GOOD FRIDAY: “Praying the Steps” Is a Cincinnati Tradition

Image courtesy of Holy Cross Immaculata parish

A PRAYERFUL TRADITIONAtop Mount Adams, the highest point in Cincinnati, Ohio, stands Holy Cross Immaculata Church.  Overlooking the downtown area and the Ohio River, it is a beacon of faith to local Catholics.And each year on Good Friday, pilgrims from the local community and around the world flock to the historic church for a 155-year-old tradition called "Praying the Steps."From midnight on Holy Thursday until midnight on Good Friday, more than 10,000 pilgrims climb the long … [Read more...]

For His Birthday, Robert Frost’s “Prayer In Spring”

The beloved American poet philosopher Robert Frost, four-time Pulitzer Prize winner, had a birthday this week!  Frost was born on March 26, 1874.Frost is best known for his sentimental depictions of American rural life.  You may remember one of his best known verses: "Two roads diverged a wood--and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."Today, though--as light flakes of snow fall here in Michigan (again!)--I'd like to share his Prayer In Sp … [Read more...]

And She Conceived by the Holy Spirit: A Reflection on the Annunciation

Wherever you live, chances are you hear the church bells from time to time.  Perhaps you’ve grown so accustomed to their gentle pealing that you don’t even notice—but Catholic churches ring their bells three times each day:  at 6:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 6:00 p.m.It’s called The Angelus—a call to prayer.  The Angelus is a traditional prayer to Mary, the Mother of God, which consists of three short “versicles” and responses, with three Hail Mary’s and a special concluding prayer.  The custom i … [Read more...]