From a medieval sweet tooth

There are many saints associated with food and cooking. For example, St. Honore, a sixth century bishop of Amiens, is a patron of bakers. Legend says this … Read More

Snake and staff history

Have you ever noticed a similarity between medical symbols and the first reading for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (Sept. 14, Nm 21: 4-9), … Read More

Wearing slippers around God’s house

Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, and has since become known as the unofficial end of summer. For the fashion-conscious, Labor Day used to be … Read More

When Mary wears a crown

One of the newest feasts of Mary on our liturgical calendar occurs this month. Aug. 22 is the memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. … Read More

Some explosive saints

Fireworks have been a part of our national July 4 holiday since the beginning. The National Archives preserves a copy of a letter John Adams wrote to … Read More

That chalice with a cover

Sometimes on the altar, you may see something like a chalice with a lid and a cross on top. It often gets put into the tabernacle, along … Read More

A little chapel with a footprint

“Suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?” (Acts 1:1-11). We … Read More