• Silence and the Meaning of the Mass

    Robert Cardinal Sarah's recent book The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise explores a number of themes both theological and spiritual, all centering around the unhappy role that noise has come to play in our culture and more specifically in the Church. His observations are... Read more
  • This is the first laundry with Down syndrome workers in Latin America

    Concepción, Chile, May 28, 2017 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Three years ago the Church in Chile launched “Lavandería 21,” a new work inclusion project for people with Downs syndrome, whose results today far exceed what was hoped. It all began in 2012 when the Archbishop Fernando Natalio... Read more
  • Pope Condemns ‘Brutal’ Attack in Kabul, Offers Prayers

    VATICAN CITY — After a major suicide bomb tore through a busy neighborhood in Kabul, killing at least 80 people, Pope Francis condemned the “brutal” act, offering his prayers for the victims and for peace in the country. “Having learned with sadness of the abhorrent attack in Kabul... Read more
  • Fading color purple: America’s worsening cultural divisions

    For various reasons, I didn't get to post a "think piece" this weekend. A "think piece," on this blog, is an essay linked to the news that raises or discusses an issue that I believe is directly linked to religion trends and events that are in the news. So please consider the... Read more
  • Oregon Catholic father of four killed trying to protect fellow passengers

    [caption id="attachment_84590" align="aligncenter" width="690"] Credit: Gillian Flaccus/AP.)[/caption] PORTLAND, Oregon - On a crowded Portland commuter train May 26, a selfless Catholic father of four stepped forward to calm a tense situation. He was that kind of guy. Rick Best defended two... Read more
  • Lessons on Motherhood from the Visitation

    Today is the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lord. It is a feast day that draws us into a deeper love of Our Lord and Our Heavenly Mother. It is also through the Visitation that mothers can enter more deeply into the joy of their vocation, as well as the joy of ministering to one another on the... Read more
  • The Fall of Constantinople on May 29, 1453: A Cautionary Tale

    [caption id="attachment_84558" align="aligncenter" width="575"] Interior of the Hagia Sophia [commons.wikimedia.org][/caption]To some, it is now unthinkable for Notre Dame or the Basilica of the National Shrine to share the fate of Hagia Sophia. But with patience, time, and commitment all things are... Read more
  • Schmucks Like Us

    Before you laugh at Tiger Woods . . . Before you get too distracted mocking Tiger Woods and his problems, ask yourself: Would you pass the Iverson test? I don’t think I would. I was for some years professionally obliged to follow the career and life of Allen Iverson, a gifted and... Read more
  • Remembering the First and Last American Officers to Die in World War I

    [caption id="attachment_84552" align="aligncenter" width="682"] Left: Lt. William Fitzimons. Right: Lt. William F. Davitt[/caption] The first and the last to die in World War I — one healing the body, the other healing the soul. Memorial Day remember so many killed in the... Read more
  • Kidnapped priest pleads for help in new video

    Fr Chito was kidnapped by Islamist militants last Tuesday along with at least a dozen worshippers and church workers Kidnapped Philippine priest Fr Teresito “Chito” Suganob has appeared in a video pleading for help a week after his abduction by Islamic militants. Fr Chito said the... Read more