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9 Quotes on the Dignity and Value of Women in the Catholic Church

9 Quotes on the Dignity and Value of Women in the Catholic Church

Listers, the Catholic Church has often been accused by her opponents as a misogynistic institution; however, this false accusation can be easily refuted by a careful look at what the Church actually teaches on the dignity of women. I believe that the reason for this misguided accusation streams from a faulty view of service and...
8 Prayers to Help You through the Workday.

8 Prayers to Help You through the Workday.

Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being loved... From the desire of being extolled ... From the desire of being honored ... From the desire of being praised ...
Spiritual Things in Material Things: 5 Quotes from St. John Chyrsostom on the Sacraments

Spiritual Things in Material Things: 5 Quotes from St. John Chyrsostom on the Sacraments

Listers, the sacraments are an essential element to the birth, growth, and transformation of every Catholic believer. We are in some way affected by each of these sacraments every day of our lives. We are reborn in baptism, we are overshadowed by the Holy Spirit at confirmation, we are fed by our Lord in the...
"Who is the Catholic Writer in America?" and 10 Other Questions with Tuscany Press

“Who is the Catholic Writer in America?” and 10 Other Questions with Tuscany Press

Listers, recently I have discovered a new outlet of Catholic media that is fighting against the current crisis of Catholic authorship. In a world where the Catholic perspective of life is seen as illegitimate or wrong, Tuscany Press is providing a means in which the Catholic writer who is “anonymously toiling” to have an opportunity...
Pre-Cana with St. John Chrysostom: 7 Tips to a Successful Marriage

Pre-Cana with St. John Chrysostom: 7 Tips to a Successful Marriage

Listers, next to converting to Catholicism, the second best choice of my life was marrying my husband. Before I converted and before I met my husband, I did not believe that marriage was a sacrament. Not recognizing this great mysterious gift as one of the major sources of grace caused me to think all sorts...
6 Catholic Poems that Testify to God's Love

6 Catholic Poems that Testify to God’s Love

Listers, the Catholic Church has a vast reservoir of beautiful poetry that testifies to God’s love for Creation and us. Poetry is an excellent tool of praise and acknowledgement of all that God has given us. Perhaps not as simple nor as easily entertaining as prose would be, poetry has an added facet that is...
The Edith Stein Charm School: 3 Lessons from St. Teresa Benedict of the Cross on Being a Lady

The Edith Stein Charm School: 3 Lessons from St. Teresa Benedict of the Cross on Being a Lady

Listers, in this modern society it is hard for a woman to understand precisely what it means to be a woman. Women are torn between a multitude of different theories concerning what the true feminine vocation is. When I was younger I felt as if I was being pulled between the “Girl Power” mentality and...
How I Met My Mother: 10 Reflections from the Book that Changed My Attitude Towards Mary

How I Met My Mother: 10 Reflections from the Book that Changed My Attitude Towards Mary

Listers, one of the most misunderstood aspects of our Catholic faith is our fascination and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. I personally struggled against this concept before I joined the Church. After I converted, I still didn’t give our Blessed Mother the due that she deserved; however, that all changed. On my honeymoon I...
Beyond Here Be Dragons: 17 Questions with Catholic Author David Athey

Beyond Here Be Dragons: 17 Questions with Catholic Author David Athey

Listers, seeing books as a means of entertainment or escape is the common misconception of many people because they fail to acknowledge that a book can be very dangerous (sometimes they are dangerous in a good way and other times dangerous in a bad way). All books, no matter if it is either light bubblegum...
Et Vidit Deus Quod Esset Bonum: 5 Reasons to Read the New Novel "Christopher"

Et Vidit Deus Quod Esset Bonum: 5 Reasons to Read the New Novel “Christopher”

Listers, the crisis of contemporary literature can only be alleviated by the united effort of the Catholic community. One of my proposed remedies to this grievous situation is by encouraging (nay, beseeching) Catholic media outlets like blogs, television, and radio to give Catholic writers and artists the exposure they deserve. Today I am going to...
Know Thyself: 10 Reflections from St. Teresa of Avila on the Spiritual Life

Know Thyself: 10 Reflections from St. Teresa of Avila on the Spiritual Life

Listers, St. Teresa of Avila, one of the great doctors of the Church, wrote some of the most beautiful and animated descriptions of the intricacies of the spiritual life. Although some of her ideas and descriptions appear to be strange to the modern mind, her words still have something to give to this present age,...
5 Reflections from the Early Church on Saints Peter and Paul

5 Reflections from the Early Church on Saints Peter and Paul

Listers, on this Solemnity of St. Peter and Paul, it is important to reflect on what their martyrdom meant for the early church. Many modern day academics enjoy setting St. Peter and St. Paul in enmity with one another; however, the over emphasis of Galatians 2:11-14 by modern scholarship fails to acknowledge that even though...