Pro-Choice Violence ...

These men will be saints one day. Indeed, what other movement so calls for and creates saints as the pro-life movement? What movement challenges its people to such radical love, peace, and joy as the pro-life movement? To be Catholic is to be pro-life because to be pro-life is to acknowledge that there is, to quote Samwise Gamgi, “goodness out there, and it’s worth fighting for!

Come Over Here and S...

Rape, incest, and mother’s life…oh, and abused children. Better aborted than abused. How many times have we heard these “acceptable” exceptions to an outright ban on abortions? It is easy to understand and even sympathize with the mindset that finds these exceptions to...

Hidden Light in Syri...

The Syrian Civil War has all but disappeared from our news as the American attention-span ran out. We are now more concerned about our healthcare woes than anything else going on outside of the country. Regardless of our attention, the war still rages on. It has claimed at least 120,000 lives...

Minding the Monarchi...

The Church functions within a monarchical structure – this is important to remember. In addition to this, though, Her system applies to operations in the political realm. There is indeed a necessary temporal aspect to the Church. The Pope, essentially, operates as a monarch. He may choose to...

Good News About Down...

The modern search and destroy mission to wipe people with Down syndrome off of the planet through eugenic abortion has taken so much love and joy out of the world. Not only is life with Ds not as bleak as most parents are told when their child is prenatally diagnosed, but scientists are making significant advancements in the treatment some of the more serious side-effects of the disorder.

How to be a Missionary From Your Living Room Oct20

How to be a Missiona...

Most of us will never go to a foreign land to spread the gospel. We just don’t have the support to drop everything and travel half-way around the world. We put our money in the basket at the second collection on World Missions Sunday but we never see where that money is going. We never...

True Mission or a &#...

By James Franke I’ve heard the argument a hundred times, phrased a hundred different ways. It all boils down to the same basic mentality: short term mission trips, those eight to ten day “poverty vacations” are nothing more than a waste of time and money used to make students, young...

Being Pregnant on Re...

This weekend I visited my parents for my dad’s birthday. Sunday morning the family went to church where my mom and I climbed the stairs to the choir loft to sing for Sunday Mass. It was so good to be “home”–before I got married, I sang each Sunday and practiced each...

Enterprise Ethics

One of my favorite television shows when I was younger was Star Trek: The Next Generation. I’ve been watching some old episodes of the series on Netflix and recently I was very surprised and impressed with an episode called “Ethics” and the way it dealt with the issue of disability and...

Chosen by Jesus to P...

By Joseph Summers Here at Family Missions Company (FMC) we are constantly blessed to see the transforming power of the Gospel! When our missionaries share God’s Word and Truth in sincere love for the poor whom they serve, God shows up and changes lives. This was the case last year, when...

Can I Employ Someone...

Have you ever walked through the city and seen those people holding signs advertising something? They can be found on busy street corners or open air shopping malls. Their signs point the way to a restaurant lunch deal, the nearest bottle shop or cheap parking. You might have similarly seen...

They Are of the Fles...

I am the son of refugees. Almost three decades ago, my parents escaped from the brutal Khmer Rouge (French: “Red Cambodians”) regime in Cambodia. Their leader, Pol Pot, and his ilk sought to turn Cambodia back to a utopian “Year Zero” and impose their Maoist-Communist ideology upon the...

It’s Biblical ...

(This was originally shared here on AnsweringProtestants.com, as part of a longer post.) There is nothing wrong with asking the heavenly saints to pray for us. Many Protestants argue that asking the saints to pray for us is “unbiblical,” while throwing around verses like 1 Timothy 2:5. But...

More than a Feeling:...

By Rebekah L. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Missionaries aren’t always enthusiastically happy. We get tired and crabby. We lose our tempers. We inwardly groan when there’s one more knock at the door. Sometimes the last thing we feel like doing is leading another retreat or helping...

Your Misery Has Disa...

It is at the confluence of hope and despair where the message of the cross shines the brightest, where the love of its Victim is seen in its fullest light. There, Jesus beckons us and at Calvary, he calls out and says, “I thirst” (John 19:28). What does he thirst for? He thirsts for souls,...

Children and Online ...

In our media world children will almost certainly be exposed to images and material that can have a negative impact on their moral and psychological development. Exposure to pornography is one such concern that should be on every parent’s radar. First, some statistics about children and...

Helping the Poor Thr...

One of the constant themes of Pope Francis’ pontificate is his emphasis on reaching out to the poor and the marginalized. Those who are “least” in this world are dear to the Holy Father’s heart and he uses every opportunity to exhort believers to go out from beyond the four walls of...

The Marriage of Matt...

This past summer I was working as a hospital chaplain. As part of this group, my three other peers along with a supervisor would meet daily. Many times our daily conversations evolved into theological discussions. One day we were discussing the commands of Jesus in relationship to our hospital...

A Secret, an Eulogy,...

Here’s a secret: I’m a bad person. On June 5th I found out my friend Kacie died of a Heroin overdose. She was 23 years old. On June 6th, she would have been 24. Why does this make me a bad person? When we were in elementary school, Kacie and I were best friends. We had friendship bracelets...

An Easy Essay

Peter Maurin believed in teaching ancient principles to the man on the street in the language of the man on the street. Peter Maurin believed that the man on the street could understand and believe in ancient principles if someone took the time to explain it to him in his own language. Peter...

How to Invest…...

When Christ was made flesh in this world through the Incarnation that meant that no facet of human existence was to be set apart from God’s redeeming grace. This message is needed now more than ever, particularly in the West, in the area of economics and finance. A Catholic outlook on...

Tradition before Scr...

[Author’s note: This is a post made originally on my blog that a number of people found useful. I’m still reading and studying for my follow-up piece on the “gay marriage” debate. I wanted to present this to the Ignitum Today readers precisely because of the backlash I...

Valuing All of the F...

Earlier today, I watched “Hello Herman,” a movie that explores the subject of school shootings in an interesting format. The film taught me nothing that I did not already know, but its methods of display shook me to my core. While it is not distinctly religious (the main character...

Man Enough? An Invit...

“Jesus is not an isolated missionary, he does not want to fulfill his mission alone, but involves his disciples.” – Pope Francis #Man Enough? from Family Missions Company At Family Missions Company we confidently know that God is calling many people today to proclaim the Good News....

Papa Francisco’...

It seems like every time someone writes a blog or article about Pope Francis, it is all about how he is stepping on toes. Take this piece from Houston Catholic Worker. It covers quite a bit of ground, mainly in the social justice arena, ranging from war to economics to social inclusion. These...

The Convenience of E...

The topic of marriage is no stranger to Americans in recent weeks. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 split decision, ruled that DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) was unconstitutional because it failed to offer homosexuals “equal protection under the law” and that the purpose of DOMA is to...

What the New Evangel...

By Joseph Summers “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and so are the skins; but new wine is for fresh skins.” Mk 2:22 It is an exciting time to be a Catholic! Even more so a Catholic missionary evangelist!...

The Church Should Ru...

Never mind “the Galileo controversy” (a good response to that is here, by the way). The Church should rule the world. One of the things that I have noticed that Catholics seem to be very wary of discussing is the history of the temporal power of the Church. Most of us have heard or read...

The Ethics of Your W...

You’re probably expecting me to say something about strapless dresses and not showing too much skin, but I’m not. Okay, I can’t resist so here’s my opinion on the subject: Don’t be trashy, The Dress is about your wedding day, not your wedding night. With wedding season upon us, what...

“I Will Not Le...

When I first heard that Pope Benedict XVI was resigning, I was in shock.  My instant reaction was: “That’s impossible!”   I knew Popes had resigned before; I knew it was canonically possible; I just did not expect it.  I dug out my Code of Canon Law, looked up “resignation,” and...

Family, State, and U...

Imagine you are the pope. The previous half-century has seen the rise of many radical political movements and systems of thought hostile to the Church. Major societal upheaval is well underway, disrupting the basic order of civilization that had persisted for centuries. The territory that had...

Break Me Open: The D...

Often, I wonder what an authentically Catholic, person-centered approach to evangelization looks like.  So many goods, particularly sex, love, the body, and the family, have been twisted and misinterpreted by the culture.  The truth is ours to reclaim. I still can feel the floor under my...

Paul Harvey’s ...

If you are one of the 3,000,000 people who have listened to Paul Harvey’s prophetic manifestation of the devil’s activity circa 1964, then you might like this new 2012 remix.   Check out the full text @ my blog.   What would you do if you were the...

Death with Dignity a...

Our society is very fond of euphemisms. We like to wrap up difficult ideas and realities with words that make us feel warm and fuzzy, or at least distract us from the real meaning behind the word or phrase we are using. Phrases like pass away, friendly fire, and letting someone go, litter...

Needed Instruments o...

In our current election cycle, perhaps more than any other in the last forty years, we have two candidates for President with stark, contrasting views about the role of government in the working of society. The differences, one would think, would leave a very clear choice for Catholics to make...

The Cure for Electio...

As of this writing, no deaths have been reported. No one has been hospitalized. However, many (myself included) have experienced various common symptoms due to an extremely contagious condition that overcomes our nation in the autumn of every fourth year. I speak, of course, of election...

Called to Love

There are a number of states where marriage is on the ballot this fall.  Some states seek to clarify the definition of marriage by adding the language that marriage is only to be legally valid between one man and one woman.  Other states are seeking to legalize gay marriage by popular vote,...

How to Argue Against...

While the cultural battle rages most obviously around abortion, another threat to human dignity, euthanasia, has been in the background for decades. And while many will concede that the killing of an innocent child is morally questionable, they might disagree when it comes to euthanasia....

Blessings for Fifo a...

“Bless us, O Lord! and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.”   If you can’t find your pet tomorrow, don’t worry.  A sibling, son, or daughter has probably taken it to the Catholic school.  It is not Show-n-Tell Day, rather...

Interview: Rev. Robe...

Support a Catholic Speaker Month is coming to a close.  I am very fortunate to have Rev. Robert Sirico answer a few questions about his life, work, and human flourishing.  I was eager to hear from Rev. Sirico especially in the midst of an election year and with the economy being a large...