Advent is under way

“Now, before we start, perhaps Br. Josh would be willing to start us off with some thoughts about Advent?” Fr. Drake asked, before a group of RCIA candidates.

Why We Celebrate the Immaculate Conception

On Dec. 8, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (a Holy Day of Obligation), God’s greatest act of mercy for any human being — God preserved Mary, His mother, from inheriting any stain of original sin.

One of the 'Original Four': St. Ambrose

On Dec. 7, we celebrate the feast of St. Ambrose, one of the “original four” Doctors of the Church, along with Sts. Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome.

Defender of Icons: St. John Damascene

Saint Theophanes called his friend, St. John Damascene (feast day: Dec. 4), “Chrysorrhoas” (golden stream) due to his oratorical gifts.

'Inspectio Cordis': First Sunday of Advent

A new weekly web series by Fr. Thaddaeus Lancton, MIC, introduces us to the meditations for Sundays by the Marian Founder. The goal is to allow Jesus to gaze into your heart and teach you self-examination, leading you to a more fruitful reception of Holy Communion at Sunday Mass, where there is a true encounter of our hearts with His Sacred Heart.

Sheer Madness"In a fit of madness, I started running," Br. Josh, MIC, recalls. But when his brother seminarians suggest training for a marathon, thoughts of horrible suffering and misery blazed through his mind...

Sheer Madness

Brother Josh, MIC, sat down quietly on his bed and prayed, “If you want, Beloved, I would run an ultramarathon for you.” Then, he forgot about his off-the-cuff prayer.

The Feeble and the Fantastical Imaginations

Brother Josh, MIC, ponders the various arguments for and against the existence of God, and the study of metaphysics suddenly becomes entertaining.

All are welcome at Mass!

It's Thanksgiving. We Catholics don’t say nearly often enough that everyone’s welcome at Mass, says Chris Sparks. It's time to ask ourselves: Who do we know who, if we asked them right now, would gladly attend Mass with us? Who do we know who probably doesn’t attend Mass because they’ve been made to feel unwelcome?