The first Christmas food

When you put out your Nativity scene, what do you see when you take up the crib?  The wooden boards of a manger? Straw? Swaddling clothes? Baby … Read More

An oak tree for Christmas?

Have you ever thought of using an oak tree for your Christmas tree? If it hadn’t been for one English saint, you might not be using an … Read More

An old term for Advent’s Lord

“What does that mean: ‘Maranatha’?” A man asked the question after an Advent season Mass last year. The deacon looked at me and said to him: “Ask … Read More

Sin needs healing

“Quick, I’m hurt and I need a bandage.” Or “Hey, you’d better get some ice on that bruise.” We usually know what to do when we get … Read More

The pope no longer wears a crown

It was 54 years ago, on Nov. 13, 1964, when the pope last wore a crown. During the third session of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), just … Read More

Praying for protection

When someone speaks of the Leonine Prayers, the first thing that might come to mind is a lion. After all, the first letter of Peter refers to … Read More

What witness color will you wear?

If you were called into court as a witness, what color clothing would you wear? Most of us would probably wear some sedate, conservative color like blue … Read More

Shining a light on eternity

There’s always a light on at the house that’s in your church. Most of us are aware of what is called “the sanctuary light” in our churches. … Read More

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