The Beatification Approaches…

[We welcome guest blogger Brian O'Neel, author of the recently released Servant book, 39 New Saints You Should Know.] Next Sunday, His Holiness Benedict XVI will beatify his predecessor, John Paul II. When that happens, John Paul II will be just one step away from canonization. In a way this goes beyond...

Is There Really a Heaven?

Have you ever wondered if there really was a heaven?  I know I have, but I have always been cautiously optimistic. You’ve heard the stories of people that were clinically dead and a few minutes later come back to life with incredible stories of what they experienced–from bright lights to seeing a...

Great Balls of Fire!

(This article originally appeared in The Catholic Telegraph. Used with permission.) There is a raging controversy in the Church. No, it’s not about capital punishment, married priests or euthanasia. It is a topic much closer to my heart: It seems there are two liturgical camps with regard to the Easter...

More than Words

One of the greatest gifts of being Catholic is the experience of celebrating Mass, and one of the greatest gifts of the Mass is its universality. My mother and I are avid travelers, and in our journeys abroad we always try to attend Mass in whatever country we are visiting — regardless of the language...

Cherishing a Good Friday Tradition

I’m all about traditions. They give a real sense of stability in a not-so stable world. In fact, the sense of tradition is one of the things that I love most about my Catholic faith. One tradition that I’ve grown to cherish takes place every year on Good Friday here in Cincinnati. It is praying...

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