IN GOD’S IMAGE: The Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome

Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.  -- 1 Corinthians 3:16-17For a tourist in Rome, there is wonder around every corner.  Priceless antiquities are everywhere—the Colosseum rises beside the freeway, obelisks jut skyward in shopping malls, and ancient relics sit amid the Vespas in crowded parking garages.  Pop into a church alo … [Read more...]

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Columbus, Clemson, and the Perpetually Offended (UPDATED)

Today, October 12, is Columbus Day. Except for the fact that the mail didn't come, I hardly noticed.In the 1950s, Columbus Day was a pretty big deal in America: Flags waved, offices were closed, parades marched down Main Streets in countless small towns, and schoolchildren learned about the hero explorer whose fleet--the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria--made landfall in the Americas in 1492.After the Fourth of July, October 12 was our nation's second birthday celebration-- because it … [Read more...]

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Michigan’s Underwater Crucifix Draws Record Crowd for Annual Viewing

For the last 29 years, the faithful and the curious have braved the harsh Michigan winter on one Saturday in February or March to step onto the frozen surface of Little Traverse Bay, near Bayfront Park in Petoskey.There was a record crowd this year:  According to the Emmet County Sheriff's Department, 2,021 viewers made the hike on the frozen lake March 7.  Sgt. Dennis Jessick of the Emmet County Sheriff's Office Dive Team, who organizes the event each year, reported that many of the locals a … [Read more...]

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