Why do we call it ‘Lent?’

Why do we call it “Lent?” Technically, we should call it “40.” That’s what this season before Holy Week and Easter was called in its earliest days: … Read More

Candles and an active elderly couple

This week, we celebrate the feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Feb. 2). Under the Law of Moses, a firstborn son belonged to God. On his … Read More

What did Peter’s boat look like?

Even though we may think of boats when we think of some familiar Bible stories, there really aren’t that many boats in the Bible. There’s Noah’s ark, … Read More

‘Behold, the Lamb of God’

Look! There  is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (Jn 1:29) When you think about it, why did John the Baptist … Read More

Which king came from Asia?

Who was oldest? Go on. Make a guess: Which of the Magi was the oldest? And who came from Africa? One day a year — and all … Read More

Exploring the point(s) of the Star

How many points are on your Christmas star? Many years ago, my brother and I built a wood Christmas star to put on our parents’ house. We … Read More

Fish food for Christmas Eve

Christmas is often a time to think about sheep and lambs, oxen and even a Christmas goose. But how many think of the Christmas carp? For many … Read More

St. Nicholas has some company

You might think that the monsters had vanished with Halloween. However, there are still some monstrous — and other strange — creatures to be found in the … Read More

The final judgment gets the goats

On the solemnity of Christ the King, the readings speak about sheep and shepherds — and goats. In Matthew’s Gospel (25: 31-46), we hear what has come … Read More

How did priests come to wear collars?

One of the most distinctive items worn by priests — outside of vestments at Mass — is what many call “the Roman collar” (or collarino). This is … Read More