Justin McClain

Justin and his wife Bernadette have three children (John-Paul, Mary Christine, and Thérèse), and they live in Bowie, Maryland, and attend Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Justin has taught theology and Spanish at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland, since 2006. He has two B.A.s from the University of Maryland - College Park, an M.A. from the Universidad de Salamanca (Spain), and an M.A. from Staffordshire University (England). Along with EpicPew, Justin has written for Aleteia, Ave Maria Press, Catholic Exchange, Catholic365, the journal Church Life, Our Sunday Visitor, and various other publications. Catch up with him on Twitter: @McClainJustin.

Catholic Priest Stabbed by ISIS-supporter in Indonesia, Parishioners Come to Rescue

On Sunday, August 28, 2016, a young jihadist would-be suicide bomber who appears to have been inspired by the Islamic State attempted to detonate an explosive device carried in his backpack during Sunday Mass at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, a parish in the Archdiocese of Medan, Indonesia. Medan is the capital city of the region …

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From Surviving to Thriving with 13 Kids: Inspiration from a Faithful Catholic Family

In August of 2016, both The Washington Post and Business Insider chronicled the financial success of Rob and Sam Fatzinger, a dynamic husband and wife team, and how they have managed to raise their thirteen children debt-free in one of the most expensive regions in the United States. These two articles are very worthwhile, both …

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Why Catholics Must Know the Bible: Bible Basics for Catholics by Dr. John Bergsma

Catholics sometimes have the ignoble distinction of not being sufficiently familiar with the Bible, or as familiar as we ought to be. That is unfortunate, in either appearance or actuality, particularly considering that the Catholic Church provided all twenty-seven books of the canon of the New Testament, not to mention going on two-thousand years of …

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Usain Bolt, His Catholic Faith, and His Miraculous Medal

  On the evening of Sunday, August 14, 2016, famed Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won gold in a characteristically dynamic and seemingly effortless 100-meter performance at his third consecutive Olympics, this time in Rio de Janeiro, making him the first athlete to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100-meter dash. Bolt’s rocketry on …

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3 Ways That Saint André Bessette Can Help Prepare Us for the New School Year

The Congregation of Holy Cross was founded by the French priest Blessed Basil Moreau in 1837. On September 15, 2007, Blessed Basil was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI. Saint André Bessette (the first Holy Cross saint) was likewise canonized by Pope Benedict on October 17, 2010. Since Catholic education around the globe is a prime mission of …

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Five Myths and Five Truths Regarding the Catholic Church’s Teachings on the Sacrament of Marriage

In April of 2016, Pope Francis released his much-anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”): On Love in the Family. Whether or not you are married, if you have not already, you should take the opportunity to read through this important and fascinating text. At the very least, you can read through …

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Sts. Peter and Paul Have Several Similarities and Differences: Here’s a Few of the Most Important

June 29 is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul is an opportunity to reflect on why these two men are in heaven. Let’s look at their differences, not only because they are fascinating, but because they likewise draw us to meditate on how God is calling all …

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Pope Francis Is Coming Back to DC (Sort of). Here’s what you need to know

The faithful will fondly recall Pope Francis’s apostolic visit to the United States in September 2015. (In case you missed all that the Holy Father discussed while here, you can review his words – and there were [fortunately] a lot of them – here.) Well, it seems that Pope Francis liked us Americans so much …

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Witnesses for Christ: 10 Inspirations and Facts About the First Martyrs of the Church in Rome

June 30 is the Feast of the First Martyrs (formally, the “Protomartyrs”) of the Church of Rome. The term “proto” comes from the Greek for first, and “martyr” comes from the Greek for witness. Here are ten facts about these holy men and women who were prime witnesses for Christ by courageously giving their earthly …

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