It’s not the first time one of my CCD kids came up with the topic for class.   We were talking about Lent.  That’s a broad enough subject, and the book our parish uses had it conveniently broken down for me into the history, purpose, and sacrifices of Lent. My fourth grade class is always curious and eager to talk and ask questions, which is part of what I love best about teaching them. We explained prayer, fasting and almsgiving as familiar practices for Lent. Of course the word almsgiving immediately… Read more

David Scotton is 18 and on a journey to Indiana to meet the birth parents he’s never known.  His inspiring true story is featured in I Lived on Parker Avenue, a new film that looks at adoption from the perspective of all involved. Adopted at birth by loving parents, David isn’t sure what to expect but he’s felt for a long time that he must meet the mother and father he was born to. I Lived on Parker Avenue is a… Read more

Pope Francis has called for February 23, 2018, to be an international day of prayer and fasting for peace, in particular for the populations of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Sudan. The Holy Father urged participation by the members of other religions to join in the initiative, in the forms they consider most suitable. “Facing the tragic continuation of conflicts in different parts of the world, I invite all the faithful to a special day of… Read more

No corporation should profit from or facilitate sexual exploitation.   That’s the core belief behind the Dirty Dozen list, an activism tool for those of us who want a voice against pornography and its ramifications in our society. Unfortunately, many well-established brands, companies, and organizations in America are profiting from sexual exploitation right now.   Since 2013, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has published an annual Dirty Dozen list to name and shame the mainstream players in America that perpetuate sexual… Read more

  A newly approved miracle at Lourdes has been declared by French bishop Beauvais Bishop Jacques Benoit-Gonin.  Ten years ago a nun suffering from a debilitating disease was cured after she visited the Marian shrine.  This newly approved miracle is the 70th to be recognized as an act of divine intervention at Lourdes. The bishop of Lourdes announced the approved miracle of Bernadette Moriauat at Mass at the shrine’s basilica, on February 11th, the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes. The bishop has the last… Read more

Bishop John Barres, who is marking his one-year anniversary as leader of Long Island’s 1.5 million Catholics, is encouraging kids to come to church in their sports team uniforms. The Bishop of Rockville Centre, NY aims to boost church attendance and vocations. The head of the nation’s eighth largest diocese or archdiocese is calling for a “full court press” of all the young people involved in sports on Sunday mornings.  He specifically mentioned CYO, Catholic Youth Organization sports, in asking athletes and their coaches to model a… Read more

40 Days for Life is a powerful prayer campaign held at Planned Parenthood abortion centers around the country.  This week 40 days comes to Hempstead, Long Island, where a very active Planned Parenthood often has committed pro life prayer folks out front. The event is sponsored by a group with an attention-grabbing name, Pro Bikers for Life.  What?  Bikers, as in motorcycle dudes in denim & leather?  Yes, those bikers, and specifically the ones for whom Christ is central in… Read more

photo:  Saint Josephine Bakhita has become known as the patron of human trafficking victims   International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General have designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in in her native Sudan.  She was sold… Read more

We hear plenty about how the Church’s stance on the sanctity of life from the moment of conception is a turn off to so many folks today (often, without having fulling understood it).  But there are plenty of people for whom that truth was a compelling reason to become Catholic.  A new book details their conversions. Surprised by Life is the fourth in the “Surprised By” series by Patrick Madrid.  Twenty-three years ago, Surprised by Truth was published, the first volume of conversion stories, followed by Surprised by Truth 2 and in 2002 by Surprised… Read more

Our Blessed Mother is often referred to by the name of the location where she appeared or by the title she gives herself in apparitions. One of the least known titles and Church-approved apparitions is the Blessed Mother as Our Lady of Good Success. Mariana Francisca, known as Mother Mariana, received apparitions starting on the day of her First Communion.  She was told then that she would become a nun with the order, Her Immaculate Conception, which she did.  In 1577, when Marianna was just 13 years old, she left Spain with… Read more

Browse Our Archives