Trust, Witness and Grace Collide

I was 16 years old when I started practicing the Catholic faith.  Like many, I had received the sacraments of initiation but grew up...

The physical effects of the scourging and crucifixion of Jesus

Much has been written about the physical and psychological effects of the crucifixion of Jesus, often by surgeons, psychiatrists, and other doctors. While well-intentioned,...

Life Is Fragile, So Use The Good Dishes

One of the greatest lessons learned during my nursing career is the fragility of human life. Many times when a patient and their loved...

Lenten Second Sunday and the Salvific Spirit of Sacrifice

‘This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!’ When the disciples heard this, they fell to the...

Sine Qua Non of Sunday Family Dinner

A few years ago, my husband and I looked around at our family and realized that our existing dining area was becoming too small...

The Second Sunday of Lent: The Wonder of the Transfiguration

The Transfiguration is celebrated twice in the Church’s liturgy: on the second Sunday of Lent but also on 6 August. The latter date is...

The First Message of His Holiness, Saint John Paul II, for Lent

(In the spirit of beginning our Lenten journey, here is a retrospective of the first Lenten message by Pope (Saint) John Paul II.  He...

Moral Meltdown: A Magisterial View of the Morality of Embryo Adoption

Perusing the website of Snowflakes, an American adoption agency, the viewer is presented with myriad photos of respectable, young-to-middle-aged couples radiantly embracing beautiful, healthy,...

Compassion is not cynical: a reply to David Bentley Hart on Annulment and Divorce

David Bentley Hart has recently suggested that the Eastern Orthodox practice of divorce is more coherent and compassionate than the Catholic practice of annulment. The...

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ: From the Visions of Anne Catherine...

In this account of Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich’s visions regarding the Last Supper, trial, scourging, carrying of the Cross, crucifixion, death and resurrection of...