What if I'm Not Even Catholic? I'm not Catholic yet and everybody thinks I'm a nut for wanting to be a religious, but I think I'm getting a wake-me-up from God and I was wondering what you think.
An Evangelical Ignatius? Rick Warren, pastor for Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., has written a kind of Spiritual Exercises for today’s evangelical Christian. While The Purpose Driven Life shares much in common with the work of Saint Ignatius, the differences …
An Introduction to Prayer Prayer is like breathing for the soul. Did you ever try to stop breathing for a few days? What would happen to your body in that case happens to your Christian life when you stop praying.
The Morality of Prenatal Diagnosis Prenatal diagnosis - procedures such as amniocentesis and ultrasonography - in and of itself, is not evil. But it can be evil if the intention of undergoing such testing is to procure an abortion if the unborn child is determined to be "defective."
Shrek 2 Shrek 2 not only recaptures the heart of the first film, it goes a bit further. One important supporting character who starts out unsympathetic not only goes on to something like nobility, selflessly sacrificing his own good for that of one he loves ...
Celibacy Sounds Incredibly Lonely. Are You Lonely? I definitely am not lonely! Why not? Well, first of all on the inside I am not lonely because Christ is always with me. And on the outside I am not lonely because I have many "brothers" I work with who all live the same life …
Prayer to Discover and Follow My Vocation Lord, grant me the light I need to see the next step in that plan; grant me the generosity I need to set aside my own plans in favor of yours; and grant me the strength I need to put my hands to your plough and never turn back.
If I Think I Have a Vocation, What Should I Do? The first thing to do is make a decision. No matter what your age, if you think you might have a vocation, make the decision that you are going to follow it, no matter what. That is something you do in prayer ...
Parent in Training - The Legend of Peabody Like most parents, I was sure that each of our children was the cutest baby in history. But I admit that when our son started on solid foods, there were moments when I had my doubts.
Three Easy Ways to Promote Vocations The Church needs priests if it is to survive. We all need priests if we are to fulfill the vocation God has given each of us. Now, more than ever, the priesthood needs the support of all the Faithful.
Harry Potter vs. Gandalf An in-depth analysis of the literary use of magic in the works of J. K. Rowling, J. R. R. Tolkien, and C. S. Lewis.
How Brides Should Dress Catholic.net would like to share with its readers this weekly column that ZENIT has launched featuring common questions about liturgical norms and the proper way to celebrate the Mass.
What is Spiritual Consecration? It is something private and spiritual between you and Jesus, it is not binding like a formal consecration, but it is a beautiful and helpful thing to do if you think you may be called to consecrate yourself to him someday.
And Also With You When the presider at Mass greets the assembly with the words "The Lord be with you" he extends his arms to all in a gesture of pouring out this wish and blessing ...
The Media's Stem Cell Confusion The confusion is especially likely for those who get their news from broadcast media, which are always looking for the shortest possible way to identify an issue. In a case like the stem cell research debate, one word is key: embryonic.
Should Lectors Sit in the Pews? The General Instruction of the Roman Missal states that extraordinary ministers of Communion only approach the altar after the priest has received Communion. But we must distinguish between approaching the altar and being present in the sanctuary.
Is 18 too Young? Now, there are some seminaries that will simply not accept candidates who have not done a degree. Others do. You will have to search.