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Photography © by Carmelite Sister of the Most Sacred Heart of Los AngelesPhotography © by Carmelite Sister of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

The Paschal Mystery

Burning but not consumed! This was the strange sight that Moses beheld in the desert—a bush on fire yet contained. Such a strange phenomenon! Moses moved closer to examine the mystery before him. “No, Moses, stop where you are and remove your sandals for this is holy ground!” This was no natural mystery as Moses would now realize, but one […]

St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Roswell
Photography © by Michael BickerstaffSt. Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Roswell Photography © by Michael Bickerstaff

How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming into the Catholic Church

Sometimes a parent just has to drag a kid where he doesn’t want to go: the grocery store, swimming lessons, the doctor’s office, even church. The parent does this because he’s not short sighted like a child might be. The parent knows what the child needs long-term: food, life skills, a check-up and in the case of church, spiritual direction […]

Blessed Virgin Mary with Roses (detail)
Artwork © by Jef MurrayBlessed Virgin Mary with Roses (detail) Artwork © by Jef Murray

Did Mary Ever Have Days Like This?

I didn’t have a good excuse. No sudden death, news of great tragedy, or personal fall-through. The clock just met 4:00, the kid of choice started with the customary late afternoon ranting, and it all unraveled from there. Somehow, the everyday things—the weight of my worries, the onslaught of my duties, the trial of just getting through the rest of […]

Reliquary of the Holy Crib
Basilica di Santa Maria MaggioreReliquary of the Holy Crib Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

The Story of St. Mary Major: A Protectress, a Council, and a Relic

Spring always makes me think of Rome, since two of my springs were spent as a student there, entering into the graces of Roman Lents and Triduums, celebrating the entire fifty days of Easter, experiencing the feasts of Pentecost and Corpus Christi with the universal Church, then escaping just as the tourists and summer pilgrims began to suffocate the city […]

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God in the dugout…

Two eleven-year-old kids on the baseball team are sitting in the dugout while their team is up to bat. Charlie, the first shortstop, turns to William, the catcher. “Does your school say anything about your purple hair?” curious about William’s hair which was purple that day—and green previously. “My school doesn’t care, my teachers don’t say anything.” William answered, “I […]

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Unfaithful “Catholic” Colleges

In 1972, the Venerable Fulton Sheen said something like, “I recommend that my relatives send their college-bound children to secular colleges where they will have to fight for their faith, rather than to Catholic colleges where it will be stolen from them.” Catholics in America stand witness to so-called “catholic” colleges as onlookers once looked on the naked emperor without […]

Photography © by Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Los AngelesPhotography © by Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament: Holding Jesus Twice

I am alone, and yet I’m not.  It’s silent, which is strange and disconcerting, coming as I do from a life full of noise and activity.  When I have been there a while, immersed in some reading that I can’t seem to absorb when I read it anywhere else, I notice that it is not, in fact, completely quiet.  There’s […]

"La Pentecôte" (The Pentecost) by Jean II Restout"La Pentecôte" (The Pentecost) by Jean II Restout

Why is the world not on fire?

A few years ago, I was faced with the task of teaching about the sacrament of Confirmation and the Holy Spirit to a large group of catechists.  It was daunting task.  My own Confirmation had been fifteen years earlier, and I honestly didn’t remember much of the preparation, although I know it was probably better than most.  I don’t remember […]

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

When Truth is Abandoned

Merchants of Death — Alfred C. Kinsey I recently came across an article on Mercatornet.com which introduced me to an interview of Camille Paglia in Spiked, a British publication. Ms. Paglia is a radical feminist and lesbian who isn’t afraid to go counter to the “mainstream” politically correct views dictated for acceptance today. In the course of the interview she said […]

"The Exhortation to the Apostles" (detail) by James Tissot"The Exhortation to the Apostles" (detail) by James Tissot

“See How They Love One Another”

“See how they love one another”—this was the observation that the pagans made, to their own bewilderment, about the early Christians. Our earliest brothers and sisters in Christ lived lives of such unprecedented joyful service that it astounded the world around them, a world that had never seen anything like it before. These first Christians lived according to the model […]