Mary’s maternal role in the church

This year’s June 10 “Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church,” will be only the second time the feast has been officially celebrated on … Read More

Mary, Mary, dressed in blue

Have you ever wondered why Mary wears blue? Yes, many images of the Blessed Mother show her in white: Our Lady of Fatima is robed in white, … Read More

How old are the bells of Notre Dame?

Remember Victor Hugo’s Quasimodo swinging the great bells of Notre Dame? Many feared that, like the deaf fictional bell ringer, none of us would ever hear the … Read More

Fasting until the Easter Vigil

Have you ever been so excited that you couldn’t eat? Maybe you came home on school break, or had been away in the service and wanted that … Read More

Pontius Pilate, a saint?

Did you ever think of Pontius Pilate as a saint? On the third Sunday of Lent, many of us heard the Gospel about the Roman prefect (the … Read More

Where Christ fell seven times

How many times did Jesus fall on the way to the cross? If you said “three,” you know your Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the … Read More

Not just for funerals

On the Fourth Sunday of Lent, those parishes with catechumens in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) are encouraged to use the Sunday readings for … Read More

The unicorn at the Annunciation

To most people, unicorns — those white horses with a horn in the middle of their foreheads — are pretty creatures of fantasy. However, in Middle Ages, … Read More

Touched by the stain of evil

As we move deeper into Lent, our focus turns more and more to Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem and the cross. Even though the Gospel for this Second … Read More