Author: John Monaco

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred– and not “Most Anxious”– Heart of Jesus

On mental health and the Heart of Christ

An Inaugural Podcast

After being encouraged by a few people, I have decided to enter the podcast world, and later on, YouTube. Here is my first podcast; I hope to make it a weekly thing, but if I get enough hate mail, I just quit and spare everyone ear pain!   You can

A Cradle’s Conversion: My Return to Tradition

Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! Lo, you were within, but I outside, seeking there for you, and upon the shapely things you have made I rushed headlong, I, misshapen. You were with me but I was not with you.

Five New Year’s Resolutions for Catholics in 2018

  Happy 2018! ‘Tis the season! Today, January 1st, is a big day for many people, for it is the day that they take on a particular resolution for the new year. Some of the more common resolutions include: losing weight & getting fit, kicking the habit of smoking/drinking, and

About Those Young, “Rigid”, Traditional Catholics

More and more, Millennial Catholics are flocking en massé to traditional practices and devotions, to the horror of many. But is such fear necessary? I awake to the sound of church bells, ringing. It is Sunday morning. Though I worked late the night before, I quickly brush my teeth, shower, and

What two saints and a pope named Francis can teach us about living the Gospel online– an America Magazine exclusive

I am happy to share with you a piece I wrote for America Magazine. Happy feast of St. Francis of Assisi!    

8 a.m. Amtrak Thoughts

As I depart Philadelphia for Boston (actually made my train, this time), I am reflecting upon the great experience I had at the Society for Catholic Liturgy’s annual conference. Presenting a paper and discussing theology with numerous scholars is always fun and exciting, but this conference went a bit deeper.

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