missionary disciples, Archbishop Naumann encourages Catholic prayer breakfast

    Washington D.C., May 24, 2018 / 04:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The United States is in need of another great awakening and religious revival, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas told the crowd at Thursday morning’s 14th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. In his keynote... Read more
  • When God Shouts

    This morning I was stressed and struggling with an upcoming deadline of my book and found myself being snippy with people and not as kind as I should have been. I thus decided to go down to the daily mass at St. Pat’s in Malvern to see if I could work things out, and as I mozied over I asked... Read more
  • St. Patrick and Why Mission Matters

    Tomorrow, March 17th, is the feast day of St. Patrick, a saint who is celebrated widely not just in Ireland but all over the world. It is a day of celebration that is marked by parades, bands, music, costumes, green lights, beer, and rivers that are all a feature of the celebrations. Yet behind... Read more
  • Rethinking “Mission Territory”

    In his June 1908 apostolic constitution, Sapienti Consilio, Pope Pius X decreed that, as of November 3 that year, the Catholic Church in the United States would no longer be supervised by the Vatican’s missionary agency, the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith (Propaganda Fide).... Read more