The Meaning of Life

The wonderful old Baltimore Catechism tells us that we were made to know and love God, to serve him in this life, and to be happy with him forever in the next. The world’s obsession with material goods and self-centered fulfillment aside, God’s plan is a radical one full of meaning and glory. But that...

Sacraments and Sacramentality

It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. —1 Corinthians 15:44 Think for a moment of anything stunningly beautiful that has ever taken you completely out of yourself. Perhaps it was a newborn baby or a thunderstorm, a...

Feminine Beauty: a Foretaste of Heaven

For she is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars. —Wisdom 7:29 I recently discovered a charming old novel (circa 1945), The World, The Flesh, and Father Smith, by Scottish writer Bruce Marshall. The title character is a parish priest in love with God. He toils away in a...

On Pilgrimage with Dorothy Day

During his recent speech to Congress, Pope Francis held up four Americans as models of virtue. One of the four was Dorothy Day, a 20th-century reformer, cofounder of the Catholic Worker movement, antiwar and civil-rights activist. Dorothy Day’s public presence is well-known: journalist, 20th-century...

How do we handle immigration?

You can’t hardly go a day or two without seeing something in the headlines that relates to immigration. And it’s not just in the US that this is happening, but around the world. People are looking for stability and safety and many times aren’t finding it in their home country. It can be confusing for...

The Pope on Capitol Hill–Part 1

Our guest blogger today is Daniel Imwalle, assistant editor of St. Anthony Messenger. When Pope Francis flies in to the United States in a few weeks, there will be an outpouring of excitement and a media frenzy surrounding this papal visit to a nation with close to 70 million Catholic citizens....

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