Religious Life Can Be Un-bearably Exciting

"A full-grown black bear was looking back at us. He was standing under a tree a mere 30 feet away," Novice Josh recalled, thinking, "Oh, this is not good."

Waters in the desert

"There was something special, something like coming home, in visiting the Mediterranean Sea, the Sea of Galilee, the River Jordan, and the Dead Sea in the Holy Land," says Chris Sparks in the third article on his recent pilgrimage.

The Relics Project

“Would you mind doing a little job tomorrow?" Fr. Jim asked Novice Josh. Little did he know, the task would have a profound impact.

Two Hearts, Side by Side

There's a good reason why the Feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 16) and the Immaculate Heart of Mary (June 17) are celebrated next to each other.

On the road with Our Lady this summer!

Our country is home to some truly beautiful shrines, churches, and places of prayer specially dedicated to Our Lady. And yet we shouldn’t let this spiritual wealth continue to go unexplored, unvisited.

Feast of the Visitation, May 31

According to the Marian Founder, Mary, the Mother of God, gives us an example at the Visitation of how we ought to strive for perfection. 

Mary, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church

Mary is the Mother of the Church, of all the members of the Body of Christ — and she is mighty to help us. We honor her on the Monday after Pentecost, May 29.

Heartbreak Hill

Daily exercise becomes a lesson in perseverance for Novice Josh and his running mate.

The Father of English History: St. Bede the Venerable

Historians and scholars around the world are indebted to the work of their patron saint: St. Bede the Venerable, priest and Doctor of the Church (feast day: May 25) and one of the most prolific and influential Catholic writers of the Middle Ages.

Come, Spirit of Elijah, in Jesus’ Name!

"I have seen the cave of Elijah," Chris Sparks recalls. "Its value is in what happened there, and who visited — the prophet, yes, but more importantly, God."