Upstaging St. Valentine

Very few of us will walk up to someone today and greet him or her with the words, “Happy St. Cyril’s Day,” or even “Happy Cyril’s Day.” And surely no one will tell their sweetheart to “Be my Methodius.” And yet, today the universal Church commemorates Sts. Cyril and Methodius, not St. Valentine, notwithstanding the […]

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Real Heroes

When I was a little boy, I absolutely loved sports. All my heroes–Len Dawson in football, Wes Parker in baseball, Jerry West in basketball, even jockey Jerry Lambert in horseracing–were sports figures. Meeting a pro athlete back then was like having an audience with the Pope today–it just didn’t get any better than that. I’m […]

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Catholic Athletes for Christ

I just returned from an awesome conference this past weekend sponsored by Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC). In tomorrow’s post, I will tell readers all about the conference and the dynamic mission and work of this new Catholic apostolate. I mentioned the conference last week on this blog, and one reader asked, “Why ‘for Christ’? […]

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Me? A Missionary?

Yes, me. And you, too. In his homily for World Mission Sunday, which we just observed, Fr. Ray Ryland (CUF’s spiritual advisor and a convert from the Episcopal church) talks about why “Evangelization is Everybody’s Job”: If one judges from the small number of people we Catholics bring to Christ and His Church each year, […]

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Where’s the Blood?

“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” This ancient Christian maxim hits home in a particular way today as we celebrate the feast of Sts. Isaac Jogues, John de Brebeuf, and companions, commonly known as “the North American martyrs.” I remember what an awesome and humbling experience it was to stand […]

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Leaping to Action

Like St. Matthew’s Gospel, each and every Mass ends with a commissioning, as we’re sent to bring the light of Christ to all the world. We’re not supposed to keep our faith to ourselves or under a bushel basket, but instead it is given to us so we can give it away. Faith without words, […]

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