A talking donkey in the Bible

Many of us have seen movies with donkeys as sidekicks to cartoon characters. Some of these donkeys are pranksters and able to speak — sometimes in sarcastic … Read More

A walk to seven churches

What started as a picnic to counter a Mardi Gras atmosphere in Rome has become a beloved Holy Thursday tradition. The Seven Churches Visitation started in Rome … Read More

It didn’t start with a guitar Mass

How do you handle the “sign of peace” at Mass? Do you shake hands, wave a two-finger peace sign, or chat with friends? For some, the sign … Read More

Beans and bread at Joseph’s Table

Did St. Joseph love a good meal? Nothing in the Scriptures mentions this about Joseph. But given a tradition that started in Sicily and spread even to … Read More

Jesus and the wild animals

“Lions and tigers and bears, oh my.” OK, Jesus may not have dwelt with tigers, but lions and bears lived in the Judean wilderness where he fasted … Read More

The psalm that starts Lent

Each Lent begins with the same psalm at Ash Wednesday Mass: Psalm 51, known as the Miserere. Its first words are, “Have mercy on me, O Lord. … Read More

Numbering on stone tablets

In the Gospel this weekend (Mt 5:17-37), Jesus mentions the Ten Commandments in his teaching. Have you ever looked at images of the Ten Commandments and wondered … Read More

A Catholic’s book of superheroes

We all love stories about superheroes. Who doesn’t like — and secretly want — special powers and abilities well beyond what mere mortals seem capable of doing? … Read More

Simeon was ready to say ‘good-bye’

That’s it; I’m ready to go.” This weekend, on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, we hear similar words from St. Simeon. He actually said, … Read More

Remembering the holy spouses

How often do you think of the marriage of Mary and Joseph? While it was never universally celebrated, for a long time parts of the church celebrated … Read More