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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Searching for wisdom in a confused world

Jordan Peterson became an overnight celebrity with the success of his book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Random House, 2018). A viral interview from January of this […]

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Forming disciples in the parish and home

Twenty-five years ago, Pope St. John Paul II called Catholics to enter a new evangelization during World Youth Day in Denver. This evangelization (the sharing of the good news) re-engages […]

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The radical and faithful witness of Dorothy Day

Saint Dorothy Day? A former communist who had an abortion does not fit the mold of the normal candidate for canonization; yet her conversion witnesses to the power of God’s […]

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Finding Peter

On November 24, 2013, Pope Francis displayed St. Peter’s bones publicly for the first time. This momentous occasion culminated the incredible 70-year process of discovery and authentication of the relics. […]

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Helpful guidelines for the spiritual life

“You are anxious and troubled about many things, but only one thing is necessary.” We recognize Jesus’ response to the busy Martha in these words (Luke 10:41-42), but can we […]

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Proving God’s existence

If someone asked you if you could prove that God exists, what would you say? What would you have to draw upon to answer this question — revelation, science, or […]

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Forming mind and heart in faith

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:2). People tell me pretty regularly that we should not over-intellectualizing the faith […]

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A pilgrimage through the arts

I recently visited the Denver Art Museum to see the Degas: A Passion for Perfection exhibit, which runs until May 20th. My kindergartener summed up the thematic content: “Horses and […]

Mounting evidence for the Shroud of Turin’s authenticity

On Easter Sunday, one of the possible Gospel readings described how Peter and John found the empty tomb. It also described the first sight of Jesus’ burial shroud: “So Peter […]

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The ongoing Christian genocide

Genocide is a serious accusation. Many people have spoken of an ongoing persecution of Christians in the Middle East as genocide, a claim that has clear backing in international law. […]

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The future of the Church in China

My last review focused on Pope St. John Paul II—not only a great saint, but also a hero in the downfall of Communism in Eastern Europe. Both Weigel and Kengor […]

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Remembering John Paul the Great: Three new books

When teaching college students a few years ago, I was shocked when I asked my students to tell me what they knew about Pope St. John Paul II. It wasn’t […]