Keeping watch on her eyes

You can tell a lot about someone by their eyes. Or, in the case of Our Lady of Guadalupe, from her eyes. People are familiar with Our … Read More

Cannons and lightning for St. Barbara

Halloween was over a month ago, but along comes St. Barbara and another tradition involving disguises and treats. This third-century martyr used to have a feast day … Read More

When St. Joseph chopped wood

PAUL, Minn. — It was a bitterly cold night in the dead of winter 1868, and Bethlehem Academy was nearly out of firewood. The fledgling school in … Read More

Angelic appearances in the rosary

As we move toward a new church year with the upcoming feast of Christ the King (Nov. 21), our thoughts turn to the cycle of salvation history … Read More

When wearing furs to Mass was in vogue

What’s one of the oldest vestments in church history? The surplice. Most of us will recognize the thin, white, often lace-adorned shorter garment that covers a cassock … Read More

Making time while the sun shines

North and south-running lines of longitude on a map or globe marked worldwide time before smart watches and atomic clocks. The use of meridians brought uniformity to … Read More

Lots of bones about it with burials

At Halloween, people see skeletons — or depictions of human bones — more often than usual. While these images are meant to be fun, or a bit … Read More

Those who have died may need our prayers

When did you last pray for the souls in purgatory? The existence of purgatory is a church teaching. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains it this … Read More

A string of beads is not just a rosary

Have you ever prayed a chaplet? Most Catholics may have heard about chaplets, but they may also not really know what they are or how common they … Read More

Not just another day of the week

When you attend church on Sunday, have you noticed that sometimes it isn’t just a regular Sunday Mass, but a special feast day? This happened in August, … Read More