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

The wounds of Christ during Lent

On the fourth Friday of Lent (Friday of the Third Week of Lent), following the tradition of the Passionist Community in Rome, Catholics have remembered the “Five … Read More

Speaking in another language

Did you know you speak Greek? Every time you go to Mass, the celebrant has the option of using Greek at the beginning. During the penitential rite, … Read More

Cleaning things out during Shrovetide

Shrovetide is upon us. Lent is coming and the last days — even a week — before its arrival have been considered Shrovetide for centuries, dating back … Read More