Spiritual Warfare and The Rule of St. Benedict

7 minutes By Maria Keller, University of Notre Dame Note: The author mentions that St. Benedict entered combat with the powers of evil to “merit salvation.” However, it is important to make the distinction as Catholics between reaching salvation on our own merits, versus cooperating with the freely-given grace of God. God calls each of us into […]

Reflections on Suffering and Death

4 minutes The following was a college essay written by Joseph Tuttle. It has been edited and approved by Ariel Hobbs. If you have a Theology essay that you would like published that received a grade of an A- or higher, please be sure to contact us. By Joseph Tuttle, Benedictine College As a consequence of Adam […]

Redefining Joy

4 minutes By Rachel Hamilton, Franciscan University, Available in Spanish Here “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5) Believe it or not, joy and happiness are not the same thing. As clever as it was, don’t allow the Pixar film to confuse you, folks. Joy isn’t some emotion that […]

Reflections on the Universal Call to Holiness

4 minutes By Joseph Tuttle, Benedictine College The Catholic Church exhorts her children to be “Perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (RSV Matthew 5:48) This is commonly known as the universal call to holiness. This means that we must live “each moment according to the Gospel.” (Zia, 15) Modern society has a lack of spiritual maturity […]

Testimony: Why I am Catholic

4 minutes By Ben Daly Labelle, University of Rhode Island Why am I Catholic? The easy answer would be that I was raised that way and that it is easy to make Catholicism a cultural identity. But it goes deeper than that. At some point in every Catholic’s life, they have to decide whether to make this […]

The Triduum of Hallowtide

7 minutes Written by Patrick Gouker (University of Notre Dame) | Edited by Mary Ryan Halloween, despite what many may think, is actually a Christian holiday. Contrary to the night of scaring people, causing mischief, seeking out copious amounts of candy, and having the great sugar high that leaves you candy-hungover the next day, Halloween has Christian […]

Tolkien and Immortality

15 minutes Written by Mary Biese (Notre Dame) | Edited by Mary Boneno The following was a college essay written by Mary Biese. It has been edited and approved by Mary Boneno. If you have a Theology essay that you would like published that received a grade of an A- or higher, please be sure to contact […]

A Student Reflection on The Mysteries of the Rosary

6 minutes By Nick Jones, University of Rhode Island One of the greatest fruits of a daily recitation of the Rosary is the ability to internalize and claim as our own the truths found in the various Mysteries. By meditating upon Our Blessed Lord’s Life, Death, and Resurrection over the course of a lifetime, we can come […]

History Repeats Itself – and God Remains Faithful

2 minutes By Mary Boneno, Catholic University There’s a lot going on in the world. A global pandemic. Racial injustice. Civil unrest. Natural disasters. All of these events can lead many of us to fall into despair.  Many others believe that we are certainly in the end times.  But I’d like to step back for a moment […]