Category: History

Historic Prayer for the United States
0

Historic Prayer for the United States

by

For the welfare of the Republic.

SCOTUS
3

SCOTUS

by

With bluster, ink, and bray. Lawyers five, get their way. Let Sodom sin; so they connive. Out with God; in with sex drive. Yet they preach right prim of legality, That man’s law must be obeyed. No, ‘tis base to bow, when reality Has the highest law betrayed. T’would be wrong to supersede, Against authority […]

Luthers Today
6

Luthers Today

by

From Germany yet again today rises the aroma of dissent. Whether this will ripen into schism or outright heresy will be clear after the conclusion of this fall’s Synod on the Family. Some modern-day princes of the German Church and numerous German bishops are, as did Martin Luther some centuries ago, attempting to heretically alter […]

St. Rita of Cascia
0

St. Rita of Cascia

by

It is common for a child growing up in a Catholic home to know about Saints.[i] Many Catholic children are asked “to name that Saint”, or the most important question of all “what is your Confirmation name.” These questions take thinking and researching. There are times where researching a Saint can be almost impossible. According […]

On the Road Again: St. Paul--Satan's Apostle to Ambassador for Christ
0

On the Road Again: St. Paul–Satan’s Apostle to Ambassador for Christ

by

His name was Saul. In his young and undiscovered days, before he became Paul the Apostle, he worked as lead prosecutor for the Sanhedrin, the Jewish Supreme Court in Jerusalem. In those days Saul was eager to make a name for himself, to kill or to die to obtain notoriety. “Someday,” he thought, “I’m going […]

Waterboy, Where are You Hiding?
6

Waterboy, Where are You Hiding?

by

John Mark was only a boy when he met Jesus. His mother Mary, a prominent member of the seventy disciples who followed Jesus throughout his three-year ministry, opened her home to the Lord and his Apostles. In the upper room of Mary’s house they held the Last Supper. Six weeks later the Apostles and Mary […]

His Flesh is True Food
0

His Flesh is True Food

by

“Take and eat; this is my body… Drink from [the cup], all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant…” (Matthew 26:26-27). These are Jesus’ words at the Last Supper, on the first “Holy Thursday,” as he offered to his apostles what appeared to be bread and wine. As Catholics, we believe that Jesus […]

Documentary on the Shroud Airs Sunday
2

Documentary on the Shroud Airs Sunday

by

All four gospels mention the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. The Shroud of Turin is believed by many to be that burial cloth. It is etched with the image of a man that was scourged, crowned with thorns, crucified, and lanced in the side. If it is real, it provides archeological evidence of the most […]

The Journey of the Magi: Baby, You're Gonna Be a Big Star Someday
0

The Journey of the Magi: Baby, You’re Gonna Be a Big Star Someday

by

Now the shepherds were not the only ones who visited the Holy Family after Jesus was born. Stargazers from Arabia soon arrived. They stopped off at the fortress-palace of Herod the Great because they needed directions. Men are often too proud to admit when we’re lost but the stargazers swallowed their pride and entered the […]

 Three Common Misconceptions About the Immaculate Conception
0

Three Common Misconceptions About the Immaculate Conception

by

Today, December 8th, the Church would observe the feast of the Immaculate Conception. This year the feast is transferred to Monday the 9th, giving precedence to the Second Sunday of Advent. In my experience, the Immaculate Conception is one of the most misunderstood teachings of the Church. Today, I’d like to address three common misconceptions […]

The True Story of Thanksgiving: Squanto, the Pilgrims, and the Pope
2

The True Story of Thanksgiving: Squanto, the Pilgrims, and the Pope

by

We and the Mayflower Pilgrims owe thanks to the Pope and some Catholic priests for the Thanksgiving of 1621 with Squanto and the Plymouth Colony. Growing up within sight of Boston, Massachusetts meant lots of grade school field trips to the earliest landmarks of America. We looked forward to those excursions because they meant a […]

Castellani's Eyeglasses
1

Castellani’s Eyeglasses

by

I have a dear friend in Buenos Aires, Fabián Rodríguez Simón, a voracious reader and recalcitrant freethinker. Every time we meet I like to engage with him in tough (and bitter) theological disputes. In one occasion, while reviewing the great Catholic writers of the 20th century, from Chesterton to Lewis, from Bloy to Tolkien, my […]

Memorial Day
0

Remembrance Day

by

There is an old country graveyard near the town where I live. For years the small Clearwater Cemetery was all but forgotten and neglected. In the middle of that graveyard lies the forlorn grave of a young soldier who died six days before the end of the First World War. The decrepit fence surrounding the […]

Reformation Day: To Celebrate or Lament?
2

Reformation Day: To Celebrate or Lament?

by

Last year on Reformation Day (October 31) one of my cousins mentioned the Protestant “holiday” on Facebook. It was a celebratory post. “Happy Reformation Day!” Reformation Day marks the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. It highlights the Protestant reformers who began new denominations rather than remaining within the Catholic Church. I mention it in this […]

Struble's Holy Land Adventures a Generation Ago
1

Struble’s Holy Land Adventures a Generation Ago

by

With the Middle East in mayhem, I’ve been thinking back to my travels in Egypt and Israel during a less tumultuous time.  Upon returning to my teaching post in snowy Salzburg Austria, I found myself suffering from a fever – possibly a result of the sudden change from shirtsleeve weather to freezing cold.  From the […]

The Hope of Lepanto: the Feast of the Holy Rosary
0

The Hope of Lepanto: the Feast of the Holy Rosary

by

We are not to lose hope even in the face of the nightly evening news. We have Jesus and all the treasures of the Catholic Church. And on October 7, we have the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, also known as Our Lady of Victory. This feast is not just an example that […]

Treasures of Tradition:  St. Clement's Letter to the Corinthians
3

Treasures of Tradition: St. Clement’s Letter to the Corinthians

by

When beginning a consideration of the Church Fathers almost everyone will begin with Clement. Considered the second, third or fourth pope after Peter (depending on whose list you agree with), he marks the first post-apostolic writer whose text remains with the Church today. His identity is somewhat of a mystery running the range from the […]

June 1-2: Triumph with Messenger of The Truth on PBS
1

June 1-2: Triumph with Messenger of The Truth on PBS

by

This Sunday, June 1, and Monday, June 2, a miracle of sorts takes place on mainstream TV as PBS affiliates broadcast a documentary about a heroic Catholic priest. Messenger of The Truth is about Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko, chaplain to the Solidarity labor union that nonviolently took down the communist regime in Poland. Some efforts to […]

A Study of Transcending Disability
0

A Study of Transcending Disability

by

I keep a bust of Ludwig van Beethoven on the fireplace mantle in my home. It reminds me of the human capacity to overcome adversity to achieve great things. When I doubt myself in my own acquired disability of multiple sclerosis, I listen to Beethoven — particularly his 9th symphony — written in total deafness, […]

Jesus Gets His Hands Dirty
2

Jesus Gets His Hands Dirty

by

Back in the mid-1990’s, before the internet ruined our lives (I’m kidding. Kidding) I was in the seminary, discerning a possible call to the priesthood. They were amazing years, and gave me a solid faith formation, an opportunity to come to know the beautiful heart of the Church from a unique and powerful perspective, and […]

The Church in the Heart of Israeli-Jewish Society
0

The Church in the Heart of Israeli-Jewish Society

by

With a formal Pontifical Mass the Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem inaugurated the first Catholic pastoral center for migrant workers in Israel on April 26 in Tel Aviv. Those present included the Apostolic Nuncio in Israel, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, and the Ambassador of the Philippines in Israel. Father David Neuhaus SJ, coordinator of the […]

“Santo Subito!”
3

“Santo Subito!”

by

The average wait to see him was 13 hours. The line was over 3 miles long. Over 150 cardinals concelebrated, 700 archbishops and bishops were present, and 3,000 priests participated. It was the largest gathering of statesmen in human history. It was the first time an Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church had attended a […]

The Solitude of St. Patrick
2

The Solitude of St. Patrick

by

I rise today with the strength of the sky, with the light of the sun, with the splendor of the moon, with the brilliance of fire, with the blaze of lightening, with the swiftness of wind, with the depth of the ocean, with the firmness of earth, with the firmness of rock. — From the […]

Paul in Arabia: From Messenger of Satan to Ambassador for Christ
0

Paul in Arabia: From Messenger of Satan to Ambassador for Christ

by

I went into Arabia (Gal 1:17b).  To Arabia, but to what part?  To Mount Sinai, to the Red Sea, and to the city of Petra, a tour of salvation history, for God through his grace equipped Paul to be the Ambassador for Christ. To prepare himself, Paul spent forty days and forty nights in the desert […]

Page 1 of 41234