Julia Greeley: Woman of virtue

Hundreds of people were drawn to the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on June 7 for the transfer of Julia Greeley’s mortal remains, which were exhumed as a part […]

The event of Christianity, a thing of beauty

When Christianity is reduced to a mere set of precepts or dogmas, living out one’s faith could be perceived as a burden, and the faith could seem to be something […]


It’s Howdy Doody Time!

Three or four times each month, Father X (as I’ll call him here) celebrates the noontime daily Mass I regularly attend. I’m grateful for his homilies, which are almost always […]

Archbishop to deacons: Make your marriages ‘stand out’

“It’s essential that your marriages stand out,” Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila told nine men who were ordained to the permanent diaconate June 17 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate […]

Narthex laps and cracker crumbs: Dads give tips for surviving Mass with a toddler

Any parent with a toddler knows how ruthlessly exhausting – yet, infinitely rewarding – parenthood becomes when they get to that point. Speaking from my own experience, my daughter, now […]


Miscarriage: The Secret That Shouldn’t be Kept

We buried our child yesterday. A child I got to know only though the sound of a heartbeat in a doctor’s office. We listened to that heartbeat every week for […]


The true call of masculinity

“God wished women to be smooth and to rejoice in their locks growing spontaneously, as a horse in his mane. But He adorned man like the lions, with a beard, […]


Fathers, You Are Teachers

Dr. Jared Staudt, PhD, serves as the catechetical formation specialist for the Office of Evangelization and Family Life Ministries. As dads we want our kids to be happy. We want […]


Way beyond the New Atheist nonsense

Given the intellectual flimsiness of their work, it’s best to look for cultural causes to explain the “New Atheists”’ popularity. And surely one factor here is the now-canonical notion in […]

Iron sharpens iron

Courage. Strength. Leadership. These are but a few of the qualities men were created to exude; staples of masculinity that draw each man closer to God. Scripture has a lot […]

Spiritual fatherhood, in a priest’s own words

This Father’s Day, we remember not only our earthly fathers, but also the priests who are our “spiritual fathers” as well. These men so generously give of their entire lives […]

‘Well done, good and faithful servants’: Priests celebrate milestone anniversaries

65 years Monsignor Edward Madden Monsignor Edward Madden remembers hearing God’s call of him to the priesthood as young as three years old. While attending daily Mass at St. John’s […]