Therese Bussen

Therese Bussen

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Why icons still matter to a modern world

Icons have existed from the time of the early Church and grew in popularity over the years as an aid in prayer and worship — but today, icons are often […]

Spiritual fatherhood, in a priest’s own words

This Father’s Day, we remember not only our earthly fathers, but also the priests who are our “spiritual fathers” as well. These men so generously give of their entire lives […]

FOCUS missionaries ‘go forth’ beyond college campuses

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) has plenty of stories of college students whose lives have been changed by encountering Christ through the organization’s national conferences or through the […]

Women, the world and the Church need your creativity

Creating a culture of hope can start with the smallest of seeds: creativity. This was the message “Hello Beauty” — a retreat aimed to inspire women to encounter God through […]

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Fatima in Lucia’s own words

The apparitions and miracles that occurred at Fatima, Portugal in 1916 and 1917 rocked the country at the time and the rest of the world soon after. This year, in […]

Who’s your favorite evangelist?

We can learn a lot from people around us and the men and women who went before us in sharing who Jesus Christ is with other people. Evangelizing might not […]

First and foremost, faith is a relationship

The Catholic Church is more known to the world by her doctrines; what’s not as widely known or understood, is that the Gospel, the heart of Catholicism, is an invitation […]

Why does the Church have boundaries on cremation?

Last October, the Vatican released an instruction on cremation stating that, while the Church does allow it, the body must still be buried in a cemetery or other sacred space, […]

Six ways to transform your suffering with Stations of the Cross

Holy Week is a perfect time to reflect on Jesus’ suffering and what his passion means to us in our own. We can’t ever escape suffering in this life, but […]

How the Good Friday liturgy can change your life

Most of us aren’t strangers to the Good Friday service, or Good Friday itself, for that matter — but sometimes we go through the motions and miss the richness behind […]

How can you tell if a problem is spiritual or psychological?

While it seems that culture still tends to fight the stigma of mental illness, Catholic psychologists say that it is lessening. A giant step. However, for Catholics, because the spiritual […]

What you need to know before you talk to your loved one about porn

The statistics today are overwhelming. According to Fight the New Drug (FTND), a non-religious and non-political organization whose aim is to change cultural perception on pornography through the simple facts […]