Archbishop Kurtz Thanks the Holy Father for The Blessing of the Unborn Child


On October 9 in Rome, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, archbishop of Louisville, thanked the Holy Father personally for the Vatican’s recent approval of a new blessing for the child in the womb.News reports from Catholic News Agency quote Archbishop Kurtz’ statement to the Synod of Bishops, currently underway in the Vatican: “Warmly extending the love of Christ to families as they prepare for the birth of their child, this sacred gesture is both a positive and hope-filled way to announce to socie … [Read more...]

Teresa of Avila: Patron of Catholic Writers and Headache Sufferers!


A Saint I Can Relate To!St. Teresa of Avila, whose feast day is celebrated on October 15, was a mystic, writer, reformer, and the founder of the Discalced Carmelites.  In 1970, she was one of the first women to be named a Doctor of the Church.In 1577 St. Teresa’s guide for spiritual development, The Interior Castle (in Spanish, El Castillo Interior) was published.  In the book, she envisioned the soul as a crystal globe in the shape of a castle containing seven mansions, each rep … [Read more...]

In This Year of Faith: Thank You, Mr. Monaghan, for the Catechism

Catechism of the Catholic Church

“Before we begin,” said Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, “I want to thank Tom Monaghan for funding the Catechism.”The group gathered at the Archbishop’s Palace in Vienna gasped—Mr. Monaghan, despite occasional snips in the press, has always been modest about his personal philanthropy, and even his office staff had never heard this story.  I was there, and I heard the Cardinal’s heartfelt expression of thanks.On this twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, I join with C … [Read more...]