The Pro-Life Rosary

Photography © by Andy Coan

“Every child that isn’t born, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, has the face of the Lord.” (Pope Francis) October is the Month of the Rosary and the 40 Days for Life campaign began on September 25th. I urge every Catholic to pray the Rosary not only for an end to abortion but also […]

Be the Stranger

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” (Blanche DeBois, A Streetcar Named Desire) I was quietly praying the Rosary and holding a “Pray to Stop Abortion” sign outside Planned Parenthood when a delivery truck pulled to the curb. The driver jumped out and headed toward me, holding a bottle of water and a banana. He handed them to […]

Holy Workout

A Mountain Trail

If you’re looking for a creative way to do penance during Lent, I have an idea for you: exercise. Even if you love to exercise, there is often a little suffering involved. It might be cold or raining, you might not feel like working hard that day, or perhaps you’re bored with the usual routine. Here are a few ideas […]

Show Your True Colors

I enjoy running on a paved trail near my home that meanders along a beautiful river. There are granite markers placed along the path every quarter mile, reminding me how far I’ve run and how many miles I have yet to go. I’m so familiar with the trail that I know each mile marker by the terrain surrounding it. One […]

Greg and Jennifer Willits: The Normal Catholics Next Door

In their new book, The Catholics Next Door: Adventures in Imperfect Living, Greg and Jennifer Willits claim that there is no bilocating or levitating going on their suburban home. I have to wonder though, as they seem to be doing superhuman work in the “New Evangelization” of the Catholic faith. They founded The Rosary Army to promote devotion to the […]

My Soul is a … Jet Pack?

As a parent of two teenagers, I often feel guilty about my shortcomings. I never did teach them Latin, we still have a long way to go on Bible studies, and, occasionally, I serve macaroni and cheese for dinner. There is one thing I have gotten right though — both my children are very comfortable with the sacrament of Reconciliation. […]

Forgiveness is Freedom: An Interview with Kinyarwanda Director Alrick Brown

Most Americans are familiar with the Holocaust and the horrible atrocities we associate with that genocide, but few can give details about the brief, but massive, genocide that occurred in Rwanda in 1994 when over 800,000 people were murdered in just 100 days. During the genocide, the lower-class Hutus brutally hunted down their hated enemies, the upper-class Tutsis whom they […]

The Mighty Macs is a Rush!

Imagine a young Vince Lombardi wandering into a tiny private college and agreeing to coach the misfit, no-budget football team for $450.  That is the type of impact made by 22 year-old Cathy Rush, the greatest coach you’ve probably never heard of – until now – when she first set foot on Immaculata College in 1970.  This weekend, The Mighty […]

The Pro-Life Message of “The Way” – Opens October 7

The Way will be released in select cities on October 7th.  To find a theater near you, visit the website The film is rated PG-13 for drug use, smoking and thematic elements. Interestingly, the original subtitle for the movie The Way was “You don’t choose a life.  You live one.”  It was changed to “Life is too big to […]

Need Help? Dial 911 for St. Joseph!

I recently ran into a good friend at daily Mass whom I hadn’t seen in awhile, and we lingered outside afterward to catch up on each others’ lives.  While discussing our devotions to various saints, she mentioned that she dedicates every Wednesday to St. Joseph.  She uses a “Spiritual 9-1-1” prayer, based on a devotion advocated by Blessed Teresa of […]