Opposition to Abortion Does Not Take Away the Sins of the World

We welcome guest blogger Mark P. Shea, author of the new book The Work of Mercy: Being the Hands and Heart of Christ from Servant Books. Let’s get something out of the way right off the bat. Abortion is the single most serious moral issue of our time. Nothing in our civilization equals the gravity of a...

Did God Make Lady Gaga?

Last month, my family and I made a trip out west—part for business and part to visit my husband’s family. We flew into Phoenix, drove to Tucson for the diocesan conference there, drove back to Phoenix (Chandler, really) for our nephew’s Baptism at St. Andrew’s, drove to LA for the Los Angeles...

Ministers of the Word

I am currently helping train lectors for a local Filipino community here in Cincinnati. We are examining the lectionary, or the book of Scripture readings used at Mass. The lectionary is aptly dubbed “The Heart of the Bible” in a Catholic Update the participants are reading. Our first and second sessions...

Easter Faith

In the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the Tomb of Christ is marked by a shrine called the “edicule,” the successor to a series of such structures built over the tomb—and rebuilt—since the Emperor Constantine first constructed a huge basilica church and sheltered the tomb under a...

Easter Monday

Today is Easter Monday, the calm after the beautiful, magnificent storm that is the celebration of the Triduum and Easter. Liturgically, these days are the most powerful and brilliant in the Church year, and for me, the most mystical of rites. Yet this year, more than in the rites, readings, and symbols of...

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