Holy Grail, Holy Girls, and Holy Grill

Lawrence before the Roman prefect Valerius

On August 10, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of St. Lawrence of Rome.I remember his story from my childhood:  His name is evocative of romance, of danger, of grit and guts and grace.  Among the hundreds of saints who have been formally canonized by the Church, St. Lawrence stood out in my youthful mind as a sort of Robin Hood figure—loving the poor, jovial in his daring example before the King.In particular, I was entranced by three stories from his life:  the legend of the sacr … [Read more...]

Big News for Archeology and for Christendom: Tomb of Apostle Philip Uncovered in Turkey

He’s kind of like the “Come and See” Saint.-- Philip brought to Jesus his friend Nathaniel who, along with Philip, dropped what he was doing and became a follower of Christ.-- He brought to Jesus the boy with a basket of food, and so witnessed the miracle of the loaves and fishes.-- And Philip wanted to see for himself—so he asked Jesus, at the Last Supper, to show him the Father. *     *     *     *     * The archeological world has been abuzz this week with the news that the tomb of the a … [Read more...]

GOT FAITH? In Death as In Life, Miguel Pro Is an Inspiration

GOT FAITH?  And what’s it worth to you? On this day, people of faith remember 20th century martyr Miguel Pro, a Jesuit priest who died by firing squad on November 23, 1927.  His joy and courage in the face of execution are an example to all of us.  While we will most likely never be asked to defend to the death our deepest held beliefs, we do face “little” persecutions—the scorn of nonbelieving co-workers, or the disdain and disregard of liberal media—on a daily basis.  Miguel Pro shows us how … [Read more...]