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On the Cigar: A Theological Reflection

by John Goerke My mother, so it seems, has no one to blame but herself for planting the seeds that have grown into my love for cigars. My youth was not spent in their presence, not did she ever speak to me of their virtues. But she did, on more than one occasion, present to my eyes the monster that...

Alive With Him: Living the Reality of the Resurrection

Yesterday, Christians around the world joyfully celebrated Easter--- the highest and holiest feast of the liturgical year. We celebrated Christ's triumph over death, sin, and hell through his glorious resurrection. It was a happy day, indeed! But Easter isn't just an important liturgical feast, it is a reality to be lived. Today, I want to examine how living in the light of the...

Follow Me: The Passion of Christ and True Leadership

Jesus has set his heart on his passion and death in Jerusalem with a single minded determination. He knows the pain and sorrow that  await him when he enters the gates of the Holy City. With a heavy heart, he warns his disciples what is coming: "Now, we are going up to Jerusalem; and there the Son of Man will...

Catholic in the Cubicle, Part 3: Workplace Conflicts

The following is a guest post by Bob Waruszewski. The workplace can be a harsh environment. Whether you work in fast food or the corporate office, all of us have experienced conflicts with our co-workers, bosses, or customers. Sometimes we go into conflicts guns blazing, determined to win the argument and save our reputation. Other times we let people walk...

A Day in the Life of a Catholic Police Officer

A Police Officer from Wisconsin who recently converted to the Catholic Faith kindly shared his thoughts about life as a city cop and how the Faith influences his day-to-day life. This post originally appeared at Cream City Catholic and it  is reprinted with permission. I imagine there is no such thing as a “typical day” for a cop, but as...

Blessed Beans: How the Pope Baptized Coffee

I love coffee, and there are few things I enjoy more than a rich cup of the blessed brew. But my affection for this drink goes beyond preference and borders on necessity---for when the alarm goes off and I pry myself out of bed each morning, coffee is the only thing that can restore my humanity and keep me from...

St. Maximilian Kolbe on How to Have Heaven on Earth

Have you ever wondered what Heaven is like? I have. I mean, we talk about it all the time, but when we get down to it, we don't know that much about it. We do know that we will behold God face to face there, and we also know that we will find the fulfillment of all our deepest longings....

Should Catholics Cuss?

Recently, a horribly raunchy movie made national headlines because it contained over 500 uses of the f-word. Yeah, it was obscenely obscene, and obviously, that level of profanity is unusual. But the fact is, vulgarities are becoming commonplace in music, movies, literature, and everyday language. This growing trend raises the question--- is profanity a sin? Is it morally wrong to use words...

Get Your Beard On: A Call to Untrimmed Spirituality in a Clean-Shaven World

The following is a guest post from Tyler Blanski---a writer who possesses a beard of medieval proportions. Tyler is the author of When Donkeys Talk and Mud and Poetry. From bearded indie rockers to hipster barkeeps, facial hair is in. And with it come rumors of a holy renaissance. Men and women everywhere are rediscovering the hairy lore of church history, the...

A Unique Opportunity: 33 Days to Morning Glory

I just wrote about my devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and today, I'd like to share a Marian devotion that can help you grow closer to Jesus. It's Marian consecration using the bestselling book 33 Days to Morning Glory. (Believe it or not, there's already 2 million copies of this book in print.) If you'd like to learn more...

The Other Woman in My Life

Men, I have a confession to make: There's another woman in my life. She's beautiful, faithful, holy and strong, and I love her more all the time. Don't worry, you don't have to tell my wife--- she already knows. I'm talking about the Blessed Virgin Mary. Brothers, despite what you may think, you need to be devoted to Our Lady....