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

Visions of Fatima

On May 13, 1917, three children — Lúcia dos Santos and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto — experienced the first of six reported visions of the … Read More

A cross from two epidemics

Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” When Pope Francis spoke these words of Christ from Mark’s Gospel (4:38) five different times during his extraordinary Urbi … Read More

The Crown of Thorns and jujube candy

Last year, on April 15, fire raged through the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, destroyed its roof and spire and damaged the upper walls. Almost a year … Read More

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