Just War Theory and Contemporary Application

"Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."  — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa 

The medical, environmental,
and humanitarian consequences of nuclear war

Saving Children from Scourge of War (University of California Television)

TAPS Good Grief Camp Helps Children

Tallulah Rendall - We Don't Want War Anymore - In aid of the Child Refugees Of War


Eucharistic Adoration

EXCLUSIVE Pope Francis on his love for the Eucharist

". . .The Eucharist is a priceless treasure: by not only celebrating it but also by praying before it outside of Mass we are enabled to make contact with the very wellspring of grace." Blessed John Paul II


"A master theologian offers inspiring insights into the mystery of Christ's presence in our lives. As festive as the film Babette's Feast and as profound as the work of Ronald Knox, this fresh look at the Eucharist brings to light the spiritual meaning of meal, sacrifice, and real presence in our lives." ©2008 Robert Barron (P)2009 St. Anthony Messenger Press -  Audible.com

Current Events

"The Christian faith...is meant to be shared...around the world."
- Fr. R. Barron
Formation for Adults

We are all "[beckoned] to something beautiful...our greatest potential." - Deacon Greg Kandra

"Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and EWTN Global Catholic Network offer several scheduled activities to visitors each day." - EWTN

Church & Culture

The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist: "[T]he Twelve accepted with simple faith a mystery which as yet they did not understand." -  Catholic Encyclopedia

"Without the priest, there is no Eucharist. Without the Eucharist, there is no Church. WIthout the Church, there is no Hope." - Author Unknown


"Musically speaking, one of the most moving moments of World Youth Day was marked by a Vigil in Rio's Copacabana beach. Grammy-nominated singer Matt Maher, sang on his knees during a Eucharistic Adoration ceremony, as millions of youths and the Pope prayed before the Blessed Sacrament." - August 3, 2013 - Romereports.com

Published: 06.10.2012
Updated: 06.03.2015

Loss of Human Dignity

Planned Parenthood and the Loss of Human Dignity

"Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being." - Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 2274

National Catholic Bioethics - Why is the Church Opposed to Abortion?

Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth -- visualized


The heavens declare the glory of God

NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STSCI)

The heavens declare the glory of God: the firmament proclaims the works of his hands.  Day unto day pours forth speech; night unto night whispers knowledge.Psalms 19:1-3

Without faith in a Creator God, one who looks at His universe and declares it Good, how can you justify the belief that this universe is worth studying; indeed, that the universe even makes enough sense to be able to be studied? - Guy Consolmagno (as in Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist).

Modern scholars reject the old idea the Catholic Church was nothing but an opponent of the sciences.  You would be considered almost beyond help, if you continue to argue that to a professional historian of science.Thomas E. Woods

Significant updates in rational approaches to God have been achieved...in physics and cosmology. - Robert J. Spitzer

Fr. Barron on Atheism and Philosophy

The Great Debate: Has Science Refuted Religion?

"Too often God as creator is overlooked..." (Fr. Tito) in favor of Modern Atheism.

Authors and Speakers



Christ is the centre of creation, Christ is the centre of his people and Christ is the centre of history. - Pope Francis 

What Contemporary Physics & Philosophy Tell Us About Nature & God - Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, Ph.D. & Prof. Bruce Gordon, Ph.D.(Discovery Institute)

Published Originally: 05.03.12
Updated: 08.02.2014; 01.22.2015

Human Trafficking and Slavery

Center for Human Trafficking Awareness

"Human Trafficking is A Plague on Humanity" - Pope Francis

“Out of the Darkness”
Refugees, immigrants, human trafficking victims find themselves trapped
Catholics invited to participate through prayer, action - USCCB

Fast Facts

Human Trafficking

  • Human Trafficking in the News - A Catholic Perspective - Catholic.org
  • International Meeting of Pastoral Care for the Liberation of Women on the Street - Vatican.va
  • In the United States, "people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves." - Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Living in the shadows: Religion's response to human trafficking - CBS News
  • Survey: How many slaves work for you? - MadeInAFreeWorld.org
  • "There are 27 million slaves in the world today.." - FreeTheSlaves.net
  • "Traffic of human beings is a $10-billion growth industry" - Catholic Relief Services
  • United States: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • USCCB Anti-trafficking program staff at 202.541.3357 - USCCB
  • College Students Across All Majors Strive to End Human Trafficking - Today's Catholic News

Human trafficking is dependent upon
the generous donations of silence and inaction. ~ E.L.D.

Break My Heart, by Jonny Diaz

Published 09.21.2011
Updated and Republished 01.03.2014; 04.18.2015

Divine Mercy

Celebration of First Vespers of Divine Mercy Sunday - 2015.04.11

Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC: Mary's Gift of Mercy:
The Second Greatest Story Ever Told

Published: 04.27.2104. Updated: 04.11.2015

Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of the Lord

"Belief in Jesus, as God [is a] myth"

Atheists are called to "Make the decisions for the rest of your lives."

"Even when we have everything, we have a deep awareness that points to the need for more."
The New Atheists, Fr. R. Barron

Historical Questions about the Resurrection of Jesus: Special Easter Post and Podcast - St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

They Saw and Believed: Scott Hahn reflects on Easter Sunday - Dr. Scott Hahn

There is More in the Sunday Gospel than Meets the Eye
(Vatican Radio Podcast)

"Beauty now for ashes wear,
Perfumes for the garb of woe,
Chaplets for dishevelled hair,
Dances for sad footsteps slow;
Open wide your hearts that they
Let in joy this Easter Day."
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1884 - 1889)

"But if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead?  [I]f Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins. Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished."
1 Cor. 15:12-18

"We don't realize how dangerous Jesus was.  If he is who he says he is, then we have to give our whole life to him.  If he is not who he says he is, he is not a good man, he is a dangerous, misguided, fanatic."
Fr. Robert Barron  

Franciscan University Presents: The Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus

"We've been able to reconstruct the text of the The New Testament with about 99% accuracy... It is the best attested book in ancient history."
William Lane Craig: The Evidence for Jesus' Resurrection, 2011. 1:27:25.

Resurrection of the Body
"The resurrection of the body is an essential Christian doctrine..."

"The fact of Christ's Resurrection is attested by more than 500 eyewitnesses, whose experience, simplicity, and uprightness of life rendered them incapable of inventing such a fable."
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ (New Advent).

"I found the evidence of...the number of witnesses to the Resurrection compelling.
The Resurrection is established as a solid historical fact."
Robert H. Bork, American Legal Scholar and Law Professor

Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ
"Which theory about what really happened in Jerusalem on that first Easter Sunday can account for the data?
There are five possible theories: Christianity, hallucination, myth, conspiracy and swoon."
Peter Kreeft, Philosopher, professor, Christian apologist, author

Why I Am a Catholic - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Phd. Part 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

The Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ - Part I and Part II
"Something happened over 1,970 years ago that changed the course of world history...
This event is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
Dr. Gary R. Gromacki, Biblical Homiletics, Baptist Bible College

"I became a Christian because the evidence was so compelling that Jesus really is the one-and-only Son of God who proved his divinity by rising from the dead. That meant following him was the most rational and logical step I could possibly take."
Lee Strobel, Former award-winning Legal Editor of The Chicago Tribune

Implication of the Resurrection for Christian Psychology
"The resurrection means that we presently see, touch, hear, smell,
and taste is not all there is to the story of being human.
We are not a 'closed' universe, meaning that God has always been
and remains active and immanent."
Dr. David Jenkins, University in Lynchburg

Against the Efforts of an Ever Reviving Gnosis
"It is very important, gentlemen, to stress the empirical and sensible fact of the Easter apparitions. If we do not do so, we Christians will run the great risk of changing Christianity into a form of gnosis."

Jesus of Nazareth II
"[I]n overcoming death, [Christ] transformed the expectation of the afterlife."
Dr. John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy, University of St. Andrews

Burial in Ancient Israel Part 7: The Burial of Christ
"But something else happened. The women were unable to perform their ablutions on the man they called Lord. Of all the burials and customs we’ve seen and discussed, from es-Skhul to the ossuary of Caiaphas, this one ended like no other."
Thomas L. McDonald
"[The resurrection] is a historical event that nevertheless bursts open the dimensions of history and transcends it...[I]t can be attested by witnesses as an event of an entirely new kind."
Pope Benedict XVI

Faith & Reason (Video Playlist)

"With the resurrection of Jesus, light itself is created anew.  He draws all of us after him into the new light of the resurrection and he conquers all darkness.  He is God's new day, new for all of us."
Pope Benedict XVI, 2012

Dr. Peter Kreeft on the Authority of the Catholic Church

Catholics Come Home
"Catholics Come Home, Inc....creates effective and compassionate media messages...to inspire, educate and evangelize inactive Catholics and others..."

Hosted by WordOnFire.org - Word On Fire "draws over 1 million visitors a year from every continent. Fr. Barron posts weekly video clips, commentaries and radio sermons and offers an audio archive of over 500 homilies." 

Published: 04.2011.  Updated: 04.08.2012; 04.05.2013; 04.20.2014; 04.05.2015

Who is Jesus?

Fr. Robert Barron

"Belief in Jesus, as God [is a] myth"

Atheists are called to "Make the decisions for the rest of your lives."

For, if the dead are not raised, neither is Christ; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is pointless and you have not, after all been released from your sins.  In addition, those who have fallen asleep in Christ are utterly lost. If our hope in Christ has been for this life only, we are of all people the most pitiable... If the dead are not going to be raised, then let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall be dead.
I Corinthians 15:16-19; 33

Even when we have everything, we have a deep awareness that points to the need for more.
The New Atheists, Fr. R. Barron

Pierced for Our Transgressions

"We've been able to reconstruct the text of the The New Testament with about 99% accuracy... It is the best attested book in ancient history."
William Lane Craig: The Evidence for Jesus' Resurrection, 2011. 1:27:25.

"The fact of Christ's Resurrection is attested by more than 500 eyewitnesses, whose experience, simplicity, and uprightness of life rendered them incapable of inventing such a fable."
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  New Advent.

"On Good Friday, the entire Church fixes her gaze on the Cross at Calvary.  Each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption...[W]e contemplate our own death to sin in the Death of our Lord" (Catholic.org).

Paraclete Press

Updated: 04.02.2015

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

"Today...[L]et us commemorate the Lord’s entry into the city for our salvation, following in his footsteps, so that, being made by his grace partakers of the cross, we may have a share also in his Resurrection and in his life." - www.CatholicPhilly.com