Gospel Reflection for Tuesday, First Week of Advent

“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” –Luke 10:21-22 The first time someone told me that I should consider diversifying my assets, I became physically ill and wanted to check myself into the nearest Urgent Care. This bruising moment of adult realization caused intense mourning for days of sandboxes and dressing up as Robin for Halloween. When Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Tuesday, First Week of Advent

Gospel Reflection for Monday, First Week of Advent

by Gretchen Pacheco, Guest Contributor to Catholic Majority   When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Monday, First Week of Advent

5 Myths About Unaccompanied Minors at the Border

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by Rhonda Miska, Guest Contributor to Catholic Majority   The Central American children coming to the southern border of the United States have created a stir in the media. Much of what is said about these children and their experiences is oversimplified, misleading, or patently false. During my time as a legal assistant at Americans for Immigrant Justice – an organization which has provided pro bono legal representation to thousands of immigrants since its founding in 1996 – I have heard Continue reading 5 Myths About Unaccompanied Minors at the Border

Introducing a New Series on “Former Catholics”

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Just over one year ago, when Catholic Majority launched, Tim published an article about former Catholics and returning to the faith. In the article (which you can read here), he quoted some statistics from Pew Research: One-third of Americans raised as Catholic no longer consider themselves to be Catholic. This equates to a staggering 10% of all Americans who are now “former Catholics.” That astounding statistic, that one in every ten American is a “former Catholic” stuck with me. Over this past Continue reading Introducing a New Series on “Former Catholics”

Blessed Junipero Serra

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Father Junipero (1713-1783), also known as the Apostle of California, was a Franciscan monk and Spanish Missionary, instrumental in the founding of the first nine missions of California. From San Diego to San Francisco, the first nine of the eventual 21 missions were established. His feast day is celebrated on July 1st, the day he first entered Alta California. Born in Spain, he quickly became known for his eloquent preaching and his unrivaled intellect. He was quite eccentric in his Continue reading Blessed Junipero Serra

How to Become a Lapsed Catholic, and Come Back, in Several Easy Steps

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by Justin Sengstock, Guest Contributor to Catholic Majority   I was flopping at a friend’s Brooklyn apartment for a few days. The Friday I arrived, we had dinner at a pub. Mine was Guinness and chipotle shrimp tacos. We chatted about a topic I no longer remember. Except that it caused him to observe: “We’re both practicing Catholics.” I froze. For the first time in our decade-long acquaintance, this wasn’t true. He wasn’t aware of it. We’d never talked about Continue reading How to Become a Lapsed Catholic, and Come Back, in Several Easy Steps

Saint Stephen (On the Feast of Stephen)

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It is interesting that the day after we celebrate the birth of Christ – Word made flesh dwelling among us, Love incarnate – that we commemorate the life of a young man stoned to death. New life stands directly next to death. Saint Stephen, first martyr of the Church, was stoned to death at the hands of Saul for preaching Christianity. He was the first of the seven deacons and is thus the patron saint of deacons (as well as stonemasons). Continue reading Saint Stephen (On the Feast of Stephen)

Survey Says!: Vatican Survey has Become a Family Feud

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In order to grasp what’s going on with the Vatican survey, the first thing you need to understand about the Catholic Church is that when She says, “a few years ago,” what She means is, “within the past several centuries.” And so it is that She has now asked the bishops to poll their flocks about some issues that have come up that were “unheard of until a few years ago” (their words): cohabitation, same-sex couples, single-parent families, and mixed- Continue reading Survey Says!: Vatican Survey has Become a Family Feud

10 Best Movies About Saints

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I’ve spent the past several weeks watching a lot of movies about saints. I mean, a whole lot of movies. Most of them, I’m sorry to report, are bad. Real bad. Not just in the sense that they did a poor job of telling the story of a saint’s life, but also in the sense that they were terrible movies, and painful to watch. But I persevered, and have identified ten gems amidst the rubble – films that I recommend Continue reading 10 Best Movies About Saints