On the Feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr

“The Roman Church commends this day to us as the blessed Lawrence’s day of triumph, on which he trod down the world as it roared and raged against him; spurned it as it coaxed and wheedled him; and in each case, conquered the devil as he persecuted him. For in that Church, you see, as [Read More...]

Remembering a courageous pro-life homily that made history

It happened 70 years ago today: the Bishop of Munster, Germany climbed into the pulpit to condemn the Nazi’s euthanasia program.  Bishop Clemens August von Galen later became a cardinal, and was beatified in 2005.  L’Osservatore Romano takes note: The bishop did not hide from his faithful the names of certain places nor his attempts [Read More...]

On Mary Magdalene, the media, and mercy

Yesterday marked the feast of St. Mary Magdalene — and the Archbishop of Los Angeles offered a beautiful, surprisingly timely reflection. Here’s Archbishop Jose Gomez, from The Tidings: God is kind and merciful. There is no one who is beyond the pale of his redemption. There is no one whom God cannot redeem and use [Read More...]

Remembering Dorothy Day, a "saint of common ground"

She was a woman of our own times — and one who defies easy categorization. This morning, the good people at Huffington Post have just posted this reminiscence from writer and editor Robert Ellsberg: Despite all the sadness and suffering around her, she had an eye for the transcendent. There were always moments when it [Read More...]

Another American saint?

And a New Yorker, too! The sainthood cause of Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai has taken a significant step forward with a Vatican medical board ruling in favor of a miracle attributed to her intercession. Details, from CNS: According to a news release from her religious community, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann [Read More...]

A miracle for Fr. Peyton?

Maybe. With so much bad news flowing out of Catholic Albany, New York these days, this news is heartening: A possible miraculous cure attributed to Catholic media pioneer Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., could advance the beatification cause of the “Rosary Priest” known for his motto “The family that prays together, stays together.” A tribunal based [Read More...]

"If someone does not know God, introduce them to Avery Gerleman."

That’s the astonishing statement of the doctor who treated a young girl whose extraordinary recovery from a deadly auto-immune disorder is now being investigated as a miracle — one that could nudge the fabled Fr. Emil Kapaun closer to sainthood. An excerpt: On Dec. 4, as the hospital staff put Avery through physical therapy that [Read More...]

Detroit officially names St. Anne as its patroness

The woman who was the grandmother of Jesus — and who was a collaborator in the Immaculate Conception — now has a place of honor in the Motor City. Details: To loud applause, the head of the Catholic Church in Detroit announced Thursday that St. Anne — the grandmother of Jesus — is the patroness [Read More...]

Live from Rome

Plucky Elizabeth Scalia nabbed a seat near the festivities and has been live-blogging the big event. Check out her impressions, updated throughout the day, over at The Anchoress. [Read more...]

The pope was his co-pilot

Below, John Paul checks out the cockpit on Shepherd I during his first trip to the United States in 1979. One of the pilots for that trip, Nelson Krueger, has published a charming gallery of photos from that trip — which includes a shot of a guitar that the pope used to play “Silent Night” [Read More...]