Question Why did God create angels? If we (humans) are the crown jewel of all creation, why did he even have to create angels before us? — … Read More

What if it wasn’t an apple?

Which fruit did Adam and Eve eat? An apple, right? Not necessarily. Oh, we’re all familiar with artwork that shows a tree of the knowledge of good … Read More

Do we all have a vocation?

Question In a recent homily, our priest said we all have a vocation. I am not used to hearing that. I think of priests and sisters when … Read More

Mary’s scarred face of war

This month, we mark the anniversary of a tragedy: the attack of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The ash-covered images of twisted destruction haunt … Read More

Why a bishop always wears a cross

Anyone who has met a bishop dressed in his black suit (called “clericals”) will have noticed the cross he wears, sometimes tucked into his breast pocket. This … Read More

The difference between deadly and dangerous

We all know “mortal” means something very serious: mortal danger, mortal combat, mortal wound. “Mortal” is so serious that if we see a video game or movie … Read More

Why some churches use empty crosses

Question “Why do Catholics have a corpus of Jesus on the crucifix and other Christians have an empty cross?” — Appleton Answer Catholics and Orthodox Christians typically … Read More

How a poor leper started quarantines

What does the poor man Lazarus in Jesus’ parable have to do with quarantines? St. Lazarus the beggar, covered with sores, became the patron saint for lepers … Read More