There You Have It, Folks! Pope Francis on the Fundamental Role of Women in the Church

Pope Francis with women

There was a great hullabaloo in the blogosphere last week, when word got out that Pope Francis had washed the feet of two young women on Holy Thursday.  Was this licit?  Was it a rejection of ecclesiastical law?  A return to Gnosticism?  A bad example for confused Catholics in the pews?Today in St. Peter’s Square, speaking at the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis may have tipped his hand—showing us the direction he is headed with regard to the role of women in the Church.First he r … [Read more...]

Teresa of Avila: Patron of Catholic Writers and Headache Sufferers!


A Saint I Can Relate To!St. Teresa of Avila, whose feast day is celebrated on October 15, was a mystic, writer, reformer, and the founder of the Discalced Carmelites.  In 1970, she was one of the first women to be named a Doctor of the Church.In 1577 St. Teresa’s guide for spiritual development, The Interior Castle (in Spanish, El Castillo Interior) was published.  In the book, she envisioned the soul as a crystal globe in the shape of a castle containing seven mansions, each rep … [Read more...]

The Power of a Mother’s Prayer

Her son was a wild one. She had tried to impart solid virtues and a lively faith—but her atheist husband quashed that with his brusque way and bad example.So when her eldest son reached his teens, he broke away—rejecting Christianity for an occult religion, and preferring an easy life of casual relationships and carefree sex.  He fathered a child out of wedlock.When her son had first begun the drinking, the carousing, the reckless lifestyle, she had turned her back in grief, forcing … [Read more...]