On a Wing and a Prayer: Airport Chaplains Offer Help and Hope to Travelers

“Dear friends, make sure that every person—of whatever nationality or social background—can find in you a welcoming heart, able to learn and understand.” --Pope Benedict XVI June 11, 2012Good advice for all!  In this case, though, our Holy Father was speaking to airport chaplains.At the invitation of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, some 100 priest chaplains and assistants gathered in Rome June 11-14 to discuss new methods and new forms of e … [Read more...]

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A Homily in Stone: The National Shrine of the Little Flower

I was just a young child when I first visited the Shrine of the Little Flower.  My mother and sisters crowded into the car with our neighbors and drove to Royal Oak, Michigan for a pilgrimage of sorts.  We prayed a rosary at the outdoor shrine of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and we gasped at the sheer beauty of the church which bore her name.It wasn’t until years later that I came to appreciate the rich history of the shrine.  In 1925, when Royal Oak was a sparsely populated distant suburb of Detr … [Read more...]

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The Sistine Chapel: A Liturgical Classroom for the Ages

On October 31, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI observed the 500th anniversary of the Sistine Chapel by offering a prayer—celebrating Vespers beneath Michelangelo’s famed frescoes of biblical stories including, most famously, the Creation of Adam.The Holy Father called the chapel a “liturgical classroom,” explaining that “It is as if during the liturgical action, the entire symphony of figures comes alive, certainly in the spiritual sense, but also…in the aesthetic sense. The Sistine Chapel, encompass … [Read more...]

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