All the animals, two by two

In the First Sunday of Advent’s (Dec. 1) Gospel, Jesus speaks of the “days of Noah” when asked about the coming of the Son of Man at … Read More

From circuses to cathedral Masses

We all have heard a pipe organ played in a church. And, when played well, we can understand this quote attributed to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “To my … Read More

The black and white of funerals

When the priest arrives to celebrate your funeral Mass, what color vestments do you want him to wear? If you automatically said “white,” you’ve attended many Catholic … Read More

Is your life all over at the grave?

Why should I pray for someone who has died? Isn’t it all over for them? They’re dead and buried. What would prayers matter to them now? Sometimes … Read More

A better way to start your day

What’s the first thing you do when the alarm sounds in the morning? Groaning, “Oh, no, it’s not even light,” might come to mind. However, a better … Read More

What first got Cain in trouble?

We’re in the midst of harvest time surrounded by all sorts of harvest celebrations, from apple and pumpkin festivals to Oktoberfest parties. Celebrating the harvest is something … Read More

A stairway to heaven in your hand

Most of us are used to thinking of the rosary as a prayer aide. But did you ever think of it as a ladder? Besides the more … Read More

Before there were church buildings

The holidays are not that far off and some people may already be planning for family gatherings. As you prepare for Thanksgiving or Christmas, do you realize … Read More

What’s the name of that cloth?

When you go to a fancy restaurant, do you notice the table linens? The fresh starch and the precise folds made it a special occasion, didn’t it? … Read More