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The Saints of Summer

When I was a child, and my parents and grandparents would teach me lessons about our faith and our Saints, I always pictured the Heavenly “offices” of our saints as bustling places, with requests flooding in and prayers on our...

The Saints of Summer

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

Fr. Grande, Abp. Romero, and Friendships Across Ideologies

Rutilio Grande, SJ, who is being beatified today along with Franciscan Fr. Cosme Spessotto, 70-year-old sacristan Manuel Solórzano, and teenager Nelson Rutilio Lemus, the latter two of whom were murdered alongside him, is best known as a personal friend of...

Fr. Grande, Abp. Romero, and Friendships Across Ideologies

St. Maximilian Kolbe: Imperfect Martyr

Today, August 14th, brings us the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe, one of the two “martyrs of Auschwitz” along with St. Edith Stein. Kolbe was a Polish Franciscan who was interned in the infamous death camp for publishing anti-Nazi...

St. Maximilian Kolbe: Imperfect Martyr

Declare Saint Irenaeus a Doctor of The Church

When we list the most important theologians in the history of Christianity, many names quickly come to mind, including Jerome, Augustine, Anselm of Canterbury, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, Robert Bellarmine. Each of these figures has been rightly declared to be Doctors...

Declare Saint Irenaeus a Doctor of The Church

Divine Mercy: The way of freedom

This is a reflection on the readings of April 11, 2021, the Second Sunday of Easter, the Sunday of Divine Mercy Who are the freest people in the world? If you are an American, your first thought might be that...

Divine Mercy: The way of freedom

Deconstructing Inequality in Depictions of the Saints

Last summer, I had an opportunity to address the small Catholic campus ministry of Western Carolina University (WCU) on the topic of racism and my perspectives as a Black Catholic in the United States. Hoping to talk about the heartbreaking...

Deconstructing Inequality in Depictions of the Saints

Saints All, Saints Here and Now

A reflection on the Sunday readings for November 1, 2020  All Saints’ Day has a very long and interesting history. While the exact origin of this feast is unclear, historians believe that it began organically at the end of the Christian...

Saints All, Saints Here and Now

Statues and Living Stones

A culture can grow barren when it “becomes inward-looking, and tries to perpetuate obsolete ways of living by rejecting any exchange or debate with regard to the truth about man.”  — Pope Francis Querida Amazonia 37 (quoting St. John Paul...

Statues and Living Stones