Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow…. My Farewell Tribute to Patheos

Patheos, I have loved you.When Elizabeth Scalia first invited me to sit in her chair, guest blogging for her while she enjoyed some much-needed down time, she described it as "giving me the keys to a Ferrari." And I had to agree! "The Anchoress" was one of the blogs I read every day, without fail. Indeed, many of the writers over at the Catholic Portal at Patheos had their fingers on the virtual pulse of the Church--Patheos was my "go-to" site for news and thoughtful opinions regarding … [Read More...]

THE O ANTIPHONS and the Beatles: Great Secrets Revealed?

First, I mean no disrespect—but if you are a theologian or a historian or a liturgist, please pop in here to explain something for me.I’ve been reading about the O ANTIPHONS, those profound anticipatory verses from Isaiah which, in the Catholic tradition, are read at Vespers from December 17 through December 23, leading up to the Christmas season.  Lovely prayers, most certainly!  But over and over in the literature, as an after-note, I read that the first letters of the seven Antiphons, wh … [Read More...]

LOOKING BACK: Eight Really Big Stories from “Seasons of Grace”

What do readers want in a good Catholic blog? As the year draws to a close, I've taken a few minutes this week to look back at what on this blog, exactly, elicited the most interest from my readers.Can you equate pageviews with quality? I don't think so.Is the most popular article also the … [Read More...]

He’s Coming! The Great O Antiphons

He’s coming!  And as the Church anticipates the coming of the Messiah at Christmas, we sing the joyful O Antiphons at Vespers during this last week of Advent.Each of the O Antiphons reminds us of a different title for Christ, highlighting one of his attributes; and each refers to Isaiah’s prop … [Read More...]

Serena Williams Just Took Feminism Back a Generation

Serena Williams, named Sports Illustrated's 2015 "Sportsperson of the Year," dressed for her cover photo shoot like [choose one]:a tennis superstar a professional athlete a hookerThe 34-year-old tennis legend, whose career made sports history and earned her more than $74 million in p … [Read More...]

Common Core Architect: Faithful Catholic Schools Shouldn’t Fear New SAT

For years now, Catholic schools have felt pressured to conform to the Common Core because of the perceived need to keep pace with changes to the SAT, to stay competitive in college admissions.But the Newman Society interviewed David Coleman—the president of The College Board which runs the SAT, a … [Read More...]

I LOVE THE ROSE CANDLE! The Significance of Gaudete Sunday

How often a good idea finds expression in the rich liturgy and tradition of the Church!GAUDETE SUNDAY is a case in point.  The word gaudete (pronounced gow dĕ’ tā)—Latin for “rejoice”—is actually the first word of the Introit (Entrance antiphon) of the Mass for that day.  And rejoice, we do!B … [Read More...]

Michigan AG Sues Abortion Doc Who Had “Products of Conception” in His Trunk

Dr. Michael Roth, the Michigan abortionist who was busted by police last October with drugs and human tissue in his car trunk, is now the subject of a civil lawsuit. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a suit December 11, citing violations of Michigan's health code. Roth stands to lose his … [Read More...]

DEAR MR. DEAR: Pro-Lifers Don’t Kill People. You Don’t Speak for Us.

Robert L. Dear Jr., the shooter who burst into a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic and fired a semiautomatic rifle, shooting twelve people and killing three of them, now claims he "did it for the babies."The impassioned and unshaven killer, cuffed at the arms and legs, appeared in court … [Read More...]

Wear the Veil Day: Catholic Young Women Veil in Devotion to the Real Presence

On December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, many young Catholic women across America will be wearing a veil to Mass. I grew up in the pre-Vatican II days when chapel veils or mantillas were de rigueur. All women wore hats or veils to Mass as a sign of reverence. In grade school I wore a r … [Read More...]

The Christmas Plains: A Sentimental Classic from Joseph Bottum

Joseph Bottum is the kind of storyteller who captures your attention with a straightforward phrase, a wordsmith who tickles the imagination with his own brand of plainspeak, elucidating what you knew all the time but couldn't quite put your finger on. He writes as Everyman describing the human con … [Read More...]

Under the Christmas Tree: Books for Children of All Ages

Each year during Advent, I've tried to  offer a list of great books for children: silly stories to make kids laugh, picture books that will fill them with wide-eyed wonder, fact books to help them learn, all kinds of titles to tuck under the Christmas tree. This year my mailbox has filled with … [Read More...]

Disgraced Priest Fr. Edward Belczak Sentenced to Prison

It's a story of sin and deception, forgiveness and remorse. On December 1, Father Edward Belczak, former pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Troy, Michigan, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for stealing more than half a million dollars from the parish.But despite Fr. Belczak's … [Read More...]

The Miraculous Myrrh-Streaming Icon of St. Anna

We've had an interesting visitor in my hometown of Detroit this week.  An icon of St. Anna, the mother of the Holy Virgin Mary, was displayed on Saturday at historic Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Detroit. The Icon, which is considered to have miraculous properties, is currently on a tour of r … [Read More...]