Shouldn’t We Celebrate Our Nation’s Birthday on July 2?

Declaration of Independence

I'm a fan of Dan Lewis' book Now I Know and his daily email blog by the same name. He uncovers the "news behind the news"--the unusual facts which leave you scratching your head, and the trivia that will make you the hit at any party. Whatever happened to the flags on the moon? And when was the term "OMG" first used? (Hint: It involved Winston Churchill in 1917.)Today's entry deals with the fascinating origin of our nation's birthday celebration. Lewis contends that we really should be … [Read more...]

Faith of Our Fathers: Abraham Lincoln’s Daily Devotional

ABRAHAM LINCOLN Alexander Gardner [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Abraham Lincoln, in his Second Inaugural Address, quoted Matthew 7:1-3, a scripture which has become inextricably linked to the papacy of Pope Francis: "Let us judge not, that we be not judged." Lincoln sought to move this nation forward with as little hate as possible; and so he repeated that "judge not" line when Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts called for Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, to be hanged.In 1858, speaking in Springfield, he delivered what has b … [Read more...]

The Body and Blood of Christ. Really. Just Think of That!

By Celestebombin (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Sunday, June 7 is the Solemnity of the Most Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi).In anticipation of the feast, I want to remind you about Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina's The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics. As a participant on their blog tour last year, I was asked to write about the Solemnity of the Body and Blood--and I'm only too happy to share this book with you.The feast is celebrated around the world in so many ways. Here at Seasons of … [Read more...]