The French geneticist Who Renounced a Nobel Prize to defend the unborn is on his way to sainthood

The French geneticist Who Renounced a Nobel Prize to defend the unborn is on his way to sainthood

French pediatrician and geneticist Jérôme Lejeune, renown for discovering the extra chromosome that causes Down syndrome, was a devout Catholic. As a Catholic, Lejeune thought his historic discovery would lead to a more compassionate approach to children with the syndrome.  Instead—to his horror—Lejeune’s famous discovery became a tool used to diagnose Down Syndrome babies in…

Spirituality at the Intersection of a Career Transition and the Discernment of One’s Purpose

Spirituality at the Intersection of a Career Transition and the Discernment of One’s Purpose

A Review of Joe Murphy’s Spiritual Lifeboat. I was introduced to author Joe Murphy by Mary Jo Potter, the former Dignity Health Board Chair and a recent guest on my radio show, THE MENTORS RADIO. Mary Jo suggested we meet due to my work over 20 years helping more than 6,000 professionals navigate their career…

BOOK:  Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: Living life as an ‘explosion of joy’

BOOK: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: Living life as an ‘explosion of joy’

CNA—Few young Catholic Blessed are more popular in the United States than Pier Giorgio Frassati. Numerous ministries, schools, youth camps and awards bear the name of the handsome and wealthy Italian Catholic activist who was equally known for his social justice concerns, his amiable character, his boisterous laughter and his accomplishments as an avid mountaineer.…

BOOK REVIEW: A true American hero who exchanged the cape for the collar: Fr. Aloysius Schwartz

BOOK REVIEW: A true American hero who exchanged the cape for the collar: Fr. Aloysius Schwartz

The only challenge in reading a compelling new biography of Fr. Aloysius Schwartz, a Washington, D.C. native—entitled Priest and Beggar: The Heroic Life of Venerable Fr. Aloysius Schwartz— is that it seems to transcend reality at times and bring the reader into the realm of mythical superheroes. However, in reading we learn that Aloysius was…

BOOK REVIEW: Understanding Demons and Miracles; Keys to Wisdom and Reducing Spiritual Vulnerability

BOOK REVIEW: Understanding Demons and Miracles; Keys to Wisdom and Reducing Spiritual Vulnerability

Book reviews of “The Catholic Guide to Miracles” and the “Diary of an American Exorcist” I fully embrace the reality of a spiritual dimension to life. It cannot be proven with science, but it can be observed and for some, experienced. I am grateful for having numerous spiritual guides and experiences over many years that…

Ascension Press Founder and President Matthew Pinto passes torch to COO Jonathan Strate

Ascension Press Founder and President Matthew Pinto passes torch to COO Jonathan Strate

Matthew Pinto, Founder and President of Ascension, announced today the sale of the company to Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Strate, who has become the company’s new owner, president, and CEO. “It has been an extraordinary gift to be able to do the work of evangelization and catechesis as a layman for these 22 years, alongside…

The Great Saint Patrick of Ireland – HIS OWN WRITINGS!

The Great Saint Patrick of Ireland – HIS OWN WRITINGS!

I visited Westport Ireland three years ago in search of my grandmother’s (Cahill) birth certificate. It is a beautiful place on the West Coast of Ireland, north of Galway. It lies at the foot of Croagh Patrick which is named in honor of Saint Patrick, the apostle and patron of Ireland and the Irish race.…

Bible Reading Boosts Mental Well-Being Among Christians, U.K. Survey Says

Bible Reading Boosts Mental Well-Being Among Christians, U.K. Survey Says

OCCatholic—Reading the Bible has had a positive effect on people’s “mental well-being” during the pandemic, according to a Christian Research survey conducted in the United Kingdom. The survey also found that respondents were reading the Bible more and turning to Bible-related videos more during the pandemic. The survey, carried out on behalf of the Bible…

A Christmas Gift: Life-Giving Nourishment for Both the Body and Soul

A Christmas Gift: Life-Giving Nourishment for Both the Body and Soul

The Pontifical Swiss Guard’s elegant “The Vatican Christmas Cookbook” is infused with the Spirit of Christmas with 100 recipes, stories and pictures that are an integral part of the Vatican Christmas narrative. In this beautifully illustrated book, authors David Geisser and Thomas Kelly have again successfully linked our physical and spiritual needs to food –…

Fr. Ted’s Big Trade

Fr. Ted’s Big Trade

Fr. Wilson D. Miscamble’s American Priest was intended to be a critical biography of Theodore Hesburgh, the priest who was president of the University of Notre Dame for 50 years. Notre Dame loyalists who hold Hesburgh in reverence and are intolerant of criticism need not worry: Nothing in the book will lead to removal of…

Did Pope Benedict XVI write new book with Cardinal Robert Sarah New Book on Priestly Celibacy and Crisis of the Catholic Church?

Did Pope Benedict XVI write new book with Cardinal Robert Sarah New Book on Priestly Celibacy and Crisis of the Catholic Church?

CNS—At the request of retired Pope Benedict XVI, his name will be removed as co-author of a book—From the Depths of Our Hearts: Priesthood, Celibacy and the Crisis of the Catholic Church—defending priestly celibacy, said Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Vatican official who coordinated work on the book. “Considering the polemics provoked by the publication of…

The world needs “St.” Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The world needs “St.” Gilbert Keith Chesterton

For those who have experienced the joy of savoring any writing by G.K. Chesterton (photo, left), the following Crisis article is for you—ed.   Crisis Magazine—…I’ve called Chesterton “The Apostle of Common Sense.” I’d also like to call him “The Apostle of Life.” In his fantastical novel The Man Who Was Thursday, Chesterton says that modern…

Make Today Matter: A remarkable little life-transforming, award-winning book by Chris Lowney

Make Today Matter: A remarkable little life-transforming, award-winning book by Chris Lowney

Everybody wants to live a better life. Whether we are graduating or encountering post-retirement opportunities and challenges, we want to stay on track and contribute to what is good, inspiring, and helpful in the world. But how? Chris Lowney, a popular speaker on leadership, corporate ethics, and decision making, wants to share with you his…

BOOK REVIEW: Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox

BOOK REVIEW: Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox

G.K. Chesterton’s brilliant sketch of the life and thought of Thomas Aquinas is as relevant today as when it was published in 1933. Then it earned the praise of such distinguished writers as Etienne Gilson, Jacques Martain, and Anton Pegis as the best book ever written on the great thirteenth-century Dominican. Today Chesterton’s classic stands…

Loyola Press wins Seven Illumination Book Awards

Loyola Press wins Seven Illumination Book Awards

Loyola Press proudly announces seven books as 2019 Illumination Awards medalists. Illumination Award medals honor books that represent a dedication to Christian literature. The full list of Loyola Press medalists is: CHRISTIAN LIVING: GOLD: God Isn’t Finished with Me Yet by Barbara Lee CATHOLIC: GOLD- Living the Sacraments by Joe Paprocki BRONZE- On Hope by…

Catholic Business Journal proudly announces new sponsor: Loyola Press

Catholic Business Journal proudly announces new sponsor: Loyola Press

Jesuit ministry Loyola Press brings its mission of finding God in all things to Catholic Business professionals in its new partnership with Catholic Business Journal. As a Jesuit publisher since 1912, Loyola Press strives to publish resources that maintain their mission–to serve people, listen to their spiritual needs, and nurture their friendship with God and…

Benedict XVI praises Cardinal Sarah as great spiritual teacher

Benedict XVI praises Cardinal Sarah as great spiritual teacher

In an afterword to a book on silence and prayer authored by Cardinal Robert Sarah (released late Spring 2017), Benedict XVI praised the prelate as a spiritual model given the depth of his interior life, saying the liturgy is safe in his hands. “Cardinal Sarah is a spiritual teacher, who speaks out of the depths…

BOOK REVIEW: Camino de Santiago: The Dark Night of the Soul & Emptying Oneself to Move Forward

BOOK REVIEW: Camino de Santiago: The Dark Night of the Soul & Emptying Oneself to Move Forward

In the course of six weeks, author Sonia Choquette’s father and brother died unexpectedly, then she concluded she did not like her husband of 30 years. What was happening?

BOOK REVIEW: Parochial and Plain Sermons, by John Henry Cardinal Newman

Parochial and Plain Sermons by John Henry Cardinal Newman.  All eight volumes of Newman’s famous sermons are brought together in this new edition that is beautifully printed and bound on Bible paper with a flexible leatherette cover and red ribbon. Newman’s sermons are as powerful, fresh and challenging today as when he first gave them.…

BOOK REVIEW: Idea of a University by Cardinal Newman

No man was ever better qualified to write such a book as The Life of a University than Cardinal Newman was. And the subject has never been more pressing than it is today. In this classic, Newman poses a number of important questions: What is the purpose of education? What does it mean to be educated? What is the role of a university? What is the relationship between learning and the life of a society? And where does Catholicism fit in?

The issues Newman examined with incomparable insight continue to be relevant today, one hundred and fifty years after it was first published.