• Christ’s Astonishing Words After the Resurrection

    [caption id="attachment_98502" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Stunning 15th Century stained glass window detail with vibrant colors and excellent detail of resurrected Jesus and angels[/caption] The Sign of Peace is a staple of the Mass for most of us. The priest bestows the peace of Christ... Read more
  • The wounds of Christ and the doubt of Thomas

    The following homily was preached by the Reverend Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D., for the Second Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday [April 8, 2018], at the Church of the Holy Innocents, New York City. An embarrassment of riches confronts us today as we observe the Octave Day of... Read more
  • Jim Caviezel on what he learned playing St. Luke—and why he thinks “We don’t love Jesus enough”

    Actor Jim Caviezel, made famous by his starring role in the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ, returns to the biblical genre in the new film Paul, Apostle of Christ. Produced by AFFIRM Films in association with Giving Films, the film opens on March 23. Caviezel plays the Evangelist Luke,... Read more
  • Doubting Sola Scriptura: My Road to Rome, Part 1

    Two of the most important books in my journey from Evangelicalism to Catholicism were a pair of older apologetical works — one anti-Catholic and one Catholic — which I found laughably unconvincing when I first encountered them in college some 30 years ago, and which I set out to refute at... Read more
  • A Catholic tours the Museum of the Bible

    On November 17, to much fanfare and both praise and criticism, the Museum of the Bible (MOTB) opened a short walk away from the Smithsonian museums and Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Housed inside a converted 1923 warehouse, the 420,000 square foot building features six floors of exhibits... Read more
  • Different world, same Word

    PAPUA NEW GUINEA—Flanked by a mass of bodies singing in Kasua, “God’s book has come,” four men shouldered boxes of the first New Testaments in their language toward the Musula village center in remote Papua New Guinea. In front, three women adorned with paint and cassowary feathers... Read more
  • Lent and the Great Paradox

    As eighteenth century English writer Samuel Johnson might have put it, “Nothing concentrates the mind like knowing that I am dust, and to dust I shall return.” And nothing is a more bracing reminder of that reality than the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday. Placed on the forehead in the... Read more
  • Seven Meditations on Christ’s Seven Last Words

    Now we turn to some of the lessons Christ poured out for us while He drained that cup of suffering for our sakes. St. Augustine brilliantly observed: “The tree upon which were fixed the members of Him dying was even the chair of the Master teaching.” St. Thomas Aquinas admirably provides... Read more
  • Amazing Parallels Between Mary and the Ark of the Covenant

    The Church fathers loved to delve into Holy Scripture and find deep meanings and parallels; or types and shadows. One of the titles they gave to the Blessed Virgin Mary was New Eve or Second Eve: because the first Eve said “no” to God and brought about original sin and the fall of... Read more
  • Appeal to St. Joseph to Fight the Devil

    “The devil also exists in the twenty-first century, and we need to learn from the Gospel how to battle against him,” Pope Francis preached in a homily on April 11, 2014. Many are the weapons in our struggle against evil. In Ephesians, St. Paul urges us to put on the whole armor of God,... Read more