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

Images of holy silence

How much do you value silence? Our Lady of Silence Pope Francis keeps a copy of a modern icon-like painting of Mary near the elevators in the … Read More

Flowers for the Queen

removed hat does Joseph of Arimathea have to do with Christmas? Don’t we usually hear about Joseph of Arimathea only during Holy Week, when — in all … Read More

While the Blessed Virgin waits

Have you ever looked at something you really wanted — perhaps a special gift, or a puppy or a job description — and said to yourself, “Oooooh,” … Read More

Who visits your house Christmas Eve?

How did Santa Claus (Jolly Old St. Nick) become a Christmas angel? We can thank Martin Luther. St. Nicholas The Protestant reformer, who lived in Germany 1483-1546, … Read More

All the animals, two by two

In the First Sunday of Advent’s (Dec. 1) Gospel, Jesus speaks of the “days of Noah” when asked about the coming of the Son of Man at … Read More