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...

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...

African Cats: The Circle of Life Continues

Just two weeks after the Imax 3D film Born to be Wild about elephants and orangutans opened, here comes another  G-rated live action wild animal film to pull at our heart, environmental and purse strings on Earth Day, April 22. African Cats follows in the tradition of previous Disneynature  films, Earth in...

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