St. Cecilia, help us make beautiful music!


On Nov. 22, we celebrate the young life of St. Cecilia, a martyr. This prayer for her intercession is a good one for the renewal of culture: Dear Saint Cecilia, one thing we know for certain about you is that you became a heroic martyr in fidelity to your divine Bridegroom. We do not know [Read More...]

We Are Called to God — Mary Shows Us How to Respond


Today marks the memorial of The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Giving background and context for our lives, Fr. Peter John Cameron writes in his beautiful Mysteries of the Virgin Mary: Living Our Lady’s Graces: The inspiration for the Feast of the Presentation of Mary (celebrated November 21) comes from certain apocryphal texts (notable [Read More...]

A Saint with a Profoundly Happy Marriage


Monday (Nov. 17) is the feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI said of her: Elizabeth’s marriage was profoundly happy: she helped her husband to raise his human qualities to a supernatural level and he, in exchange, stood up for his wife’s generosity to the poor and for her religious practices. [Read More...]

Trusting His Way, the Science of Saints


July 13th is the feast day of the first American canonized saint, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. Here she counsels us on Christian suffering: He will always be with us in our trials, walking with us and sustaining us. He himself promised us, calling us to follow him closely, and his Word will never fail. Sometimes, [Read More...]

Christian, Remember your dignity!


Today is the feast day of St. Leo the Great. In his famous sermon on the Nativity, he wrote: [L]et us give thanks to God the Father, through his Son, in the Holy Spirit, because in his great love for us he took pity on us, and when we were dead in our sins he [Read More...]

Why Do We Celebrate St. John Lateran’s Dedication?

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This Sunday we celebrated the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica. Scott Hahn explains at Why commemorate a church dedication that happened in fourth-century Rome? First, because St. John Lateran is no ordinary church—it’s the cathedral church of the Pope and still known as “the mother of all the world’s churches.” But more than [Read More...]

Dying and Rising: Cardinal Dolan Addresses What Is to Come


Nevermind about parades and synods. The big news in New York in coming days will be the parish mergers and closings that are imminent in the Archdiocese of New York. Changing vocational, economical, community realities make it a matter of good stewardship to make hard choices. Cardinal Timothy Dolan tries to get ahead of the [Read More...]

Pause, Pray, Catch Your Breath … Cardinal Pell Advises


Cardinal George Pell tells Francis X. Rocca from the Catholic News Service: “The secret for all Catholic vitality is fidelity to the teachings of Christ and to the tradition of the church,” said the cardinal, who sits on the nine-member Council of Cardinals advising Pope Francis on church governance. Cardinal Pell said only three of [Read More...]