St. Monica: two different views

Today marks the feast of the mother of St. Augustine. Below, two dramatically different depictions of this woman who died sometime late in the 4th century. The first comes from John Nava, and is one of the studies he did for the gorgeous tapestries at the cathedral in Los Angeles. The artist for the second [Read More...]

Memorial Mass held for James Foley

From The Wall Street Journal:  On Sunday, however, hundreds of people descended on Our Lady of the Holy Rosary parish with a new, painful focus: to remember James Foley, the U.S. journalist and New Hampshire native who was killed last week by extremists in the Middle East. More than 900 people packed the aisles and [Read More...]

“Blessing of the planes” in Alaska

Details: Some Anchorage pilots may feel safer in the skies now that a Catholic priest has blessed their planes. Rev. Leo Walsh of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church performed a blessing ceremony Tuesday evening at Lake Hood Seaplane Base. The Catholic priest sprinkled holy water and prayed over about a dozen planes while their owners looked [Read More...]

Saints who suffered from depression

With this topic very much in the news today, it seems a good time to remember that even the holiest of people have suffered from periods of despair. One who suffered was St. John Vianney: St. John Vianney, the famous Cure of the tiny French village of Ars, is most popularly known as the holy [Read More...]

Diner drops prayer discount after atheists threaten to sue

You probably remember this story from several days back. Well, here’s an update:  Mary’s Gourmet Diner has announced it will no longer offer occasional discounts to people who pray before eating, citing the threat of legal action. The restaurant’s prayer discount had gone viral in recent days, making national news shows and sparking heated arguments [Read More...]

US bishops ask parishes to pray for Iraq on August 17

This release just arrived in my in box:  The chairman of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asked the U.S. bishops to invite the people of their dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on Sunday, August 17. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, [Read More...]

Denver Christians, Jews, Muslims to pray for peace, “coming together as a people who believe in God”

Details:  Demonstrating his deep concern for growing violence against innocent people in the Middle East, Archbishop Samuel Aquila invites people of all faith backgrounds to an evening of interreligious prayer at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver. “We must pray and fast for our enemies,” Archbishop [Read More...]

Restaurant offers discount for “praying in public”

Hard to believe, but true:  A North Carolina diner is offering a very different sort of discount to its customers, the prayerful ones. Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is offering a 15 percent “praying in public” discount. Owner Mary Haglund confirmed the discount to The Blaze on Friday saying that she has actually been [Read More...]

In memory of Father Walker…

From the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter:  The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter mourns the death of Rev. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, who was murdered on June 11, 2014 at the Rectory of Mater Misericordiae Parish in Phoenix, Arizona, where he served as assistant priest. He was dearly loved by the faithful he served and his [Read More...]

Happy feast of St. Ephrem!

Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power and idle chatter. Instead, grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience, and love. O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge [Read More...]


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