Mary flew with Charles Lindbergh

As we move into Advent, we feel a special affinity to Mary, as she waited for the birth of her son. This is, in part, why Pope … Read More

Waiting through Advent with Mary

We celebrate the First Sunday of Advent this weekend, Nov. 29. Sundays are always a big celebration day in the church. Each Sunday is a mini-Easter, when … Read More

Passing the Door of Death

There are five main doors into St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. One of them is called “the Door of Death” or “Door of the Dead.” The door … Read More

Is there a fourth, named archangel?

On Nov. 8, both Greek and Antiochian Orthodox churches will celebrate the “Synaxis of the Holy Archangels.” Synaxis is a Greek word meaning “a gathering of beings … Read More

Saints of creepy crawlies

Halloween is a time of creepy, crawly things. And nothing is more creepy and crawly than spiders, snakes and even frogs. Yet, as the famous Anglican hymn … Read More

Look up and see candle light?

Now that parts of the upper Michigan have had their first dusting of snow within the past weeks and most of us have had frost, it might … Read More

Painted by St. Luke?

What do St. Luke, the Archangel Michael, plague and COVID-19 have in common? A painting of the Blessed Virgin and her child, known as Salus Populi Romani. … Read More

What if it wasn’t an apple?

Which fruit did Adam and Eve eat? An apple, right? Not necessarily. Oh, we’re all familiar with artwork that shows a tree of the knowledge of good … Read More

Mary’s scarred face of war

This month, we mark the anniversary of a tragedy: the attack of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The ash-covered images of twisted destruction haunt … Read More