Everyday Catholic Questions

Most Catholics, at some point in their lifetime, will be asked by someone who is not Catholic why they hold the beliefs they do. Here is one instance of questions asked by a woman dating a Catholic man. The accompanying responses were written by former president Eliza Stucker and frequently reference the Catechism. Bolded text is the woman asking the questions, italicized text is quotes from the Catechism (always available in the Vatican archives-use the numbers to search). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Uncategorized



Missionaries of Joy

My first thought when I saw this pop up on my Google Reader page was”Ooo, missionary. Let’s read this one”. Of course though, coming from the pope, there is far more in the title than I gather on first glance. A missionary is someone who goes somewhere there is a need, where there is some sort of void that needs to be filled. Here, it is the need for joy, a need that goes unnoticed so often, because we allow its absence to feel normal. Crazy thing is, we are being individually called to aid this mission. If you have time, it’s definitely worth a read. This link is to the reader’s digest version, but there is a link at the bottom of the page to the full thing.


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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Uncategorized


Tonight at CCM!

Br. Dan Horan, OFM, will be video chatting with us tonight at 8pm in the Garden Room to talk about the theology behind his new book, Dating God! So, please come on out to interact with this very friendly friar and learn a little more about this new release!


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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in Uncategorized


St. Jerome Emiliani

Here is quick read about St. Jerome Emiliani, whose feast day is this Wednesday, February 8. The source is

Jerome Emiliani lay chained in the dark dirty dungeon. Only a short time before he had been a military commander for Venice in charge of a fortress. He didn’t care much about God because he didn’t need him — he had his own strength and the strength of his soldiers and weapons. When Venice’s enemies, the League of Cambrai, captured the fortress, he was dragged off and imprisoned. There in the dungeon, Jerome decided to get rid of the chains that bound him. He let go of his worldly attachments and embraced God.

When he finally was able to escape, he hung his metal chains in the nearby church of Treviso — in gratitude not only for being freed from physical prison but from his spiritual dungeon as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Uncategorized


Feast of St. Francis de Sales

The following is a short biography of St. Francis de Sales from

Born at Thorens, in the Duchy of Savoy, August 21, 1567; died at Lyons December 28, 1622. His father, François de Sales de Boisy, and his mother, Françoise de Sionnaz, belonged to old Savoyard aristocratic families. The future saint was the eldest of six brothers. His father intended him for the magistracy and sent him at an early age to the colleges of La Roche and Annecy.

From 1583 till 1588 he studied rhetoric and humanities at the college of Clermont, Paris, under the care of the Jesuits. While there he began a course of theology. After a terrible and prolonged temptation to despair, caused by the discussions of the theologians of the day on the question of predestination, from which he was suddenly freed as he knelt before a miraculous image of Our Lady at St. Etienne-des-Grès, he made a vow of chastity and consecrated himself to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1588 he studied law at Padua, where the Jesuit Father Possevin was his spiritual director. He received his diploma of doctorate from the famous Pancirola in 1592. Having been admitted as a lawyer before the senate of Chambéry, he was about to be appointed senator. His father had selected one of the noblest heiresses of Savoy to be the partner of his future life, but Francis declared his intention of embracing the ecclesiastical life. A sharp struggle ensued. His father would not consent to see his expectations thwarted. Then Claude de Granier, Bishop of Geneva, obtained for Francis, on his own initiative, the position of Provost of the Chapter of Geneva, a post in the patronage of the pope. It was the highest office in the diocese, M. de Boisy yielded and Francis received Holy Orders (1593).
From the time of the Reformation the seat of the Bishopric of Geneva had been fixed at Annecy. There with apostolic zeal, the new provost devoted himself to preaching, hearing confessions, and the other work of his ministry. In the following year (1594) he volunteered to evangelize Le Chablais, where the Genevans had imposed the Reformed Faith, and which had just been restored to the Duchy of Savoy. He made his headquarters in the fortress of Allinges. Risking his life, he journeyed through the entire district, preaching constantly; by dint of zeal, learning, kindness and holiness he at last obtained a hearing. He then settled in Thonon, the chief town. He confuted the preachers sent by Geneva to oppose him; he converted the syndic and several prominent Calvinists. At the request of the pope, Clement VIII, he went to Geneva to interview Theodore Beza, who was called the Patriarch of the Reformation. The latter received him kindly and seemed for a while shaken, but had not the courage to take the final steps. A large part of the inhabitants of Le Chablais returned to the true fold (1597 and 1598). Claude de Granier then chose Francis as his coadjutor, in spite of his refusal, and sent him to Rome (1599). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


Feast of St. Thomas Becket

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Follow link for a short article of St. Thomas.

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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in Uncategorized


Thomas Merton

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Posted by on December 10, 2011 in Uncategorized


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