Our Newest Saints

Today we celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy. Today is also the day we celebrate the canonization of two popes! The following is taken from the article “John XXIII and John Paul II: Our Newest Saints” by Christopher M. Bellitto which appeared in the April issue of St. Anthony Messenger. In his...

Be Not Afraid

This Sunday is the second Sunday of Easter.  It is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, instituted by then Pope John Paul II, who will be canonized on Sunday.  I remembered a post I wrote this time last year, echoing the words of the soon to be saint that we still hear today: be not afraid!  Here is that...

“Return to Galilee”

On Easter Monday, I joked that I had a “liturgy hangover.” The Easter Triduum is one of my favorite times in the Church year. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, decorating our parish church, Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday—the weekend becomes not three days but one continuous round of rest and activity....

Easter Joy and Life!

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Shouts of exaltation about our risen Lord capture our attention each Easter vigil. The somber and reflective time of Lent ends as we enter the joyous and life-giving season of Easter. Each of us spends time with family, friends and church members during this...

Trading in Black Friday for Good Friday

One of Lent’s gifts to me is the painful realization that my default behavior is set on “Black Friday.” Here’s what I mean. It’s as if I’ve camped outside Target at 4:59 a.m. on the day after Thanksgiving every day, poised and ready to run when the doors open at 5:00 a.m.—“Get out of my...

The Pursuit of Perfection

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. Well, here we are: Holy Week!  Our 40-day Lenten journey is nearly at an end....

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