• Catholic Spirituality: An essay by Dr. Thomas Howard

    Editor’s note: The following essay by Dr. Thomas Howard, who died this past week at the age of 85, was originally a lecture given at Gordon College in June 1995.  It appears in the collection The Night Is Far Spent: A Treasury of Thomas Howard. My guess is that a great... Read more
  • “The Catholic Church Saved My Marriage – And Possibly My Life”

    American Catholics have grown accustomed, over the last 30 or 40 years, to the wonderful and moving stories of those who have converted to the Catholic faith, particularly from various Protestant denominations. Some of these stories have become quite well known, such as that of Scott and... Read more
  • A Friend and Mentor: Remembering Tom Howard

    Friends are not usually mentors.  Relationships with friends are horizontal relationships between equals; relationships with mentors are vertical relationships with role models.  I have had many friends and many mentors but only three people in my life have been both friends and... Read more
  • I’ve Been Becoming Catholic All My Life

    There has never been a time in my life when I was not surrounded by a faith centered on the Eucharist/Lord’s Supper/Breaking of Bread. I would eventually come home to the fullness of this faith. I was born in Syracuse, New York, the second of three sons in my family. My parents had an... Read more
  • What I Learned from Amy Coney Barrett

    Over the past week, scores of articles have been published on various aspects of Amy Coney Barrett’s character—her fitness as a judicial nominee, her acumen as a scholar, and her unapologetic commitment to the Catholic faith. But long before I had reason to consider any of these qualities,... Read more
  • A Christian convert from Iran: “The Bible is all that I have”

    Seyed Mohammad Mahdi comes originally from Iran, a country in which religious freedom does not exist and where possession of a Bible can mean a death sentence. Mahdi was forced to leave Iran and is now living as a refugee in Spain. He shares his personal witness in an interview with Aid to the... Read more
  • A Meandering Journey from Atheism to Catholicism

    I was born in 1962 in Abilene, Texas. My father was a Nike missile radar operator in the Army, raised in the Baptist tradition, and my mother was raised Methodist. My dad got out of the Army, and we moved to Dallas when I was a year old. My dad entered the new field of computer programming and... Read more
  • Norwalk priest mourned after sudden passing: ‘He died doing what he loved’

    After being brought into this world against the odds, losing his father at 8 years old, and surviving a battle with cancer, Father Adrian San Juan knew one thing for certain: that he would “rather be with the Lord.” That attitude — and memories of the young priest’s zeal for Christ... Read more
  • Mom of Carlo Acutis: Teen computer whiz was an ‘influencer’ for God

     Venerable Carlo Acutis, who will be beatified in Assisi Oct. 10, is an example of a teen who used the internet to “influence” people to draw closer to God, his mother said. “Carlo was able to use social media and especially the internet as an ‘influencer’ for... Read more
  • This Man Met Padre Pio—After the Saint’s Death

    Anthony Fuina of Long Island is a walking miracle. He credits the intercession of Padre Pio for curing him of cancer in 1997. Since then, he's been devoted to bringing others to Christ. He does this in a way that is most familiar to him, through Padre Pio. When a tumor was found in... Read more