How St Mathias Shows the Way

St Mathias - by Rubens

Today is the Feast of St Mathias–the Apostle who was chosen to replace Judas Iscariot. His selection is very instructive–showing us the way to make decisions as Catholics and being a defense of the Apostolic Succession and the living, dynamic authority of the Church. It all comes from the passage in the Acts of the [Read More...]

Divine Mercy–Light in the Darkness

Divine Mercy

Recently I have been increasingly drawn to the Divine Mercy devotion. At the Catholic leadership conference in Philadelphia I met Fr Michael Gaitley–who is the director of the Divine Mercy shrine in  Massachusetts and listened to his powerful talk on the Divine Mercy. I have begun praying the Divine Mercy chaplet every day, and have [Read More...]

My Conversion Story

Is now posted at the Why I’m Catholic website. Go here. You can also read other versions of my conversion story at the Archived Articles section of this blog here, and you can download audio versions of My Journey to the Catholic Church and the story of how I ended up as a Catholic priest [Read More...]

A Medieval Madonna Caught My Eye

Notre Dame de la Brune

Twenty five years ago a medieval Madonna caught my eye and captured my heart. Notre Dame de la Brune is a restored Romanesque image of the Blessed  Mother. It is in the North aisle of the Abbey church of St Philibert in Tournus, France. This church is a fantastic example of Burgundian Romanesque. You can find [Read More...]

Beam Down Athanasius

athanasius

Today we celebrate St Athanasius, and can somebody beam him down? The place is crawling with Arians again. The simple version is that Arius–a Bishop of Alexandria–taught that Jesus Christ was not fully divine. Nearly the whole church followed this new teaching. It made sense, after all for lots of reasons it was a bit [Read More...]

Chust for Nice

sanmarcoint

The interior of San Marco in Venice. Go here for a story of how my visit to San Marco helped bring me into the Catholic Church. [Read more...]


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