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

How a poor leper started quarantines

What does the poor man Lazarus in Jesus’ parable have to do with quarantines? St. Lazarus the beggar, covered with sores, became the patron saint for lepers … Read More

A ladder that says so much

We all love symbols. One image can say so many things. Hearts for love and folded hands for prayers. Another example is the ladder  in the Old … Read More

Churches offer a nautical reminder

Now that we are returning to our church buildings for Mass, many may feel like they have entered a harbor in a storm. Most of us have … Read More

Why show John the Baptist with wings?

There’s a popular energy drink that claims it can give you wings. Hold on, you might say. Only angels have wings. Technically, they don’t either, since angels … Read More

Just who dusts that 95-foot pillar?

At this time of year — even more so this year — thoughts turn to spring cleaning. That’s always a big project, but can you imagine cleaning … Read More

Prayers during plagues

COVID-19, called a pandemic by most, reminds others of a biblical plague. However, the coronavirus is not the only problem of epic proportions. Right now, in 2020, … Read More