Author: Rachel Amiri

Spousal Abuse and the Stories of the Saints

I love the saints, and always have; I remember pulling out my copy of the old Fr. Lovasik 1950s-era Picture Book of Saints (you know the one) and reading the stories straight through, rapt with attention to the diverse names,...

Spousal Abuse and the Stories of the Saints

The World Needs More of God’s Power and Mercy

Last week, I posted about the upcoming “Abide in Me & I in You” free online mini-retreat, led by Sr. Kathryn James Hermes, F.S.P. on SmartCatholics. The retreat is happening this Saturday, April 23, at 3pm Eastern. In case you’re...

The World Needs More of God’s Power and Mercy

Easter with Pope Francis: Hope in the Peace of Christ

The Holy Week liturgies are always grueling ones for an elderly pontiff. This has been more apparent than ever this year with Pope Francis, whose ongoing mobility issues slowed him down during the recent trip to Malta as well as...

Easter with Pope Francis: Hope in the Peace of Christ

Holy Thursday with Pope Francis

For the first time since 2019, Pope Francis’s schedule on Holy Thursday looked much like it did before the pandemic. He began the day with a Chrism Mass celebrated with some 1,800 Roman priests and many other bishops, cardinals, and...

Holy Thursday with Pope Francis

Praying in the Presence of God

As we enter the Triduum, many of us are taking stock of the Lent we’ve had–and the resolutions to commit to prayer which we’ve likely made, broken, and re-committed to–and could be feeling more than a little discouraged. We know...

Praying in the Presence of God

“Father, Forgive Them”

In his homily for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Pope Francis reflected on Christ’s words at the crucifixion: The mantra “save yourself” collides with the words of the Saviour who offers his self. Like his adversaries, Jesus speaks three...

“Father, Forgive Them”

Francis Is Focused on Peace for Ukraine

In Malta today, Pope Francis again heightened his rhetoric about the war in Ukraine. Condemning in no uncertain terms the brutal and now over month-long invasion by Russia, he said: Yet from the east of Europe, from the land of...

Francis Is Focused on Peace for Ukraine

Ask Your Husband: Complementarity Gone Wrong (Part 3)

In the second installment of this series on Stephanie Gordon’s book, Ask Your Husband: A Catholic Guide to Femininity, published in February by TAN Books, I discussed how Gordon’s guidance is potentially harmful to her readers’ wellbeing. Today I’d like...

Ask Your Husband: Complementarity Gone Wrong (Part 3)

Francis’s Curia Reforms: Recommended Reading

On the Solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19, 2022, Pope Francis unveiled his highly anticipated reform of the Roman Curia in a new apostolic constitution for the Roman Curia, entitled Praedicate Evangelium, or Preach the Gospel: on the Roman Curia...

Francis’s Curia Reforms: Recommended Reading