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...

In Praise of Healers

“You are a lucky man.” I will never forget these words from the retina surgeon who had just proclaimed the wonderful news that the surgery he performed on my left eye had saved my sight. He further explained that a retina detachment that includes the macular region rarely works so well as to restore full...

A Mother’s Love

Today, August 27, the church celebrates St. Monica, on the day before the feast of St. Augustine, her son. Augustine’s parents had different values when it came to raising their son. Those differences are described in Augustine’s Confessions. Monica, his mother, was deeply committed to Christianity and...

Solidarity Revisited

“Pope Francis denounces corruption and a culture of selfishness and individualism, while calling for a culture of solidarity.” With these words, Catholic News Service summed up Pope Francis’ visit to one of Rio de Janeiro’s notorious slums, Varginha, where the pope reminded the people:  “You...

Bluebirds Return

Weeks ago I posted on this blog that we hoped that bluebirds would return to the Shrine of St. Anthony. In fact, one member of our community, Fr. Carl, had built a number of bluebird houses according to specific directions given in a magazine article about bluebirds.  The good news is that...

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