A Homily in Stone: The National Shrine of the Little Flower


I was just a young child when I first visited the Shrine of the Little Flower.  My mother and sisters crowded into the car with our neighbors and drove to Royal Oak, Michigan for a pilgrimage of sorts.  We prayed a rosary at the outdoor shrine of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and we gasped at the sheer beauty of the church which bore her name.It wasn’t until years later that I came to appreciate the rich history of the shrine.  In 1925, when Royal Oak was a sparsely populated distant suburb of Detr … [Read more...]

Oxymoron of the Week: Pro-Life Catholics for Obama

Michael J. New

Today I am proud to offer a guest post from Michael J. New, assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan Dearborn and a regular columnist at the National Review Online.I met Michael just a few weeks ago quite by chance.  We found ourselves standing side by side on Telegraph Road in Dearborn Heights in a light drizzle, holding pro-life signs during the national Life Chain.After adhering to the Life Chain rules and standing in silent prayer for perhaps half an … [Read more...]

The Sistine Chapel: A Liturgical Classroom for the Ages

Sistine Chapel - Hands of God and Adam

On October 31, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI observed the 500th anniversary of the Sistine Chapel by offering a prayer—celebrating Vespers beneath Michelangelo’s famed frescoes of biblical stories including, most famously, the Creation of Adam.The Holy Father called the chapel a “liturgical classroom,” explaining that “It is as if during the liturgical action, the entire symphony of figures comes alive, certainly in the spiritual sense, but also…in the aesthetic sense. The Sistine Chapel, encompass … [Read more...]