Under the Christmas Tree: Books for Children of All Ages

Each year during Advent, I've tried to  offer a list of great books for children: silly stories to make kids laugh, picture books that will fill them with wide-eyed wonder, fact books to help them learn, all kinds of titles to tuck under the Christmas tree. This year my mailbox has filled with colorful new story books that are sure to become favorites. I thought I'd share some of them with you--and busy parents can click on the links and have them delivered direct to your mailbox. BOOKS FOR C … [Read more...]

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Disgraced Priest Fr. Edward Belczak Sentenced to Prison

It's a story of sin and deception, forgiveness and remorse. On December 1, Father Edward Belczak, former pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Troy, Michigan, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for stealing more than half a million dollars from the parish.But despite Fr. Belczak's admission of guilt in the case, parishioners and friends have been generous in their support. When the priest was removed from the pastorate in January 2013 as the investigation began, his former … [Read more...]

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The Miraculous Myrrh-Streaming Icon of St. Anna

We've had an interesting visitor in my hometown of Detroit this week.  An icon of St. Anna, the mother of the Holy Virgin Mary, was displayed on Saturday at historic Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Detroit. The Icon, which is considered to have miraculous properties, is currently on a tour of religious centers in the region.On Saturday, the Very Rev. Lev Kopistiansky, rector at Holy Trinity, and  Archimandrite Athanasy, rector of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery in Pennsylvania, conducted a pr … [Read more...]

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