Science and Religion: Natural Enemies, or Best Friends Forever?

For Blaise Pascal, a seventeenth century mathematician and scientist, faith in God is the most necessary and therefore the most reasonable thing in the...

The Last Easter Vigil Homily of Pope Benedict XVI

EASTER VIGIL HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI Saint Peter's Basilica Holy Saturday, 7 April 2012 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Easter is the feast of the new creation. Jesus...

Bach’s Easter Oratorio

Bach's Easter Oratorio is the companion piece to his Passions. First performed on Easter Sunday in Leipzig, April 1, 1725, the congregation - fortunate...

Easter Sunday: O Sacred Banquet in which Christ is Received!

Christ our Passover has been sacrificed, alleluia; therefore let us keep the feast with the unleavened bread of purity and truth, alleluia, alleluia (Communion...

Good Friday

One of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. He who saw this has testified...

A Meditation for Good Friday: How To Undo the Effects of Sin?

Cardinal Newman, now Blessed John Henry Newman, was a towering figure of nineteenth-century Catholicism who is almost universally admired. I say “almost” because not...

The Mystery of the Mass

‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me….This is the cup of the new covenant in my blood....

Holy Thursday: The Institution of the Holy Eucharist

The most vital characteristic of our Catholic faith is not its external organization that has of late, thanks to Pope Francis, attracted the attention...

Pope Benedict’s Last Holy Thursday

An excerpt to ponder, from Pope Benedict XVI's last Holy Thursday address to his fellow priests, back in 2012, less than a year before...

Bach’s Two Passions

A blessed and grace-filled Passion/Palm Sunday to all our readers. Johann Sebastian Bach, according to sources, wrote five 'Passions', orchestral chorales based the final...