Halloween: Is it OK to Celebrate It?

Last night I took my children to the annual Halloween carnival put on by Ursuline Academy (my alma mater). As always, it is a crowded but enjoyable evening and it is fun to see all the creative costumes—especially the homemade ones. When I was in elementary school, I really didn’t know that some people...

Welcome to Life, Beautiful Baby Boy

On October 14, right in the middle of the 40 Days for Life Campaign, a little boy was born in San Diego, Calif. His birth parents are a teen-aged couple who chose life for this child and offered him for adoption. His adoptive parents are my niece and her husband. I have been an advocate for life for many...

How to Talk Wookie

What do hobbits, angels, and wizards have in common? What might it sound like if a Wookie from Star Wars had a conversation with a Catholic? How can superheroes help you discover your vocation? You can find the answers to these questions in Fr. Roderick Vonhogen’s book, Geekpriest: Confessions of a New...

Mary in the Church

“Mary our Mother, Mary our Redeemer.” I was teaching in Manila about fifteen years ago when banners appeared around the city with that phrase. When I first saw one of the banners, I thought: “Oh no! Evangelical preachers will use those banners as proof that Catholics teach idolatry.” Sure enough, it...

The $50 Miracle

It’s easy to forget how miraculous life is, but every so often something happens that’s such a perfect moment, there’s no doubt God had a hand in that precise circumstance. I generally don’t think God meddles in our minutiae—God really doesn’t help a baseball player hit a home...

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