A river runs through Israel

This past weekend (Jan. 10, 2021), we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord, an event the Gospel of John tells us took place at the River Jordan. … Read More

Mother and child meet along the way

It may seem odd to think of Holy Week right after Christmas. However, there is a tradition in the Philippines that remembers Jesus on the way to … Read More

Toasting the New Year with St. John

During the holiday season, don’t let the only holiday meals be on Christmas and New Year’s. Try a family gathering on St. John’s Day: Dec. 27. (This … Read More

Gift shopping with the Holy Spirit

Do you have your Christmas shopping done yet? It’s getting close and many of us have no idea what to get. Sometimes it helps to remember the … Read More

A jeweled present for Mary

Are you thinking of buying a present for your mom for Christmas? Or for your grandmother, or a favorite sister or niece? Many people turn to jewelry … Read More

Mary flew with Charles Lindbergh

As we move into Advent, we feel a special affinity to Mary, as she waited for the birth of her son. This is, in part, why Pope … Read More

Waiting through Advent with Mary

We celebrate the First Sunday of Advent this weekend, Nov. 29. Sundays are always a big celebration day in the church. Each Sunday is a mini-Easter, when … Read More

Passing the Door of Death

There are five main doors into St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. One of them is called “the Door of Death” or “Door of the Dead.” The door … Read More

Is there a fourth, named archangel?

On Nov. 8, both Greek and Antiochian Orthodox churches will celebrate the “Synaxis of the Holy Archangels.” Synaxis is a Greek word meaning “a gathering of beings … Read More

Saints of creepy crawlies

Halloween is a time of creepy, crawly things. And nothing is more creepy and crawly than spiders, snakes and even frogs. Yet, as the famous Anglican hymn … Read More