"Everyone who belongs to the Truth hears my voice…" (John 18:37)

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Picture of the Ebola virus under an electron microscope
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Coming to Grips with Ebola: A Reason for Hope

October 23, 2014

“Coming to Grips With Ebola-A Reason for Hope“ I first heard of the Ebola virus about 20 years ago when I read Richard Preston’s book, The Hot Zone. It’s the kind of non-fiction book that grabs your attention and reads like a thriller. It’s hard to put down. The ‘King of Horror’ himself, author Stephen King… Read More ›


A Layperson’s Guide to the Synod on the Family

Last October, the Vatican announced that an extraordinary session of the Synod of Bishops would be held this year from October 5th to 19th. Its theme is entitled, “Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” It’s a topic that immediately generated a lot of interest among Catholics as well as non-Catholics. The… Read More ›


Be a steward!

Every year around this time, parishes invite us to consider getting involved in a variety of ministries. Some are in-house activities that help build up the church – things like greeting people at the door, making coffee after Mass, singing in the choir, or even serving as a Eucharistic Minister. Other ministries focus on reaching… Read More ›


Time for Change!

A few months ago, we asked readers what you would like to see on our Swords of Truth website. We suggested a couple of possibilities to get you started, and we also gave you an opportunity to offer us some feedback. Thank you so much to everyone who responded! The results have been tallied, and… Read More ›


Planning a Trip to the Holy Land?

If visiting the Holy Land is on your bucket list, we want to give you some practical tips and suggestions that may be helpful. Now I know what you’re thinking: who in their right mind is traveling to the Middle East these days? If you’ve seen the news lately, you know that this volatile region… Read More ›


Ice Bucket Challenge!

Have you heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge? It’s gone viral on the Internet this summer. Once you’ve been nominated, you have a choice. You can douse yourself with a bucket of ice-cold water within 24 hours, film it and pass the challenge on to others via Facebook or other social media – or you… Read More ›


The Francis Effect

March 13, 2013 was a big day for the Catholic Church. I – along with millions of viewers across the world – was glued to my television. We were all anxiously waiting to hear who had been chosen to replace Pope Benedict XVI as the next leader of the Catholic Church. But when the announcement… Read More ›


“The Primacy of Peter – Do You Love Me?” – Homily by Fr. Jerome

“It was here that He, from whose fingertips tumbled forth planets and stars, first laid eyes on who would soon come to carry the TORCH of TRUTH to Nations around the world! It was here that Jesus saw Simon casting his net into the sea… It was here that he was called… “Simon, come and… Read More ›

Letting out the nets

The Sea of Galilee

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” … Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this… Read More ›


The Tomb of the Lord

    Whenever you go to visit a tomb, your intention is to be in the vicinity of the mortal remains of someone who has passed away. Yet that is what makes the Tomb of the Lord Jesus Christ so very different from any other tomb in the world. You go because you believe He is not… Read More ›


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