When We All Fall Down: A Meditation on the Meaning of Death

What words can you offer when a family has lost someone they love, when death claims a child or a young mother?  Even more difficult, what can you say when someone without faith crosses that final threshold, and those he left behind are bereft, deeply worried about his eternal home?I have often thought that of the many responsibilities which priests and pastors face in their ministry, delivering a sermon at a funeral must be one of the most fearsome tasks. *     *     *     *     * That's w … [Read more...]

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This Is Sweet: Stratford Caldecott To Be Buried Beside His Hero J.R.R. Tolkien

Last week I told you about the death of beloved Catholic author Stratford Caldecott of prostate cancer.I love this story out of The Tablet today: Stratford Caldecott, Catholic author and publisher, who died last week, is to be buried alongside his literary hero, J.R.R. Tolkien. Earlier this month, before his family met the undertaker, the relative of someone buried in Oxford’s Wolvercote Cemetery allegedly attacked a tree on the edge of the Tolkien plot because it encroached on their land. … [Read more...]

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How Does the Vatican Know That Those Old Bones Are the Relics of St. Peter?

The Vatican has just announced plans for an unprecedented exhibit:  For the first time ever, to mark the end of the Year of Faith, relics of St. Peter will be put on display for public veneration.The exhibit was announced in L'Osservatore Romano by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.  Archbishop Fisichella said that the veneration of the relics at the Vatican is a fitting way to conclude the Year of Faith November 24.  Millions of … [Read more...]

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