Permission to Die, Mother?

2021-10-03T15:42:24-04:00October 2nd, 2021|GOODNESS, Martyrs & Witnesses|

By Patrick Giroux France’s most celebrated martyr, Joan of Arc, was captured at the gates of the city of Compiègne in northern France in 1431. The stark history of martyrdom would repeat itself more than 350 years later in that same town, except this time it was an entire convent of nuns who would [...]

Seven Martyrs from the Heart of One Family

2021-10-03T03:22:27-04:00September 30th, 2021|Faith & Mysticism, GOODNESS, Martyrs & Witnesses|

The Second Book of Maccabees, Chapter 7, recounts the horrific story of the Jewish mother who was forced to watch the killing of her seven sons during the persecution of the Greek king Antiochus Epiphanes (175-164 BC). This evil military general inherited a portion of Alexander the Great's empire and set about forcing everyone [...]

Human Suffering and Places In the Heart

2021-09-12T18:26:54-04:00June 12th, 2021|Eucharist, GOODNESS, VIDEO|

[This article follows from the email newsletter of June 13, 2021, “An Astonishing Eucharistic Scene in a Secular Movie”.] The 1984 movie, Places in the Heart is one of the most moving tales of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity in modern film. Sally Field fittingly won the Academy Award for Best [...]

The Sweetest Hymn for the Sweetest Gift

2021-06-06T02:57:41-04:00June 6th, 2021|Eucharist, GOODNESS, VIDEO|

If you page through a traditional Catholic hymnbook you will eventually come across the name of Frederick William Faber (1814-1863) in the composer credits at the bottom of a given hymn. That would be Father Frederick Faber, English Catholic priest, convert to Catholicism, and composer of hymns extraordinaires. Fr. Faber made some of the [...]

The Clothes Make the Man

2021-05-16T15:14:52-04:00May 16th, 2021|Church & Sacraments, Eucharist, GOODNESS, VIDEO|

A few years ago I had the privilege of standing in the sacristy of a Ukrainian church watching a priest friend of mine prepare for Mass. The wonderful liturgies of the Church’s eastern rites (the Byzantine, Maronite, Ukrainian and others) express a richness and complexity of worship that contrasts with the simplicity of the [...]

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