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      A large family is God’s blessing

      By today's standards, a family with three children is considered to be a large family. A century ago, my great grandmother had 24 children:...

      Primal Rage

      This morning, as I begin this column, ten people at a community college in Oregon were killed by yet-another loner gunman, seeking some kind...

      Married Saints

      Glance at any catalogue of saints and you will be struck, as I was, at how few of them were married. There are Mary...

      Learning Death from History

      Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. So declared the famed historian George Santayana in 1863, and there is a...

      A Hallowed Eve: The Spiritual and Cultural Traditions of Halloween  

      Halloween has always been a complicated holiday, laced together with many threads of different spiritual traditions and cultural customs. It has always stirred up...

      Mirth, according to Saint Thomas Aquinas

      On this feast of a 'mirthy' saint, it is a propos to take a brief glance at what Saint Thomas says about this most...

      Saint Joseph, A Working Man

      Saint Joseph has two 'feast' days in the universal Church, neither of which is technically a 'feast'.  The first, on March 19th, is his...

      Maria Goretti, Lust and the Noon-Day Devil

      Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God (Mt 5:8)But I say to you every one who looks at a woman...

      Of Hiroshima and Houston

      I have an article published this morning in Crisis magazine on the evils of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, responding to an author...

      Myriads of Saints

      A blessed solemnity of All Saints to all our readers, a feast that goes back to the earliest days of the Church, as a...