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

Lights shining in the darkness

November is the cloudiest month of the year in the Upper Midwest. The Weather Channel and weather-atlas.com both note that November averages only 25 to 35 percent … Read More

Going up the mountain in church

Is your church located on a mountain? Or maybe a hill? Even if it isn’t outside your church, there is a mountain inside. The most important piece … Read More

Russia’s ties with Our Lady of Fatima

Mary, as “Our Lady of Fatima,” is forever tied to the Russian people — and even more so since events in 1917 and 1929. This Oct. 13, … Read More

Mary in the midst of battles

We are used to referring to the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Queen of Peace. She is, after all, the Mother of Mercy, the throne of Mercy … Read More

Archangels: Exploring the ‘bodiless powers’

At the end of September, we celebrate a feast of angels. Since 1970, western Catholics have celebrated the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels on … Read More

From a medieval sweet tooth

There are many saints associated with food and cooking. For example, St. Honore, a sixth century bishop of Amiens, is a patron of bakers. Legend says this … Read More

Snake and staff history

Have you ever noticed a similarity between medical symbols and the first reading for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (Sept. 14, Nm 21: 4-9), … Read More

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