Mother Teresa

New Book: The Love That Made Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa was among the most familiar faces of the 20th century — the first saint whose life–story was told in coffee–table books. Yet if

Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Arezzo

Triumph of the Holy Cross

It’s fitting that we celebrate the ancient Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross at this point in our week-by-week journey through Scripture


22nd Sunday In Ordinary Time (Liturgical Year A)

What Jeremiah learns, Jesus states explicitly in this week’s Gospel. To follow Him is to take up a cross, to deny yourself—your priorities, preferences, and


After the fog of war

“Anyone who dares even imply that we did not achieve a great victory doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about,” said Gen. Norman


In her end, the promise of our beginning

On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII declared a new dogma of the Catholic Church—a truth revealed by God to be believed by the faithful:


Bart’s problem

The mansion of the new atheism has many rooms. The top floor is reserved for scientific types like Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett. These are


A guy in the gas-chamber business and some of his clients

States once executed criminals in the center of the town at high noon. Today, they do it in secret, at midnight, behind brick walls fortified


Notes from the alternative nation

The crowd in the war-memorial coliseum was a slung hash of the premillennial middle-class — gaunt-looking slackers in Doc Martens and consignment-store flannel shirts; black,

James Mallord William Turner “Sun Setting Over a Lake” (1840)

Watt’s up!?

Into this season of rolling blackouts and energy crunches comes an enlightening reminder that electricity has only been something we could demand for about 100

Christ's Head Unknown Flemish Master, 16th c. (The Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp)

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

To Belong to Christ Readings Numbers 11:25–29  Psalm 19:8,10,12–14 James 5:1–6   Mark 9:38–48 Chants   Today’s Gospel begins with a scene that recalls a similar

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