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

Prayers given at Fatima

On May 13, 1917, three children — Lucia dos Santos and her cousins, Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto — experienced the first of six reported visions of … Read More

Breaking something at Mass

Every time you attend Mass, something gets broken. And you may not even notice it. But when this break happens, it assures us of the resurrection of … Read More

Flowers from Japan now in Oregon

Flowers and Easter. The two just naturally go together. A legend, dating to at least the Middle Ages, says that St. Thomas — never shaking the title … Read More

Where is the crown of thorns today?

As we enter Holy Week and contemplate the Lord’s Passion, one central image of Jesus’ suffering — other than the Cross — is the crown of thorns. … Read More

Where it’s all spelled out

Most of us are used to seeing crucifixes bearing the inscription “INRI” above Jesus’ head as he hangs on the cross. INRI stands for “Jesus the Nazarene, … Read More

The seven signs of John

When you’re driving, you pay attention to signs. Some signs inform you to go in one direction, others order you to “turn here,” and still others tell … Read More