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"Christ on the Cross" (detail) by Velazquez"Christ on the Cross" (detail) by Velazquez

Finding Joy in the Midst of Sorrow

“We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). The Paradox of the Cross The Cross is the great paradox of Christianity. More than a few people have asked me over the years why the Catholic Church focuses so prominently and persistently on the Crucifix. One inquirer […]

Photography © by Andy CoanPhotography © by Andy Coan

Do you shoot the messenger?

“In polite conversation, never bring up politics or religion.”  That’s the advice I was given as a child.  And it’s good advice, too, if your aim is to be well-liked.  Politics and religion are risky because they involve deeply held convictions, and if you happen to tread on the convictions of others, you get the same reaction that a dentist […]

Photography © by Andy CoanPhotography © by Andy Coan

Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ

There is a myth that we must lay to rest, once and for all—Protestants are all about the Bible, while Catholics are all about the Sacraments.  While I can’t speak for my Protestant brethren, I can say this with certainty—the Catholic Church has never tolerated any such “either/or.”  Both Scripture and Sacraments are precious gifts from the Lord, gifts we […]

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Beauty Unveiled: Wearing a Mantilla to Mass

Years ago during my single college days (when I was a daily Mass goer), I was captivated by the few women who wore mantillas. That interest led me to consider veiling, but it was a transitory thought that was never truly discerned. I admired the women who were unafraid to stand out among the crowd at Mass, and something seemed […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

“Therefore the Eucharistic Celebration is much more than simple banquet: it is exactly the memorial of Jesus’ Pascal Sacrifice, the mystery at the centre of salvation. Memorial does not simply mean a remembrance, a mere memory; it means that every time we celebrate this Sacrament we participate in the mystery of the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.” (Pope Francis, […]

Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, San Francisco North Beach
Photography © by Andy CoanSts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, San Francisco North Beach Photography © by Andy Coan

Five Attitudes We Have Toward Football that We Should Have Toward Church

In my days as an evangelical Christian (and even occasionally in my decade as a Catholic), I have heard many a pastor suggest that we would get a lot more out of our attendance at Church if we treated it with the same enthusiasm we display toward sporting events. Some of these pastors, no doubt, would like to see the […]

Pope Francis in Philadelphia September 26, 2015
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What I Learned from Attending the Papal Mass in Philadelphia

Since we only live a few hours away, we decided at the last minute to attend the Papal Mass in Philadelphia. Making an appearance with our kids to this event—no matter how historic—made no sense. We did not have tickets. We have six children, one of whom is a toddler capable of shattering glass with his high-pitched screams. Two million […]

"Daniel's Answer to the King" (detail) by Briton Rivière"Daniel's Answer to the King" (detail) by Briton Rivière

Sunday’s Prophecy and the Holy Father’s Visit

To the faithful Catholic who takes spiritual reading seriously, every daily reading is a multivalent spiritual lesson conveying true history, law, wisdom and prophecy. The transcendent impact of the daily inerrant word of God is imperceptible to the empirical senses but potentially earthshattering to the soul spiritually attuned to eternal truth. This Sunday’s Old Testament reading at Holy Mass from […]

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

“Therefore the Eucharistic Celebration is much more than simple banquet: it is exactly the memorial of Jesus’ Pascal Sacrifice, the mystery at the centre of salvation. Memorial does not simply mean a remembrance, a mere memory; it means that every time we celebrate this Sacrament we participate in the mystery of the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.” (Pope Francis, […]

"Mulitplication of the Loaves and Fishes" (detail) by Très Riches Heures"Mulitplication of the Loaves and Fishes" (detail) by Très Riches Heures

Jesus Reveals the Real Presence in John’s Gospel

During this Liturgical Year (Year B), the gospel readings at Mass on Sundays are taken primarily from the Gospel of Mark. However, beginning this weekend, we will spend four consecutive Sundays hearing from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John and the focus will be on the Eucharist. To set the scene, we need to look back to last […]