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

Look up and see candle light?

Now that parts of the upper Michigan have had their first dusting of snow within the past weeks and most of us have had frost, it might … Read More

Painted by St. Luke?

What do St. Luke, the Archangel Michael, plague and COVID-19 have in common? A painting of the Blessed Virgin and her child, known as Salus Populi Romani. … Read More

What if it wasn’t an apple?

Which fruit did Adam and Eve eat? An apple, right? Not necessarily. Oh, we’re all familiar with artwork that shows a tree of the knowledge of good … Read More

Mary’s scarred face of war

This month, we mark the anniversary of a tragedy: the attack of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The ash-covered images of twisted destruction haunt … Read More

Why a bishop always wears a cross

Anyone who has met a bishop dressed in his black suit (called “clericals”) will have noticed the cross he wears, sometimes tucked into his breast pocket. This … Read More

The difference between deadly and dangerous

We all know “mortal” means something very serious: mortal danger, mortal combat, mortal wound. “Mortal” is so serious that if we see a video game or movie … Read More