Criminal serving his sentence with monks pleads to be sent back to prison… because monastery life is too hard Thief David Catalano found living with Capuchin monks at a Santa Maria degli Angeli community in Sicily tough A convicted criminal who was serving out his sentence in a monastery has escaped for the second time… Read More


WHEN WAS YOUR RELIGION FOUNDED? The following is taken from an Ann Landers column. (Date unknown) DEAR READERS: Do you have any idea when your religion was founded and by whom? I found the following fascinating: If you are a member of the Jewish faith, your religion was founded by Abraham about 4,000 years ago. If… Read More


Blessed John Henry Newman was a consummate Catholic gentleman. Reviled by many of his closest friends for converting to Catholicism, he bore insults and attacks on his character with patience and charity. Here is his description of a gentleman taken from his work The Idea of a University, published in 1854. Keep in mind that Newman is here… Read More


In the introduction to this series, I wrote about how each father is entrusted with three duties, or munera in Latin, and that these three duties are modeled by Christ himself. While traditionally associated with the ordained priesthood, these duties just as much apply to the fathers of families, who also share in a priestly role, albeit… Read More


There are few roles as mocked and derided as that of the father. Watch any TV show or movie made in the last 40 years or so, and you will see fathers portrayed variously as buffoons, domineering jerks, or at best, good-hearted but clueless simpletons. What you’ll never see is a father portrayed as loving and… Read More


Of all the problems faced in today’s culture, one of the most devastating is rampant impurity. Pornography is ubiquitous, children are sexually active, TV and movies are filled with explicit scenes, the contraceptive mentality reigns, and the list goes on. And despite popular opinion to the contrary, these sins are never private. How we think about sex affects every… Read More


In his encyclical, Haurietis Aquas, issued in 1956 on the centenary of the Feast of the Sacred Heart, Pius XII offers us several metaphors for the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It’s the “mystical ladder” which we climb to “embrace God Our Savior.” It’s also a “most precious shrine” which contains the “unlimited treasures of His merits.”… Read More


“From man’s sweat and God’s love, beer came into the world.” – St. Arnulf of Metz Ah, beer. This blessed brew is one of life’s great enjoyments and an incontrovertible sign of God’s great love for us. Brewed by monks for centuries, beer has always had a close relationship to Catholicism. In fact, Holy Mother Church has proven her… Read More


“I was sick and ye visited me.” – J. Damien de Veuster (Inscription of St. Damien in the Bible of a visitor to the island) “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – Jesus Christ Imagine an island where people are sent to die of a… Read More


“Behold this heart which has so loved men.” – Jesus Christ “Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, of its very nature, is a worship of the love with which God, through Jesus, loved us, and at the same time, an exercise of our own love by which we are related to God and to… Read More