IMAGE AND REALITY: God’s Vision for Womanhood

Image and Reality - bannaer

What makes a woman beautiful?If the magazines in the checkout aisle are to be believed, women are beautiful if they are lanky, blonde, and air-brushed.If they carry a few extra pounds after that last pregnancy, if they have greying temples or a sagging chin or a furrowed brow, they are not trying hard enough!Contemporary media--television, movies, magazines and the movie industry--all support the idea that beauty is only skin deep.  For the teen girl struggling to understand her own w … [Read more...]

Should the Catholic Church Sell St. Peter’s Basilica to Help the Poor?

St Peters Basilica in Rome

"I looked up at the great basilica, and I had two reactions:  First, I appreciated its beauty and reverence; but then I thought, 'What corruption caused someone to spend so much on this building when people are hungry'?" *     *     *     *     * I made a new friend on the train this week.  Mark described himself as a Christian but not a Catholic.  As Amtrak #358 sped along the track from Chicago, where I'd been attending a conference, to Dearborn, Mark and I chatted about a lot of things:  abo … [Read more...]

The Trapdoor on Christ’s Right Shoulder

Christ the Redeemer 1

I have just soaked up all the beauty and the mystery of "Arms Wide Open", a breathtaking on-line photo story from BBC News about Rio de Janeiro's famed statue of Christ the Redeemer.Words fail.  I can't do justice to the dramatic photography and the full backstory for Cristo Redentor, the iconic sculpture which overlooks Brazil's poor in the favelas, the rich in the luxury high-rise apartments, the homeless, the famous football stadiums and Guanabara bay with its scattered islands and boats. … [Read more...]


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