Jared Staudt

Jared Staudt

The Catholic Reader

R. Jared Staudt, PhD, is a husband and father of six, the catechetical formation specialist for the Archdiocese of Denver, a Benedictine oblate, prolific writer, and insatiable reader.

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A mission of hope: Pray for priests

Ecclesia semper reformanda: The Church must always be reformed. These words have hit home recently in the midst of a crisis of confidence in the Church. The sins of our […]

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Abiding in the truth of Christ 

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory” (John 1:14). John describes Jesus as the Word, the eternally begotten Son of the Father, […]

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What every Catholic should know

Catholic literacy has been in steady decline. A recent Pew poll revealed that only 50% of Catholics know that the Church teaches that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. […]

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Has the Church been infiltrated?

Both Jews and Greeks were scandalized by the Incarnation. Could the Son of God truly become man, taking on our weak flesh, and suffering to the point of death? That […]

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Faith and politics in the United States

Cherished principles of the American revolution include religious freedom and the separation of Church and State. These principles should have benefited Catholics, who sought refuge from the persecution of the […]

Boys to men: Initiating our sons into adulthood

More and more, we are recognizing that we have a serious problem plaguing our society: We lack mature men. Boys’ bodies develop on their own, but they will not become […]

Rediscover Our Lady in the Bible

May is the month of Mary, a time of new growth and a return to life fitting for the New Eve. Blessed John Henry Newman spoke of how nature itself […]

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Art: A needed sacrament of faith

A sacrament is an outward, material sign of an inward, spiritual reality. The seven sacraments are signs instituted by Jesus to communicate his grace to us. In addition, we have […]

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The goal of Lent: Conformity to Christ

In my last column I looked at the need for conversion and repentance for sin. The goal of Lent, however, does not end there, but looks further toward our spiritual […]

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Facing sin to begin Lent

“Repent and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). You may hear these words of Jesus on Ash Wednesday, which can be said when you receive ashes in place of “remember […]

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Meet St. Conrad, patron of Denver’s Capuchins

You may know the Capuchin friars from their longstanding service within the Archdiocese of Denver. They serve at Annunciation Parish and the Denver Catholic recently highlighted their new food truck […]

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St. John Paul II, family life, and a Wyoming ranch

Twenty-five  years ago, St. John Paul II released his Letter to Families, Gratissimam Sane, on Feb. 2, 1994. The letter is known for the arresting claim that “the history of […]