Catholicism

Good Friday

John August Swanson, “The Crucifixion” The celebration of Good Friday is simple in theory. We read or hear the Passion narrative, fast out of respect for the solemnity of the day, and anticipate the quiet waiting of Holy Saturday and…

Lent in the Year of Mercy

Frans Lanting, “Ghost Trees at Dawn” [photo, National Geographic] “What does it mean for [the Church] to be disciples of Jesus, the Lamb of God? It means replacing malice with innocence, replacing power with love, replacing pride with humility, replacing…

Cross Talk

The cross is the central symbol of the Christian faith, a potent reminder of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and an image recognized worldwide. Whether specifically a crucifix or a plain cross, this image has been associated with Christianity since the beginning of…

St Christopher FAQ

From Catherine of Siena Church in Mountain Lakes, NJ Saint Christopher, patron saint of travelers, can be a divisive figure. Still one of the most popular saints invoked as a general protector of young boys (along with St Michael the…

Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving

Caspar David Freidrich, “Cross Beside the Baltic” (1855) “No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from.”  – George Eliot   Lent is a feast whose character is easy…

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Queen of Heaven. Star of the Sea. Seat of Wisdom. Untier of Knots. The list of titles, epithets, and apparitions of the Virgin Mary is long enough to exhaust one’s voice. Today, December 12th, we celebrate one of her most…

Gluten Sensitivity and the GIFT

 For sure when Adam did not know To sin, or sin to smother; He might to heav’n from Paradise go, As from one room t’another. Thou hast restored to us this ease By this thy heav’nly blood; Which I can…

Rend Your Heart

Welcome dear feast of Lent; who loves not thee, He loves not Temperance, or Authority,          But is compos’d of passion. The Scriptures bid us fast; the Church says, now: Give to thy Mother, what thou wouldst allow   To ev’ry…