Once Again Francis, Pope and Prophet, Issues Clarion Call for Unity

Christian Unity

Catholics and Evangelicals:  Have you noticed anything different about how we think of one another?When I was a small child, I remember people sometimes speaking of believers from other denominations almost with a hush. It was as though they were “other”—woefully misguided, wrong-headed—and we we should not associate with them.Vatican II did much to change that attitude. Unitatis Redintegratio, the Decree on Ecumenism, had the restoration of unity among all Christians as one of its princi … [Read more...]

Prayers for Cardinal George As His Cancer Recurs – UPDATED

Cardinal George

Worrisome news today out of the Archdiocese of Chicago:  Cardinal Francis George writes in his column in the archdiocesan newspaper, the Catholic New World, that his cancer has become active once again.We knew that his cancer--which affected his bladder in 2006 and returned in 2012 to affect his kidney and liver--was not gone; but it's been in remission for a year.  Now, he writes in his Lenten meditation to Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago, the tumor is showing signs of new activity. … [Read more...]

The Martyrs’ Rose: Félicité-Perpétue

Rose - Felicite

From a terrace on the River Seine, to a prison wall at Alcatraz, the fragrance of a martyrs’ rose.Antoine A. Jacques was head gardener to the Duc d’Orleans, the future Louis-Philippe I, in Château de Neuilly.  The castle, built in 1751, was burned and destroyed during the Revolution of 1848.  In the 1820s, though, when Monsieur Jacques was gardener, the Château overlooked a series of terraces on the River Seine.Jacques experimented with plants, in particular roses, and developed a num … [Read more...]