Foundations of Faith

Lady Day, the day the swallows come back from Nazareth

March 22, 2022

Are you ready for Lady Day? No, I am not referring to a jazz singer from the middle of the last century — Billie Holiday. Instead, this is the name […]

Finding blood on a stone

March 15, 2022

As we journey through Lent, we are headed toward Calvary with Christ. When we think of Calvary, or Golgotha as it was called in Hebrew, we naturally think of the […]

Stations of the Cross remind faithful of Christ’s perfect example, depth of love

March 8, 2022

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — From partaking in the sacrament of reconciliation to fasting to choosing what to give up, Lent is full of traditions that Catholics around the world take part […]

When an old couple got new names

March 1, 2022

Why do people change their names? There can be many reasons, some perfectly legitimate like adoption or marriage and some not so legitimate, such as aliases for criminal purposes. The […]

A last bite before Lent begins

February 22, 2022

Taking a bite out of the last of what, at one time, became forbidden food during Lent has led to many tasty traditions. Two of the biggest are Mardi Gras […]

Making those little hosts we receive

February 15, 2022

All of us know what altar bread looks like. But why? And how is it made? Today’s altar breads — also called “hosts” — are unleavened. This means they contain […]

Why does Jesus wear red?

February 8, 2022

Jesus is often depicted wearing a red mantle or even an entire red robe. While this is sometimes only a choice of the artist, the use of the color red […]

Were there any Black popes?

February 2, 2022

On Feb. 8, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita. February is also Black History Month in the United States.

What’s behind the curtain?

January 25, 2022

The first time I noticed curtains in tabernacles was when I saw the tabernacle that had survived the Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871. This wood tabernacle — usually at St. […]

Remembering the name that heals

January 19, 2022

While the Christmas season ended with the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord on Jan. 9, the entire month of January has traditionally been devoted to the Holy Name […]

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