Mary in the midst of battles

We are used to referring to the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Queen of Peace. She is, after all, the Mother of Mercy, the throne of Mercy … Read More

From a medieval sweet tooth

There are many saints associated with food and cooking. For example, St. Honore, a sixth century bishop of Amiens, is a patron of bakers. Legend says this … Read More

Snake and staff history

Have you ever noticed a similarity between medical symbols and the first reading for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (Sept. 14, Nm 21: 4-9), … Read More

Wearing slippers around God’s house

Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, and has since become known as the unofficial end of summer. For the fashion-conscious, Labor Day used to be … Read More

When Mary wears a crown

One of the newest feasts of Mary on our liturgical calendar occurs this month. Aug. 22 is the memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. … Read More

Some explosive saints

Fireworks have been a part of our national July 4 holiday since the beginning. The National Archives preserves a copy of a letter John Adams wrote to … Read More