Wearing slippers around God’s house

Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, and has since become known as the unofficial end of summer. For the fashion-conscious, Labor Day used to be … Read More

Learning the ABC’s through the ages

“A B, … C D, … E F G, …” We all know the children’s song that helped us learn the alphabet. As we move into back-to-school … Read More

When Mary wears a crown

One of the newest feasts of Mary on our liturgical calendar occurs this month. Aug. 22 is the memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. … Read More

Waking up from a centuries-long sleep

We’re in the midst of the lazy days of summer, and July 27 brings us to what was once a very popular feast in the Medieval Catholic … Read More

Some explosive saints

Fireworks have been a part of our national July 4 holiday since the beginning. The National Archives preserves a copy of a letter John Adams wrote to … Read More

Shapes have changed, not the purpose

The next time you attend Mass, take a look at the chalice that is used at the consecration. What makes it different from any other cup at … Read More

That chalice with a cover

Sometimes on the altar, you may see something like a chalice with a lid and a cross on top. It often gets put into the tabernacle, along … Read More

A little chapel with a footprint

“Suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?” (Acts 1:1-11). We … Read More

Prayers given at Fatima

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

Breaking something at Mass

Every time you attend Mass, something gets broken. And you may not even notice it. But when this break happens, it assures us of the resurrection of … Read More