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Villains and Heroes Among So Much Tragedy

In the wake of the heartbreaking tragedy that occurred just a few days ago in Parkland, Florida, Jared Zimmerer offers a reflection on why so many young men turn to this kind of violence—and what we can do about it.

Mercy Is Free, But Never Cheap

Mercy, like grace, is an undeserved favor. But while it is free, Dr. Tom Neal explains, it is never cheap.

[VIDEO] Why Lent? Bishop Barron Explains

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent. For so many of us, it means ashes today, sacrifice for weeks, and then a big celebration at the end of it all. But why? What does it all mean? Bishop Barron explains.

How to Get Ready for Lent

We're just one day away from Lent, the penitential season when we prepare ourselves for Christ's death and resurrection. Fr. Steve Grunow offers his advice on how best to ready ourselves.

Is Life Ultimately Pointless?

What is the meaning of life? Why am I here? Today Matt Nelson discusses different responses to what philosophers have called “life's persistent questions.”

Netflix's “Bright” and the Power of Innocence

At first glance, Netflix's new movie “Bright” is nothing more than a simple adventure movie. But as the film unfolds, a message of depth and meaning comes to the forefront. Jared Zimmerer offers a review of the film and explains how the deeper message, whether intended or not, is the power of innocence.

St. Josephine Bakhita and the Door to Holiness

Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, the patron saint of Sudan and a powerful intercessor on behalf of the persecuted Sudanese Christians. Rozann Lee reflects on St. Josephine's story, a saint whose great holiness was cultivated in her exuberant love and humble simplicity.

How to Live a Life of Risk and Meaning

One of the most difficult aspects of life for people to embrace is risk; yet, as Chris Hazell points out, the risk of an adventurous life of meaning is well worth the potential fear.

“I, Tonya”: A Study of Virtue

Today Fr. Damian Ference offers a review of the surprisingly morality-riddled film, “I, Tonya,” and explains the effects of family life and stress on the moral character of an individual soul.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Concurs: Catholicism Is the Science-Friendly Religion

The rise in the new atheism and Biblical literalism have made it a commonplace that science and religion are in conflict. But Catholicism is a science-friendly religion, and many Catholics have been leading scientists themselves. Today Matt Becklo discusses a recent interview in which Neil deGrasse Tyson acknowledges the impact that Catholics have had on modern science.