Come, Holy Spirit: The Song-Prayer of Cardinal Stephen Langton

Statue of Stephen Langton outside of Canterbury Cathedral - By Ealdgyth (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Cardinal Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1207 until his death in 1228, was a voluminous writer whose homilies are collected and preserved in Lambeth Palace.Langton drafted the Magna Carta to make peace between the unpopular King John of England and a group of robber barons. It promised the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, access to swift justice, and limitations on feudal payments to the Crown, to be implemented through a … [Read more...]

The 13 Catholics in Statuary Hall: On Memorial Day, Remembering Our Heroes

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 One of the most popular tourist destinations in Washington, D.C. is National Statuary Hall. Also known as the Old Hall of the House, it's a semicircular gallery immediately south of the Capitol Rotunda. For nearly fifty years—from 1807 through 1857—Statuary Hall served as the meeting place for the House of Representatives. The Hall now houses many of the 100 statues of great Americans (two from each state) which together comprise the National Statuary Hall Collection.It’s an extra … [Read more...]

Lighting a Candle: 66th Annual Christopher Awards Showcase Great Movies, Books

Christopher Awards

For 66 years, the Christopher Awards have honored those in media whose work has "affirmed the highest values of the human spirit."The works--feature films, TV and cable shows, books for adults and for young readers--are drawn from both the sacred and the secular. They tell both true stories and fiction. The common thread which unites the winners of the prestigious award is that they are inspiring stories of people who rise above their own wants and needs to act selflessly, regardless of the … [Read more...]