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…

Review: Calvary

Father Lavelle is a good priest. He is honest, humble, hardworking. He is also going to be killed in seven days. The man on the other side of the confessional says that he was raped by a priest as a child.…

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…

Children’s Book Review Roundup

The Sisters of the Last Straw books by Karen Kelly Boyce are effervescent little comic mysteries set in a convent full of ladies whose personal shortcomings have proved too much for other religious orders to handle. The five (and later…

Review: Enlightened

  How can one person make a difference in the world? Can we really overcome our baser motivations – our envy, our grief, our spite – and act with purity of intention? Does anyone really ever change? These are some of…