St. Cyril and RCIA

Years ago Catholic parishes offered “information classes” for adults considering conversion to the Catholic faith. But the Second Vatican Council called for a restoration of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Today RCIA programs have become a standard for the season of Lent. Those seeking to...

Faith Is Not a Popularity Contest

A study released yesterday by the Pew Research Center reports that Pope Francis’s popularity is steadily rising in the U.S., achieving numbers not seen since a saint held the chair of Peter. The current pontiff has an approval rating of 90% (compared to 16% for Congress—the people we actually voted...

A Little Quote for Lent

During Lent I find that I can use daily doses of inspiration to keep me focused and motivated. Here’s a wonderful quote from Fr. Gary Caster about keeping one’s prayer life honest and healthy: “One measure of a healthy life of prayer is that it never seeks a sign. Prayer should never be an effort to...

Peace Amid Pointsettias

Every Sunday from August to the end of November, I attend the 8 a.m. Mass at Christ the King Parish in Kingston, RI, then head over to the East Farms greenhouse, five minutes down the road, to tend pointsettias. Run by the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Association, the pointsettia project raises...

Sr. Blandina, Pray for Lauren

Lauren Hill is a student at my alma mater Mount St. Joseph University. She plays on the basketball team. And she is battling inoperable brain cancer. Doctors have said she doesn’t have long to live. You can watch her story here. But Lauren is determined to make the most of that time. On November 2, she...

Dr. St. Hildegard

Last Wednesday, September 17, was the feast of Hildegard of Bingen, named a saint in May 2012 and a Doctor of the Church in October of that same year. Known as the Sibyl of the Rhine, she was a Benedictine abbess, theologian, mystic, artist, musician, poet, and doctor (and who knows what else; this is what...

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