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Bread on the Trail

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Deacon Keith Fournier is the Editor in Chief at Catholic Online, one of the largest integrated Catholic Media Networks on the World Wide Web. He is a widely recognized voice in the Catholic and broader Christian community. He is a member of the Clergy of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia. In his fifteenth year of service as an ordained Catholic Deacon, he is currently assigned to St Stephen Martyr Parish in Chesapeake, Virginia. He is also authorized to serve the Liturgy of the Greek Byzantine Melkite Catholic Church. Deacon Fournier and his wife Laurine have been married for 34 years and have five grown children and six grandchildren.
Deacon Fournier holds his Bachelors degree in theology and philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville (BA), his Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Theology from the John Paul II Institute of the Lateran University (MTS), his Juris Doctor Law Degree Law (JD) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and is a PhD candidate in Moral Theology at the Catholic University of America where he is currently writing his Doctoral Dissertation. Deacon Fournier also holds two honorary Doctorates, a Doctor of Laws (L.L.D. 1994,Honoris Causa) from St. Thomas University - Given for pro-life legal contributions, and a Doctor of Divinity Degree (D.D. 2005, Honoris Causa ) from the National Clergy Council and the Methodist Episcopal Church for his contributions to authentic ecumenical efforts toward Christian unity.
Attorney Fournier is a constitutional lawyer who appeared as co-counsel in cases before the United States Supreme Court on Pro-Life, Religious Freedom and Pro-family issues. He served as the first Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice for seven years. He then served as a public policy activist for the causes of life, marriage and family issues for a number of years. He has extensive experience in nonprofit and for profit leadership. He has taught at the College level and served in Academic administration. He was a Dean of Students and the Dean of Evangelization at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio.
Deacon Fournier is, above all, a communicator. His faith informs his passion to share the fullness of life which he has found in the heart of the Catholic Church. He has written eight books on matters of faith, family and the Christian life and is widely published in the broader Christian community on matters of life, faith, family, and cultural and social issues. He hosted two daily national radio programs, Purpose for Living, and Millennial Moment. He hosted several television series on Christian family and contemporary faith issues on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network). He is actively involved in preaching and teaching in the Catholic Church and the broader Christian community.
In addition to serving as the Editor in Chief of Catholic Online, Deacon Fournier is the John Paul II Fellow and special counsel for the National Pro-Life Center in Washington, D.C. and is the president of Third Millennium, LLC, a communications and consulting company. He views his role on Beliefnet as an opportunity to share his Catholic Christian faith in what he calls a new areopagus. The areopagus is referred to in the 17th Chapter of the Acts of the Apostles in the Christian New Testament. Also called Mars Hill it was there where the Apostle Paul shared the Christian faith with the early Greeks in their temple.

Saint Gregory the Great: St Thomas and Healing the Wounds of our Disbelief

My Lord and My God! In a marvellous way God’s mercy arranged that the disbelieving disciple, in touching the wounds of his master’s body, should heal our wounds of disbelief Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not […]

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A Sermon by St Augustine on St John’s Gospel: Behold, I shall save my people.

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A Letter of St Clare to Blessed Agnes of Prague on Christian Contemplation

Consider the poverty, humility and charity of Christ Happy the soul to whom it is given to attain this life with Christ, to cleave with all one’s heart to him whose beauty all the heavenly hosts behold forever, whose love […]

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St Cyril of Jerusalem on the Church as the Bride of Christ

From The Catecheses of St Cyril of Jerusalem, an early fourth century Bishop and Doctor of the undivided Church: “The Church is called ‘Catholic’: such is the proper name of the holy Church which is the mother of us all. […]

St Ambrose: God’s temple is holy, and you are his temple

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Saint Augustine on the Feast of Peter and Paul

The Martyrs Had Seen what they Proclaimed This day has been consecrated for us by the martyrdom of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul. It is not some obscure martyrs we are talking about. Their sound has gone out into […]

Irenaeus of Lyons: Jesus Redeemed the Whole Human Person, Body, Soul and Spirit

Irenaeus of Lyons: Jesus Redeemed the Whole Human Person, Body, Soul and Spirit, by Deacon Keith Fournier “For that which He [i.e. Christ] has not assumed He has not healed; but that which is united to His Godhead is also […]

Pope Benedict XVI on the Feast of Corpus Christi

Dear brothers and sisters! The feast of Corpus Domini is inseparable from the Holy Thursday Mass of in Caena Domini, in which the institution of the Eucharist is also celebrated. While on the evening of Holy Thursday we relive the […]

From a treatise on the Lord’s Prayer, Saint Cyprian

After the gift of bread we ask pardon for our sins As the Lord’s Prayer continues, we ask: Give us this day our daily bread. We can understand this petition in a spiritual and in a literal sense. For in […]

From the treatise on the Trinity by Saint Hilary of Poitiers

The Father’s gift in Christ Our Lord commanded us to baptise in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. In baptism, then, we profess faith in the Creator, in the only-begotten Son and […]

The work of the Holy Spirit – Saint Basil the Great, Bishop

From the treatise On the Holy Spirit by Saint Basil the Great, bishop The work of the Holy Spirit The titles given to the Holy Spirit must surely stir the soul of anyone who hears them, and make him realise […]

St Augustine’s Homily on the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him. Listen to the words of the Apostle: If you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are above where Christ is, seated […]

The Holy Spirit Renews us in Baptism

From the treatise On the Trinity by Didymus of Alexandria The Holy Spirit renews us in baptism through his godhead, which he shares with the Father and the Son. Finding us in a state of deformity, the Spirit restores our […]

Deacon Keith Fournier: Bitter or Better? Learning How to Live in Difficulty

“I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance. In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in […]

Saint Leo the Great, Pope: Christ lives in his Church

Saint Leo the Great, Pope: Christ lives in his Church My dear brethren, there is no doubt that the Son of God took our human nature into so close a union with himself that one and the same Christ is […]

The Lamb that was Slain has Delivered us from Death and Given us Life

From an Easter homily by Saint Melito of Sardis, bishop: The Lamb that was slain has delivered us from death and given us life There was much proclaimed by the prophets about the mystery of the Passover: that mystery is […]

St. Basil: By One Death and Resurrection the World was Saved

From the book On the Holy Spirit by Saint Basil, bishop When mankind was estranged from him by disobedience, God our Saviour made a plan for raising us from our fall and restoring us to friendship with himself. According to […]

Saint Athanasius, Bishop on The Paschal Sacrament

Saint Athanasius, Bishop: The Paschal Sacrament brings together in unity of faith those who are far away Brethren, how fine a thing it is to move from festival to festival, from prayer to prayer, from holy day to holy day. […]

St. Peter Chrysologus: Prayer knocks, fasting obtains, mercy receives

He was born in the year 406 and born again to eternal life in the year-450. This Bishop of Ravenna, Italy was one of the great preachers of his age. In fact, his wonderful homilies and exhoratations earned him the […]

From the Mirror of Love by Saint Aelred, Abbot: Christ, the model of brotherly love

The Abbot Aelred is described by Jocelin of Furness, a contemporary, in the his Life of St Waldef: “He was a man of fine old English stock. He left school early and was brought up from boyhood in the court […]

All my hope lies in your great mercy: Saint Augustine, bishop

Where did I find you, that I came to know you? You were not within my memory before I learned of you. Where, then, did I find you before I came to know you, if not within yourself, far above […]

St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

By Deacon Keith Fournier St. Polycarp, the Bishop of Smyrna, died in the year 155 AD, while in his eighties. He was a disciple of St. John, the Evangelist, who walked with the Lord Jesus and authored the fourth Gospel […]

On the First Letter of John by Saint Augustine, Bishop: Our Heart Longs for God

We have been promised that “we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is”. By these words, the tongue has done its best; now we must apply the meditation of the heart. Although they are the […]

Overcoming our Fears by Understanding the Loaves: What do we have?

“People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. […]

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