Fr. James Martin: Hate confession? Here’s why you should reconsider.


I have a Catholic friend who hates confession. I am not going to break any confidences, but my friend despises confession so much that he hasn’t gone for a decade. He has offered several reasons why he doesn’t go to what is formally called the sacrament of reconciliation. He is afraid that his sins are now too much to confess all at once; he is frightened of what the priest might say (he’s had a few bad experiences); and he is too busy.

My friend is not the only person I’ve met who feels this way. Several years ago, while directing a retreat, I met a woman who said that she hadn’t gone for 20 years. Her reason was also an unpleasant experience with a priest during the sacrament. As I recall, he berated her for not coming in more frequently.

In response, I asked her: “If you had a bad experience with a physician, would you would never see a physician again?”

To continue reading this article by Fr. James Martin click here.

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Engaging Wonder: A Christian Path to Wholeness



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How Catholics Approach Scripture

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz and Chancellor Dr. Brian Reynolds discuss how Catholics approach Scripture.

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Pope Francis invites us to celebrate St Valentine’s Day


In his document on The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), Pope Francis refers directly to St Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to make the most of traditional religious practices, invite couples to grow in love and help their children to prepare for their future married life.

Read the full article here, to find out how to get flyers with ideas on how to mark St Valentine’s Day and gift tokens that people can give to their loved ones.


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Praying with the Popes


Catechist Credit: 6 hours of in the area of Spiritual Formation

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A Day of Reflection for Lay Ministers


Friday March 24, 2017:  Saint Meinrad will host a day of reflection for lay ministers. Dr. Barbara Sutton will provide insight into how those living the vocation of a lay ecclesial minister interpret their experience, especially in light of the 10th anniversary of the publication of the document Co-Workers in the Vineyard.  The Words and Images exhibit, on display in the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Library, will provide a starting point for reflection by engaging the imagination through an artistic process of collaging and writing. Participants will practice exploring their experiences of ministry through the creative use of words and images.  The day of reflection will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central Time, at the Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center. Parking is available in the Guest House parking lot.  The registration cost of $25 includes lunch, refreshments and retreat materials. A registration form can be found at: or

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Upcoming February Classes


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Vatican Museums open doors wider with mobile-friendly website


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By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In an effort to share its masterpieces with even more people around the world, the Vatican Museums has established a YouTube channel and revamped its website to offer high-resolution images and mobile-friendly information.

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Free Webinars from OSV

Free Saintly Secrets: St. Thomas Aquinas
Presented by author and writer, Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Join us as Woodeene Koenig-Bricker, author and writer, delves deep into the lives of saints. 
The focus for January will be St. Thomas Aquinas.  He was called “a dumb ox” and thought to be “slow” by his fellow students, but he is now honored as one of the greatest theologians of all times.Tune in to learn about the life, times, and lessons of our January saint.
Jan. 17, 2017: 2-3 p.m. Eastern
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Free Why We All Need to March for Life
Presented by Teresa Tomeo, internationally acclaimed TV and radio personality, and “Eye on Culture” columnist for OSV Newsweekly
Topics Teresa will cover include:
  • Why the March for Life is so important, especially in 2017.
  • How one person can make a difference in the fight for life.
  • How the March for Life can jump-start your faith life and understanding of Church teaching regarding the dignity of the human person.
  • Why the March is an important witness to family, friends, and even foes.
  • What we can each do to spread the word about the March for Life?
Teresa will be joined by special guest, Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life.
Jan. 18, 2017: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Eastern
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Free Love One Another
Presented by writer, author and lecturer, Lorene Duquin
As we approach the inauguration of our new president, we must ask ourselves how we can bridge the continuing divisions in our country.  How can we restore peace in our relationships among people with whom we disagree?  How do we follow the central teaching of Jesus Christ to love one another (John 13:34)?  In this webcast, we will explore these difficult questions and help each of us build bridges of love.
Join us for this free webcast as Lorene shares her thoughts on this important and timely topic.
Jan. 18, 2017: 2-3 p.m. Eastern
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Free Hospitality Ministry
Presented by Scott Vaughan
Join us for a free, ecumenical webcast with communication expert, Scott Vaughan.  In this webcast, Hospitality Ministry, participants will learn:
  • The difference between usher and greeter ministries
  • How to have an effective Welcome Center
  • How the role of Hospitality Ministry fits within the linear communication system to help guests feel welcome. 
This webcast is based on the model Scott Vaughan uses for on-site hospitality ministry training events across North America.
Jan. 19, 2017: 10-11 a.m. Eastern
Jan. 19, 2017: 2-3 p.m. Eastern



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Actor, Andrew Garfield, falling in love with Jesus.

To prepare to play a Jesuit priest in Silence Andrew Garfield trained with Fr. James Martin and did The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola (more in our book). America: Andrew Garfield didn’t expect to fall in love with Jesus.  The Catholic Catalogue has posted two great videos to their blog.  Watch the videos here.

Andrew Garfield and Amy Adams


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