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With St. Bernard, finding the humanity in the holy

With St. Bernard, finding the humanity in the holy

| Alyssa Bormes | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sometimes saints can seem “dusty” and not able to relate to us today. Among them is St. Bernard of Clairvaux — a mystic, preacher, contemplative and doctor of the Church.

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Hope in headlamps and rooster crows

Hope in headlamps and rooster crows

| Alyssa Bormes | August 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Well, I got a nickname. It’s “Tortuga,” Spanish for “turtle.” A woman gave it to me on the Camino, which is the walking pilgrimage I’m on across Spain to the tomb of the Apostle James in Santiago.

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3 Reasons Why ‘Vikings’ is the Most Religiously Interesting Show on TV

3 Reasons Why ‘Vikings’ is the Most Religiously Interesting Show on TV

| Bishop Robert Barron | July 26, 2016 | 1 Comment

At the prompting of some of my younger colleagues at Word on Fire, I spent time during a recent vacation getting caught up on the History Channel show Vikings. My friends had told me that Vikings, curiously, is the most religious show on television. They were right.

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The Camino will provide

The Camino will provide

| Alyssa Bormes | July 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

There is a saying that “the Camino will provide.” Having completed our second week on the Way of St. James in Spain, my stepsister, Brenda, and I have found this to be true.

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Cows on the Camino

Cows on the Camino

| Alyssa Bormes | July 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

It has begun. My stepsister, Brenda, and I have arrived and begun the trek from the northwestern tip of France, across Spain to Santiago, the resting place of St. James the Apostle. The journey has a name: “the Camino” — in Spanish, “The Way.”

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Thomas Aquinas and the art of making a public argument

Thomas Aquinas and the art of making a public argument

| Bishop Robert Barron | July 7, 2016 | 2 Comments

There is, in many quarters, increasing concern about the hyper-charged political correctness that has gripped our campuses and other forums of public conversation. Even great works of literature and philosophy — from “Huckleberry Finn” and “Heart of Darkness” to, believe it or not, Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason” — are now regularly accompanied by “trigger warnings” that alert prospective readers to the racism, sexism, homophobia or classism contained therein.

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Winks from God

Winks from God

| Alyssa Bormes | June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Now and then, God gives us “winks” to let us know that he will be testing us, but that we are to still trust him. This summer will be just such a time.

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The perfect host

The perfect host

| Alyssa Bormes | June 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s been a year since my mother died, and there are certain things that remind me of her. The old copper coffee pot is quintessentially Karol.

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Finding a bold friend in St. Catherine of Siena

Finding a bold friend in St. Catherine of Siena

| Alyssa Bormes | April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

With her April 29 feast day right around the corner, it seems like a good idea to talk about a friend.

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Starting at the beginning

Starting at the beginning

| Alyssa Bormes | April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

It used to be that I only had seven siblings, but then my widowed mother married a widower, and nine more siblings became a part of it. Brenda is Jim’s oldest, and I am Karol’s youngest. We had only met two times when we decided to walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, which is a 500-mile trek across northern Spain, ending at the resting place of St. James the Greater’s relics. We will be leaving this summer.

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Bill Nye is not the Philosophy Guy

Bill Nye is not the Philosophy Guy

| Bishop Robert Barron | April 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Reliable sources have informed me that for the millennial generation Bill Nye is a figure of great importance, due to his widely-watched program from the 1990’s called “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” Evidently, he taught a large swath of American youth the fundamentals of experimental science and became for them a sort of paragon of reason. Well, I’ll take their word for it.

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St. John Paul II and the call of Divine Mercy Sunday

St. John Paul II and the call of Divine Mercy Sunday

| Alyssa Bormes | March 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

In 2005, Easter was on March 27, and Divine Mercy Sunday was on April 3. It’s the same this year. It will be 141 years before this will happen again. See if you can recall Easter 2005. For me, it will always be bright in my memory.

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