Grace and the life of the soul

What does grace mean to you? For some, it means simply the classic definition of the word: “pleasing,’ “elegant” or “refined.” For Catholics, however, grace is something … Read More

The lady and the cross

Sept. 14 is the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Before 1960, when the two were combined, there was another feast of the Holy Cross … Read More

What was Mary really like?

What was Mary, the Mother of God, like on earth? Despite her key role in salvation history, Mary — whose birthday the church celebrates on Sept. 8 … Read More

Why the pope doesn’t have a crosier

Why doesn’t the pope carry a crosier Bishop David Ricken and other bishops, do? The pope does carry a papal staff, but it is not technically a … Read More

Jesus’ women disciples of July

In July, we honor some of the women who were close to Jesus in his earthly ministry. This, firstly, includes his mother, the Blessed Virgin. However, she … Read More

An apostle or a disciple?

Between now and the end of July, we celebrate the feasts of three Apostles: Peter (June 29), Thomas (July 3) and James (July 25). The Eastern Orthodox … Read More

When a full moon was marred

Have you ever watched a lunar eclipse? North America experienced a partial lunar eclipse on Jan. 31, but will not see a total lunar eclipse on Jan. … Read More

Beseeching the Spirit upon the world

For 1,200 years, there’s been a popular song on the church’s hymn list — and it has ties to Ascension and Pentecost. “Veni Creator Spiritus” (“Come Holy … Read More

David’s star and Jewish history

This year,  on May 14, the world marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. (The actual anniversary marked in the Jewish faith … Read More