My White Electric Stove

Probably five or six years ago I bought a new stove, a very nice white electric stove. I would not have thought much more about it if I hadn’t recently gotten hooked on House Hunters on HGTV. What I have learned from this show is that white appliances are bad. And electric stoves are even worse. If your...

O Antiphons? O God Help Us!

I planned to write this blog post about the O Antiphons that we pray in the liturgy from December 17th through the 23rd. But as I’m writing this on Friday the 14th, I’m watching the coverage of the horrific school massacre in Connecticut. The situation is too horrible to imagine. How can this happen?...

Advent is Creeping Up on Us

In between buying a Thanksgiving turkey and hearing the nonstop Christmas music already invading the airwaves, Advent is quietly creeping up on us. It comes so quietly that it can get lost in the noise of the season. I’m a person who loves the noise of the season—the music, the decorations, the parties,...

Yours Is The Church

“What has the Church ever done for humanity?” This intriguing question opens a new book by Mike Aquilina, Yours is the Church: How Catholicism Shapes Our World. If you listen to the news much this question might not seem that odd to you. Coverage of the Church often makes it seem a bit out of touch with...

A Personal Year of Faith

You may have heard that on October 11 the bishops of the world gathered together to solemnly open a year of faith. Sadly, this event will be ignored by many Catholics. After all, what does a meeting in Rome have to do with me? Well, actually, it has a lot to do with each of us. Any time the Church...

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