Apologetics Corner

Meditating on the Life of Christ while Praying the RosaryMeditating on the Life of Christ while Praying the Rosary

Holding Mary’s Hand in the Rosary

As Our Lady of the Rosary, Mary smiles at me the same way I smile at my seven-year-old struggling to learn to spell words and write sentences or my four-year-old beginning to form shapes and lines that make sense. She was given the title after appearing to Saint Dominic in 1208 in a church in Prouille, France. Later, in 1571, Pope Pius […]

Statue of Our Lady of Walsingham at the National Shrine (Catholic) in the U.K.
http://www.walsingham.org.uk/statue-of-our-lady-of-walsinghamStatue of Our Lady of Walsingham at the National Shrine (Catholic) in the U.K. http://www.walsingham.org.uk/statue-of-our-lady-of-walsingham

Mary’s a Blankie Person: Our Lady of Walsingham

It was over ten years ago that I was reminded of the blankie of my youth, the one that had to be pried from my hands and that still remains in my memory as a cherished item. My mother, an avid sewer and enthusiastic grandma-to-be, had made and shipped approximately thirty-five million blankets for her new granddaughter. Nearly three years later, […]

Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar in Zaragoza, Aragon, SpainCatedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar in Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain

Finding Mary in the Failure: Our Lady of the Pillar

Have you ever planned what you thought was the greatest Bible study or parish event ever, only to have twelve people show up to join you?  Have you ever watched a great idea, flawlessly executed, underwhelm a group of critics?  Have you ever used logic to no avail, finding yourself all but stoned and chased away from the group? I […]

"Return of the Prodigal Son" (detail) by Murillo"Return of the Prodigal Son" (detail) by Murillo

“Have you been saved?”

Have You Been Saved? In Acts 4, St. Peter delivers a powerful sermon. He concludes by saying, “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” I have written before in these pages of the time when I was growing up in the […]

"Pietà" (detail) by Michelangelo located in St. Peter's Basilica"Pietà" (detail) by Michelangelo located in St. Peter's Basilica

Mary as the Mother Who Cries With Us

I didn’t know what to say, and yet words of comfort seemed to come from my lips. We sat there, in the cozy Bob Evans down the street from the hospital, and I tried to keep myself from resorting to joking or bantering. As my mother-in-law ordered her salad and coffee, I realized I was not at a table in a […]

"The Birth of the Virgin" (detail) by Murillo"The Birth of the Virgin" (detail) by Murillo

Reflecting on the Birth of Mama Mary

Most years, on Mary’s birthday, I’m recuperating from a Labor Day weekend involving a backhoe and at least one cookout and probably canning of one sort or another. Labor Day seems like the perfect backdrop for a reflection of the Blessed Mother, though. It’s a chance to stop and honor the work and toil we do in our everyday lives, […]


Christianity and the New Paganism

The most serious challenge for Christianity today isn’t one of the other great religions of the world, such as Islam or Buddhism. Nor is it simple atheism, which has no depth, no mass appeal, no staying power. Rather, it’s a religion most of us think is dead. That religion is paganism—and it is very much alive. Paganism is simply the natural […]

"The Stoning of St. Stephen" (detail) by Rembrandt"The Stoning of St. Stephen" (detail) by Rembrandt

What the Bible really says about calling Catholic priests “Father”

“Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven” (Matthew 23:9). Throughout history, including that time since the days when Jesus uttered these words, we have referred to others on earth as father. This title is used in different contexts. For example: In our secular lives, we refer to others as father: City Fathers when […]

"La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre" | CC 3.0 (Cropped /  resized to 740x493 px)"La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre" | CC 3.0 (Cropped / resized to 740x493 px)

Nicknames and Mary: Meet “Cachita”

When my second daughter was born, I was not prepared for how her big sister, age three-and-a-half, would react.  She had watched with great interest as my belly grew and she knew—though she didn’t really understand—that a baby would somehow be coming out of there.  When the baby was born, my three-year-old loved the baby, though that was no surprise; […]

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

The Metaphysics of Man and Broccoli

“I have taken more out of philosophy than any other class this year not only because it helps prep for university, but also gave me a lot to think about in the way I live my life. One of my favorite aspects of this course was metaphysics, as it opened my eyes to many possible answers to life’s burning questions, […]