El Colacho: Corpus Christi and the Devil’s Leap

Baby jumping in Spain

If you are a baby in the town of Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos, Spain, LOOK OUT!Around the world, Catholics and some other Christians celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi two weeks after Pentecost, the Sunday following Trinity Sunday on the liturgical calendar. This year, the feast will be celebrated in the United States on Sunday, June 2.On the feast, which is also called the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Catholics honor Christ fully present, Body and Blood, … [Read more...]

Need to Get Away? Cliffside Retreats to Take Your Breath Away

The Monastery of Roussanou, in Greece

The life of a monk is washed in silence.  Seeking perfect communion with his God, the contemplative seeks out a quiet place where, unencumbered by the distractions of the society at large, he can spend his hours in prayerful devotion.A quiet place like this:Or this:Or this:Monasteries may be nestled in forests and fields, or precariously planted on rocky cliffs, on stony mountaintops, on islands severed from the mainland by choppy seas. For pictures of more of … [Read more...]