Eastern Plains parish is ‘God’s happy acre’

While St. Mary Parish in Brush is 106 years old, the church building itself just marked its 50th anniversary on June 19. To honor the milestone, on June 25 parishioners […]

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The Supreme Court’s welcome surprise

Right in the middle of the Church’s celebration of the annual Fortnight for Freedom, good news came down from the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving religious freedom that […]

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Fifty years of friendship with Cardinal Pell

Msgr. Thomas A. Whelan, my pastor when I was growing up in Baltimore, was a striking character: Princeton friend of F. Scott Fitzgerald; former Wall Street broker; high-ranking Army chaplain […]

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Summer books for Catholic Bookstore Month

Summer offers us leisure—time for family, travels, and reading. July also provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of Catholic bookstores, with the third annual Catholic bookstore month. The Archdiocese […]

Make Church art great again

Art in the Church is not what it used to be. But in the past, particularly during the Italian Renaissance, the Catholic Church contributed some of the greatest works of […]

What makes a Catholic church Catholic?

Catholic churches in the past were immediately recognizable by their exterior grandeur as well as their interior parts; today, that may not be as true — but there are still […]

Our Lady of Fatima is iconographer’s 100th

Vivian Imbruglia, the iconographer who was commissioned to write the icon of Servant of God Julia Greeley for the Archdiocese of Denver, recently wrote her 100th icon: Our Lady of […]

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The summer reading list

I recently met the good people of St. Benedict Elementary School in South Natick, Massachusetts, which offers classical Catholic education to some very fortunate youngsters. The extensive summer reading lists […]

‘Thank God ahead of time!’: The Faith of Father Solanus Casey

Father Joseph Mary Elder serves as the Vocations Director for the Capuchin Franciscans. “Thank God ahead of time!” This was the spiritual counsel Father Solanus Casey gave to the parents […]

Why icons still matter to a modern world

Icons have existed from the time of the early Church and grew in popularity over the years as an aid in prayer and worship — but today, icons are often […]

Shepherds in the street

For the last several years, the Neocatechumenal Way, a charism of the Catholic Church that aims to bring people to mature Christian faith, has announced the Good News of Jesus […]

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The way God speaks: A review of Cardinal Robert Sarah’s The Power of Silence

In the Catholic world, it was a year of silence. Martin Scorsese fulfilled his longstanding dream to adapt Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence for film. The book chronicles two young Jesuits […]