Culture War Consider...

Love is our story, we don’t need to rebrand it or market it. We just need to live it.

Curiosity, Wonder, a...

In a short but provocative reflection, Prof. J. Budziszewski calls curiosity the enemy of wonder. In so doing, he is drawing a distinction between the desire for knowledge—itself a good thing—and the elevation of that desire to the highest good, one which can then seek fulfillment at all...

Catholic Canines

It’s a very long story, but suffice it to say, my husband and I are planning to bring home a dog at the end of this week. Many people have expressed interest (to put it nicely) in why we are bringing home a dog when we do not yet have and are not currently expecting children. Essentially,...

A Conversion of Indi...

Christ spent 3 years forming 12 men. Those men went on to change the world.

ISIS, Just War, and ...

Christians have a complicated relationship with violence. Our founder (Christ) died by violence in absolute meekness—living out to the extreme his teaching that when confronted with violence we must “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39). Jesus taught us “Blessed are the Peace Makers”...

Pope Francis’ Missio...

By Sarah Summers Granger “I dream of a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything.” – Pope Francis Ten years ago, I didn’t want a transformative impulse. I wanted stability, peace, a small dose of the Holy Spirit – just enough to keep me on the straight and...

Seven More Books for...

The college semester is upon us again, and at most universities the new academic year is either now beginning or has recently begun []. For the returning students, this means a return to familiar stomping grounds and reunions with friends before the courses really buckle down into the semester...

Wake Up, The Glory o...

In his moving novel, Silence, Japanese-Catholic author Shusako Endo once described the continent of Asia as a “swamp” that choked the sapling of the Gospel and made it uninhabitable for Christianity. That image has always haunted me because a part of my own journey — as a convert to...

Martyrdom in Mosul

When I heard of the atrocities happening in Mosul this past week, I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t. This is happening in our world today? I know there are bad things happening all of the time. I know there is evil. But I couldn’t wrap my mind around such brutality, such fierce...

Redemptive Suffering

The fear of suffering, pain, and death may seem like unconquerable mysteries. My time here at CPE [Clinical Pastoral Education] has helped me to understand, via experience, that they are not necessarily things that need to be conquered. No amount of faith excludes us from experience pain,...

Pope Francis’ ...

So apparently I am not the only one who loves Pope Francis! Of course it is one thing to like someone and another thing to follow them and what they ask of you! I was very blessed that his monthly evangelization intention for the month of July was for the laity, serving around the world as...

We Don’t Call ...

Whenever we talk about Mary, we address her with many different titles: Mother of Jesus, Mother of God, Holy Mary,  Blessed Mother. However, out of all these, the one most often heard across Catholic (and Protestant) aisles is The Virgin Mary. Virtually every person that claims the Christian...

Know Mary, Know Jesu...

During my days as a Southern Baptist, my opinion of Mary, the Blessed Virgin, was the same as every other Protestant. I saw her as just another character in the Bible, one who was given a particular task, and when God was finished with her, she faded into the background with the rest of the...

Dear Robert Tracinsk...

I read your article confessing the sin of idolatry by way of mammon. I might recommend confessing your sin in the box where absolution can be administered. It is a great and wonderful hospital for us who are spiritually sick. Mammonism is serious business, just ask the business cronies that...

Theology of Sufferin...

When I was a teenager and with the Boy Scouts (i.e., Venture Scouts), I went to Manatoba, Canada to do a Northern Tier trek canoeing expedition. We arrived at a small town with a population of about 90, and got on a little puddle-jumper plane that flew us over the beautiful landscape and...

Healing the Body of ...

You may have heard about the controversial Cincinnati Catholic school contracts, which require teachers not to publicly support things contrary to Church teaching. If you haven’t heard about it, here’s CNN’s story highlighting all the teachers that are terrified of being fired;...

Oil and Water: Catho...

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about mixed marriages–from friends, from Catholic bloggers, etc etc.  I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a little about them before but always hesitated because I didn’t want to write something like a diatribe, or something painfully...

Searching for Truth ...

“Universities have failed in modern society because of their rebellion against the sacred tradition. They have become monumental pyramids, hospices for the remains of what once was learning, now sustained by growing numbers of administrators and shrinking numbers of teachers, surviving...

Bundy v The Catechis...

By now, everyone has probably heard about the situation between the Bundy Ranch and the Bureau of Land Management. If you haven’t, just Google “Bundy Ranch and the BLM” and then pick your politically biased poison. In brief, a rancher in Nevada named Cliven Bundy has been illegally...

Approaching Dignity,...

Last weekend, I was one of the speakers at a pro-life rally in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. I’d never spoken at such an event, but, because I do believe in the inherent dignity and worth of every human life, which includes the unborn, I said yes. And after all, if there is any topic that can...

Christ Teaches Us Ho...

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps. (1 Peter 2:21) There are many, many lessons to be learned in the example Christ left for us in his suffering and death on the cross. One of those, I believe,...

Book Review: Saints ...

Brandon Vogt has written a masterpiece in Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World (OSV, May 2014). Brandon’s writing and theological talents have been sharpened to the tenth degree with Saint-master  mentor, Bert Ghezzi (author of Voices of the Saints) and Word on Fire...

Nothing Changes

By now, those who have been monitoring the events in the Philippines know that the Supreme Court upheld as constitutional the Reproductive Health Law except for eight provisions. In a nutshell, this means that state-sponsored, state-subsidized contraception remains in place. However, the...

Catholic Youth, Unit...

As I’ve discussed in the first two parts of this series, Pope Francis has made it clear that he wants to see the Catholic youth mobilized, spreading the Gospel, and bringing the truth of the Church to the world. So far I’ve discussed two ways the youth can answer the Pope’s call: through...

Catholic Youth, Unit...

My last article was the beginning of a brief series on how young Catholics (myself included) can answer Pope Francis’ call to be a force for Christ and his Church. Now, I’d like to discuss the next step. As I mentioned last time, we can’t stay in the parish forever. In order to continue...

I’ve Had a Difficult...

Lizzie Velásquez is a 24-year-old American woman who was born with a very rare disease (shared by only two other people in the United States) that doesn’t allow her to gain weight. She has been bullied most of her life, including being labeled the “World’s Ugliest Woman” in an...

Child Euthanasia and...

Last month the Belgian Parliament passed a bill authorizing “voluntary” euthanasia for terminally ill children. Despite pressure from thousands of signatories to a petition requesting that he do otherwise and protests in the country against the bill, King Philippe signed the measure into...

Understanding the Da...

When then Cardinal Wojtyla arrived at the Second Vatican Council, he had one question. What happened? Up until the 20th century, mankind was trekking along pretty OK. Yes, there were hardships, yes there was fighting, but in general mankind was doing OK… at least in terms of 100 year...

Understanding the Da...

To pro-"choicers," they really are more pro-child than pro-lifers. Why? Because pro-"choicers" don’t believe that a child should be forced upon a mother who doesn’t want him.

Honesty Alert: ̵...

In a similar vein to my post about Duck Dynasty and A&E’s clear message to Christians, I wanted to recall attention to this article posted on Salon, “So What if Abortion Ends Life?” and examine the 2014 attitude towards abortion from those who defend it. The piece is just...

If You Let Them, The...

I recently read an article about childhood and play and the increasingly all pervasive place of school in the lives of children. School work which runs all day, followed by extra-curricular activities such as sports, followed by hours of homework, does not leave a lot of time for playing. The...

Why Bother to Learn ...

There are way more things to know in this Universe than you have the brain cells to record, and any one field of human study has probably by this point generated more data than a human mind, with a lifetime of study, could internalize. We should feel small standing up against the ocean of...

Can You Be Catholic ...

About a week ago, I saw an article pop up here on Ignitum Today called Roots, Fruits, and Feminism. I eagerly clicked on the link, wondering what new light it could shed on feminism. (I’ll be honest, I love me some old-fashioned feminist rants!) Then I realised, oh dear me, this...

Simon Says & Chr...

“Eh, Bart, I’m glad you had fun, but I wouldn’t get too into that Catholic Church. With all the sitting and standing and kneeling, it’s like Simon Says without a winner.” – Marge “Mom, that’s blasphemy! I’ll say a rosary for you.” –...

Distance Learning wi...

Holy Apostles College and Seminary (HACS) is one of two non-residential Colleges recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society—a huge honor and privilege for any school making the short list. See that recommendation here. With a robust catolog and an honorary team of professors, HACS is the...

Why I Love the Sinne...

I recently read an article on Huffington Post entitled “Why I Can’t Say ‘Love the Sinner/Hate the Sin’ Anymore.” The author, Micah Murray, is obviously a very caring individual, and I understand where he is coming from. He hates the idea that we would see gays – or...

Why I Don’t Se...

Flecte quod est rigidum. I write inspirational quotes on the dry-erase board in the servers’ sacristy at my parish in illuminated calligraphy whenever I have occasion to go in there. For the Feast of the Nativity, I wrote,“Venite, adoremus.” I am told that a lector, noticing...

Three Ways to Cut Co...

God’s love came to us in circumstances of radical poverty. The Creator of the universe was born in a stable, poor and homeless. How then has the preparation for the celebration of this miracle come to include Black Friday brawls and countless tips to reduce holiday induced stress? We blame...

A Big Round of Appla...

Well, it’s about time. A&E has suspended Duck Dynasty‘s patriarch, Phil Robertson, for his frank Christian commentary on homosexuality. The popular show, which is about evangelical Christians, has been a wildly popular, profitable venture for A&E.  Only now, with the...

Cardinal Dolan, Can ...

So I have to admit I’m pretty confused about something one of the leaders of the Church recently said. It seems to be the thing to do lately, so I might as well hop on the bandwagon. I’m not mad about something Pope Francis said, though. I know he’s been in the press a lot...