Thank God

In November 2006, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on thanksgiving: In our Christian families, children are taught to always thank the Lord prior to eating with a short prayer and the Sign of the Cross. This custom should be preserved or rediscovered, for it teaches people not to take their “daily bread” for granted but to [Read More...]

The Way to a Fruitful Life

Knowing that evil exists in our lives but that Christ frees us from its chains is the key to freedom in this world. The life of a Christian is blessed by sacramental grace. Anything we can do to add to the soundtrack of sanctification, to have the air we breath be blessed, enriches everything we [Read More...]

Going Along for a Ride with Pope Francis

By now, many have a favorite photo of Pope Francis. His moments with Vinicio Riva is certainly a leading contender. The site — one of the best places to go to read what the pope is actually saying on a regular basis — has a great image of Fr. Federico Lombardi of the Vatican [Read More...]

St. Catherine of Alexandria, Intercede for the Persecuted

Today (Nov. 25) we celebrate the memorial of the martyr St. Catherine of Alexandria. This is the entry about her from the famous Butler’s Lives of the Saints (does anyone give a set as a wedding or Baptismal gift anymore?): Catherine was a noble virgin of Alexandria. Before her Baptism, it is said, she saw [Read More...]

Ferguson Sounds Alarms on the Conscience

Have that awful feeling that comes from a nation seeming to be gawking at evil this morning? It was a bit like tuning into CSI Ferguson last night, as I commented on National Review Online. Archbishop Richard Carlson’s plea for peace to the people in Ferguson — and those who have gathered there — is [Read More...]

By the Grace of God

Monday, Nov. 24 is the memorial of the martyrdom of St. Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions. An entry in this month’s Magnificat magazine explains: On this day we remember one hundred seventeen martyrs of Vietnam who gave their lives in various persecutions from 1740 to 1883. This group of ninety-six native Vietnamese and twenty-one Spanish and [Read More...]

Accept the Most Perfect Reign

Fr. Robert Barron, a priest of Chicago, rector of Mundelein Seminary, and founder of Word on Fire ministries (which you may know from the Catholicism series that aired on PBS and EWTN and is available on DVD), writes in the November issue of Magnificat: Some years ago, a priest friend of mine suggested that in [Read More...]

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...]