Oops!  I forgot to mention this:This week, I'll be guest-blogging over at The Anchoress, while Elizabeth Scalia takes some much-needed time off. You should come over and check it out!  It takes three of us to fill The Anchoress' shoes:  Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Elizabeth Duffy, and me.  It promises to be a week of fun with some good friends.Since my bilocation skills are not that great (and since I still have a day job!), I will probably not bother to post over here.  Check out The Ancho … [Read more...]

Playing in Peoria: The St. Michael Prayer

In 1886, concerned about the spread of communism around the world, Pope Leo XIII penned a prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.  Based on the Book of Revelation’s report of a great heavenly battle (Revelation 12:7), the prayer invokes the assistance of the Archangel Michael to protect us against the evil one.  Pope Leo instructed Catholics around the world to recite this prayer after Mass. The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel was commonly recited after Mass from that time until the 1960s.  Th … [Read more...]

For Mothers Everywhere: On Scrubbing Toilets and the Challenger Disaster

Twenty-six years ago, on January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, disintegrating over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of central Florida.  All seven of its crew were killed, including the “Teacher in Space,” Christa McAuliffe.On this sad anniversary, it’s not space flight I want to talk about, though.  I want to talk about jealousy, and about the seasons of life.When the Challenger exploded, I had three young children at home.  To supplement our … [Read more...]