You Are Beautiful: 16 Catholic Guys Explain Why

What is beauty? And why don’t I ever feel like I have it? Why am I never good enough? How do I stop the relentless, attacking voice in my head telling me I’ll never be pretty? This is the sound of the conversation I’ve had way too many times recently. […]

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The Best of 2014 According to Life Teen

2014 has been a monumental year for Life Teen! It’s humbling that every year we get to be instruments in the hand of God, spreading His glory all around the world. We set out this year to breathe in God’s inspiration, and to inspire others to draw closer to Him. […]

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A Song about Silence?: the Story Behind “Silent Night”

“Now therefore write this song, and teach it to the sons of Israel; put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me.” (Deuteronomy 31:19) Christmas music is everywhere right now. It’s not uncommon to be standing in line at the grocery or in a convenience […]

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Santa Jesus

What I found up in that attic shocked me. There were empty boxes from our Christmas presents. This may not seem all that weird – except these were boxes from the Christmas presents we received from Santa Claus… and Santa didn’t bring them in boxes.

A horrific reality sunk in: My parents’ had kidnapped Santa Claus.

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Advent Car Crash: What do Death and Christmas Have in Common?

Joel Stepanek reflects on death and what it has to do with Advent. Why does the Catholic Church focus on something so depressing during a time we just want to be joyful and drink peppermint mochas?

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The Immaculate Conception: It’s About Mary.

Why does the Catholic Church… in the middle of Advent, while preparing for Christmas… throw in yet another holy day?

Why pause to honor Mary while we’re prepping to party with Jesus? What is the Immaculate Conception… and why is it a big deal?

God was hoping you would ask.

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The New Year You Forgot About

When I was 6 years old, there was a book was on display in the family room. It had a picture of Pope John Paul II on the cover and about 1,000 pages of text about his life inside. And around 11:45 p.m. on New Year’s Eve 1998 I decided […]

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Catholic Movie Reviews: St. Vincent

Despite the quality of the production, St. Vincent seriously misses the mark as a morality tale. Vincent is basically a self-absorbed human being, with some serious vices, who occasionally does a few things right. He is a completely believable and empathetic character, but not a role model; and definitely not a saint.

The way Vincent is honored in the end is emotionally moving but also demeaning to real saints; let alone people who live thoroughly decent lives.

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Courage for the Fight: A Life Worth Living

We see this beautiful young woman and hear about her wedding and learn of her pain…and we feel compassion. We feel so sorry for this woman whose life has been entirely disrupted. In doing this, we are being human. It is human for us to feel such compassion for Brittany (and anyone else in pain). And it is natural that we don’t want her to suffer any more. If there is a way that her pain can be taken away, wouldn’t that be better than for her to needlessly endure?

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Jesus Ruined My Senior Year

It was a Saturday night and I was completely alone. I had cash in my pocket and gas in my truck but I had no friends anymore. The phone was not ringing. The silence was a deafening reminder to how ‘sad’ my social life had become in a very short amount of time. This had never happened to me in my previous three years of high school. My senior year was supposed to be epic! Instead it was growing increasingly lonely and there was only one person to blame: Jesus.

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