A Man for All Seasons: Sir Thomas More, Statesman, Martyr, and Devoted Father

During this Fortnight for Freedom, I reflect on one of the great saints whose commitment to the Church and to religious liberty is an inspiration to us today. *     *     *     * Sir Thomas More was a man with a bright future.  A successful statesman and a loving husband and father, More was Chancellor in the Court of King Henry VIII, one of the king’s most trusted ministers.But then came Anne Boleyn.At the time, King Henry was married to Catherine of Aragon—a marriage which Pope Clemen … [Read more...]

First-Ever Painting of Native Americans—Discovered in the Vatican?

Close-up of a section of Pinturicchio's "The Resurrection", showing native Americans in feather headdresses

Pinturicchio’s fresco of “The Resurrection” has adorned a wall at the Vatican for 519 years—but someone just noticed that there are native Americans in the scene.   It was 1494 when the Renaissance painter completed the fresco in the Borgia Apartments, now part of the Vatican Library.  Christopher Columbus had just returned from discovering the New World—and had reported that there were men there who danced nude, painting their bodies and wearing feathered headd … [Read more...]

THE CHAIR OF KATHY: From Which I Ponder the Chair of Peter, and Its Significance in the History of the Church

Chair of Kathy

Here is my chair.  It is where I sit, watching the soup pot and watching the birds, and pondering the mysteries of the universe.Today I’ve been thinking about the Chair of Peter, the feast of which we celebrate on February 22.“A feast for a chair?” you ask. Yep.  You see, Peter wasn’t just any old apostle.  Oh, sure, he made a lot of mistakes.  (Pretending not to know Jesus, when approached by that woman at the fire after Jesus’ arrest, was a BIG mistake!)  He was impulsive and blust … [Read more...]


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