Bishop’s decree: stop holding hands

Hot on the heels of the new Roman Missal translation, the Bishop of Covington, Roger J. Foys, has issued a decree clarifying the proper gestures and postures for Mass, according to rubrics laid out in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. As he notes: The rituals of the Roman Church, of which we are [Read More...]

The story behind “Now Thank We All Our God”

From the vault, one of my favorites: I suspect most Catholics don’t know the name Martin Rinkart. But this Lutheran deacon and composer left us a beautiful testament to faith and thanksgiving: he composed the hymn “Now Thank We All Our God.” Some details about his life and times shed new light on this familiar [Read More...]

Happy Thanksgiving: a blessing for travelers

All-powerful and ever-living God, when Abraham left his own land and departed from his own people, you kept him safe all through his journey. Protect us, who also are your servants: walk by our side to help us; be our companion and our strength on the road and our refuge in every adversity. Lead us, [Read More...]

What does an examination of conscience look like?

This intriguing short film describes one effort to answer that question, with the creation of a statue at Fairfield University.  (h/t In All Things). Read more about it and see a slide show here. [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words, prayer edition

Sent to me this afternoon by a friend: [Read more...]

"Confessions of a Rosary Rattler"

That’s the title of this fine piece by Pat Gohn that looks at how she came to appreciate the rosary — and the woman behind it: My white-haired grandmother, Henrietta, owned a beautiful rosary with tiny delicate pearlescent beads. She kept it on her bedroom bureau in a small metal. Whenever I’d visit her apartment, [Read More...]

"We invoke the divine blessing on these animals…"

“The animals of God’s creation inhabit the skies, the earth, and the sea.  They share in the fortunes of human existence and have a part in human life.  god, who confers his gifts on all living things, has often used the service of animals or made them symbolic reminders of the gifts of salvation.  Animals [Read More...]

Happy October

It’s the month of the rosary – so, to kickstart the month, here’s a great video that was produced a couple years ago for young people. [Read more...]

Praying through the storm

From Diane over at Te Deum laudamus comes this beautiful report and photo gallery about a pro-life Mass and march by the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, taking place one day before the 9/11 anniversary — and serving, I think, as a timely reminder of the value of all life.  Above, dozens of marchers trek [Read More...]

A prayer for teachers at the start of the school year

Dear God, A new school year is about to begin and my classroom door will soon open to the students you’ve assigned to my care… Open my mind and heart to each of them and especially to the ones who will challenge me the most… Help me challenge my students, all of them, to study, [Read More...]


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