Summer Snowfall Interrupted: Vandals Spoil the Fun at Rome Basilica

St. Mary Major - Side altar

At the beginning of each of the ten videos in Fr. Robert Barron’s “Catholicism” series, there is a scene in which thousands of white rose petals drift downward from the ceiling at Rome’s Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (St. Mary Major).  It’s a breathtaking symbol of the “miracle of the snow”—the rare summer snowfall which, according to legend, fell on August 5, 352, on the Esquiline Hill, one of the famed “Seven Hills” of Rome.It’s a scene that’s recreated each year on August 6, when the Ba … [Read more...]

Medjugorje: An Alternate Perspective

Medjugorje - Spinning Sun 2010

In recent days there have been many harsh words written about the alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje. Howard Kainz, Marquette University professor emeritus, wrote a critical article published June 29 in Crisis Magazine about an invitation he received to attend five apparitions with Medjugorje visionary Marija Pavlovic Lunetti.  The apparitions are slated to occur at the 2012 gathering at the Tabernacle of our Lady’s Messages at Caritas, in Birmingham, Alabama, between July 1 and 5.  … [Read more...]

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes: A Good Time for a Theology Review!

On February 11, Catholics celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.  We remember that on February 11, 1858, Mary appeared to a young peasant girl in a cave at Massabielle, just a mile from the French town of Lourdes.  Young Bernadette Soubirous called her simply “the Lady.”  In all, “the Lady” appeared to Bernadette 18 times that year.  One one occasion, Bernadette asked her who she was; and Mary’s answer was “I am the Immaculate Conception.”  Or, in French, “Que soy era immaculada concepciou.” … [Read more...]


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