The People in Jerusalem on Pentecost: Who Were They?

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd,but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language.They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and P … [Read more...]

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Columbus’ Ship, Just Discovered Near Haiti, Was Dedicated to the Immaculate Conception

Exciting news for underwater explorers:Underwater archeological explorer Brandon Clifford believes that he has discovered the remains of Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria, off the northern coast of Haiti.  The ship rests on a reef, just 10 to 15 feet below the water's surface.If it does turn out that the discovery is the Santa Maria, it will be one of the most significant underwater archeological discoveries in history.The Santa Maria was the largest of Columbus' three … [Read more...]

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The Holy Innocents, St. Augustine, and the Coventry Carol

Today, during this octave of Christmas, the Church celebrates the memory of the Holy Innocents—the male children of the village of Bethlehem who were brutally murdered by the wicked king Herod in his quest to eliminate the Christ Child.I offer you three reflections on these innocent children:First, the Scriptural account of the massacre, as recounted in the Gospel of Matthew; Second, a homily by St. Augustine, who remembered the young martyrs and spoke of  heaven’s blessings streaming … [Read more...]

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