Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia offers a beautiful reflection on vocation — priestly, religious, and lay — in a column that looks forward to the May 19 ordination of priests in his archdiocese. more
In 1912, shortly after founding Our Sunday Visitor, then-Father John F. Noll began a series of articles featuring “Father Smith” and a young man who was inquiring about the Catholic faith. Each article featured a dialogue between the two, with the young man asking questions about the Faith and Father Smith supplying the answers.
The series proved so popular that Father Noll published it in book form in 1913 (the first of several editions) with the title “Father Smith Instructs Jackson.” In the book, Father Smith and the young man, named Christopher Jackson, explore the relation of the Bible to the Church, the concepts of heaven and hell, Catholic devotion to the saints and much more. Here is Archbishop Noll’s introduction to one edition of the book: more
Originally I wasn’t going to include the controversial cover of Time magazine because it doesn’t deserve any more press than it’s already received, but, if you haven’t seen it yet (how could you miss it?), it’s really a necessary part of the conversation.
I breastfed all three of my kids until they were ready to stop. With my youngest that meant nursing until she was about 2 years old. I have family members and friends who nursed their children until almost 4 years old. I am the biggest proponent of breastfeeding that you are going to find. Anywhere. I believe every child should be breastfed for at least a year, longer whenever possible. more
This post by Jesuit Father James Martin is too good, too funny, and too on target not to share. Unfortunately there’s more than a fair bit of truth here. No matter what side of the liberal-conservative divide we fall on, it’s likely we’ll hear a bit of ourselves somewhere in the fictitious exchange. Read more
A premature baby was declared dead at birth when she had no vital signs and was put into the refrigerated morgue. Ten hours later, when her mother insisted on seeing her baby one more time, the coffin lid was pried off and the 1 pound 12 ounce girl was found alive. The mother and father named their baby Luz Milagro, which means “light miracle.” Doctors and workers at the hospital can’t explain the turn of events. Check out the video.
On his 85th birthday April 16 and, three days later, the seventh anniversary of his election to the throne of Peter, Pope Benedict XVI apparently remains for many people still something of an enigma even after so many years. A small but telling incident shortly before Easter may hold a key to understanding this unusual man.
In case you missed it, here’s what happened. Read more
If you’ve often thought you’d like a chance to jump into the media fray and defend the Church against attack, now’s your chance to do something about it. A new initiative is under way to find Catholics, age 45 and under, who are willing to be trained to speak “compellingly” about their Catholic faith in the public square.
If you want more info, here’s a post from Kathryn Jean Lopez over at her blog, K-Lo @ Large: