Jared Staudt

Jared Staudt

The Catholic Reader

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

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Art illumines the story of faith

A story in its most basic form conveys a narrative with a beginning, a middle and an end. It wouldn’t be a good story unless it also had heroes and […]

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Restoring Humanity: Combatting social and spiritual ills

The Church’s task of evangelization includes restoring human life and culture. Jesus promises in the book of Revelation, “Behold, I make all things new.” Even though this will happen fully […]

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Christendom: old and new

We have come to think of the Church, the gathering of God’s faithful, in primarily spiritual terms. Throughout Christian history, however, faith implied social and even political obligations, which supplied […]

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We need Julia Greeley, Denver’s saint in the making

Almost exactly 100 years ago, on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1918, a woman, a former slave, died in Denver. This apostle of the Sacred Heart, […]

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A deeper desire for the Eucharist

We’ve just survived the only time in living memory without access to the Mass. The brutal Lent of 2020 extended even into Easter, as we watched the high holy days […]

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Aristotle’s Case for Catholic Education: Why Charter Schools Are Not Enough

As a father of six, I know it’s hard to balance family priorities. Attending to everyone’s needs—emotionally, spirituality, materially, and socially—while managing the demands of family life, school, extracurricular activities, […]

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Priesthood and the renewal of the Church

Debates about celibacy have recently been in the forefront of conversations regarding the Church, given the ongoing fallout of the abuse crisis and the meeting of the Synod of Bishops […]

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Unlocking the secrets of the Bible

The Bible doesn’t keep secrets in terms of deliberately hiding details from us. Its meaning, however, comes alive for those with faith, who can understand its supernatural message. We also […]

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Motherhood and the sanctuary of the home

We’ve all been spending more time at home than usual, and, even as we’re all anxious to return to normal life, there have been blessings in our confinement. One of […]

Easter: The First and Essential Feast

Ask anyone, “What’s the most important celebration of the year?” and the answer seems clear: Christmas. Presents, decorations, music, and Santa. It’d be hard to top that, right? Even from […]

The Two Forties: The Eucharist within quarantine and Lent

The word quarantine comes from a contraction of the Italian words (in the Venetian dialect) for 40 days, referring to the length of time a ship would have to remain […]

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Discover the wonders of Catholic France on the Vine & Cloister pilgrimage

Tucked away in the province of Burgundy, wine, Romanesque architecture, and the monastic life all reached their highpoint in the Middle Ages. In his book, Cluny: In Search of God’s […]