St. Stephen, First Deacon and First Martyr

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In art, St. Stephen is often depicted with three stones and a martyr's palm.  In Eastern Christian iconography, he is shown as a young, beardless man with a tonsure, wearing a deacon's alb and stole, and holding a miniature church building or a censer, a vessel for burning incense.The first martyr and the first deacon, Stephen's story is told in Chapters 6 and 7 of the Acts of the Apostles.  He was a deacon in the early church; and he was a persuasive preacher who led many to Christ.  The Sa … [Read more...]

An Astronaut’s Christmas Eve Message from Space

On Dec. 24, 1968, our nation was in strife.  The war in Vietnam had divided and demoralized the nation; Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy had been assassinated; and the Zodiac Killer was on the loose. A nation in need of healing listened as the Apollo 8 astronauts, orbiting the moon, read the creation story from the Old Testament Book of Genesis during a Christmas Eve TV broadcast.  Astronaut Frank Borman, aboard the Apollo spacecraft, closed with a greeting to Americ … [Read more...]

Sr. Cristina Covers Madonna’s Raunchy “Like a Virgin”–And Turns It Into a Prayer

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You remember Sister Cristina--the Italian nun who made a splash on social media last year after winning first-place in Italy's version of "The Voice"?  The peppy nun has released her first single from her debut album, a cover of Madonna's 1984 hit "Like a Virgin."The Madonna video, filmed on gondolas in Venice, was downright raunchy.  Sister Cristina has taken the controversial song and turned it into a heartfelt prayer.  Instead of copying Madonna's suggestive writhing and skimpy clothing, S … [Read more...]


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