Is Anything Too Wonderful for the Lord?

Is Anything Too Wonderful for the Lord?

There’s a lot of laughter around the conception of Isaac…some  of it is subtle, and some of it is falling-on-the-floor-laughter laughing. In yesterday’s reading, Abraham falls down laughing when God yet again promises him a son through Sarah.  And if you think about it, you could see why that would be very funny. For years…

J.R.R. Tolkein on the Eucharist, in a letter to his son

J.R.R. Tolkein on the Eucharist, in a letter to his son

“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament… There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death. By the divine paradox, that which ends life,…

INSPIRATION:  ‘Grant me an undivided heart’: first biography reveals spiritual writings of Sr. Clare Crockett

INSPIRATION: ‘Grant me an undivided heart’: first biography reveals spiritual writings of Sr. Clare Crockett

CNA, with CBJ edits—On April 16, 2016, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, killing at least 676 people, including a young religious sister called Sr. Clare Crockett.  Two years after her death, her order released a film about her remarkable life in both English and Spanish. “All or Nothing: Sr. Clare Crockett” now has more than…

When There’s No “Back to Normal”

When There’s No “Back to Normal”

Mind&Spirit—What is suffering? One way to define suffering is the rupture between your future as you pictured it and the reality of what your future will actually be. This is easy to see in the case of the loss of a loved one, especially a sudden loss. The future we thought we had with that…

BOOK REVIEW: Responding to the Universal Call of Grace – riveting journey from Islam to Catholicism

BOOK REVIEW: Responding to the Universal Call of Grace – riveting journey from Islam to Catholicism

While attending the Napa Institute, I asked Ignatius Press’ Tony Ryan for his recommendation on a good book to read. Tony immediately told me, “From Fire by Water: My Journey to the Catholic Faith,” which was one of Ignatius’ bestsellers. I got a copy and found that Tony was right on the money. This is…

CATHOLIC BUSINESS PROFILE: Young Catholic Professional Jeremy Vinluan inspires others in ways you’d never imagine in this tech-heavy era

CATHOLIC BUSINESS PROFILE: Young Catholic Professional Jeremy Vinluan inspires others in ways you’d never imagine in this tech-heavy era

Photo: Jeremy G. Vinluan with Bishop Nelson Perez of the Diocese of Cleveland at a Theology on Tap event in West Cleveland. In an age of enlightened tech communications, when is the last time you received a handwritten letter? For younger readers, the likely answer to that question is “Never.” But what if you were…

Non-profit Organization President Defies Public Perception of Down Syndrome

Non-profit Organization President Defies Public Perception of Down Syndrome

LOS ANGELES (CNA/EWTN News)—Karen Gaffney (pictured left) has swum the English Channel, is the president of a global non-profit, and has an honorary doctorate.  She’ll share her story in Los Angeles this Saturday, at an annual event designed to celebrate human dignity. She’ll also share the obstacles she’s had to overcome. “You see, I have Down syndrome,…