Lafayette: The American Patriot Who Wasn’t Even an American Citizen

The Marquis de Lafayette

Today, something different:  The story of a hero in the Revolutionary War, the Marquis de Lafayette.The following article is reprinted with permission from Image Books, publisher of The American Catholic Almanac by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson.  I've written before about the Almanac, and how much I enjoy its colorful stories of Catholics from all walks of life.  I told the story of the Snowshoe Priest, Father Frederic Baraga, who carried the gospel message to the  Chippewa tribe in upper Mi … [Read more...]

Begin Advent With Joy, Courtesy of Scott Hahn

Joy to the World

Lowly shepherds.  Skilled astronomers.  An evil king.  An unaccommodating innkeeper.  A pregnant virgin.  A nurturing foster-father.  A host of heavenly beings.  Some cows, and a baby. *     *     *     *     * This cast of seemingly unrelated characters is brought together in an unlikely pastiche that has become one of the most familiar stories of all time:  the Christmas story.   And it's possible--even likely--that you simply accept this improbable story without challenging its veracity.  Bu … [Read more...]

Sheep Behaving Sheepishly


I am a great fan of Dan Lewis' Now I Know.  The small paperback is chock-full of fascinating facts and amazing anecdotes, and things you never knew you wanted to know:  What happens to lost luggage?  What happened to the flags left on the moon?  Did New York City have a plan to reduce crime by banning pinball?Not only do I enjoy picking up Dan's book from time to time, I also receive his daily trivia email.And today, Lewis talks about sheep. *     *     *     *     * Remember those shep … [Read more...]