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'The holiest priest I ever knew'Michael Pakaluk

St. Lawrence was martyred by being roasted on a gridiron over an open flame. "This side is well done," he joked, "You may turn me over now." But perhaps we forget why he was martyred so gruesomely. A ...

A tranquilizing crisisFather Eugene Hemrick

The children's Christmas Mass was packed. In past years, it exuded busyness: children putting on a pageant, proud parents and grandparents watching and music abounding. Not so this year! What changed ...

Hell for 75 centsEffie Caldarola

When I was a young woman, I went to the grocery store with my mom in the farm town where I grew up. It was before the days of computerized cash registers that automatically revealed the amount of change ...

Mary, the Mother of God Father John Catoir

Christmas cards abound with the picture of Mary holding the Christ child. It is one of the most endearing images seen repeatedly during the Christmas season. Some of the most famous paintings of Mary ...

50 years of priesthoodFather Albert J. Sallese

How do you discern a vocation? This question troubled me for a long time. Deep in my heart, I knew I was being called at an early age, but I did not want to respond. I thought I wanted to be a banker. ...

Incarnation -- God is with usFather Ron Rolheiser

For many of us, I suspect, it gets harder each year to capture the mood of Christmas. About the only thing that still warms are hearts are memories, memories of younger, more nave, days when the lights ...

Lessons of a Catholic Rhodes ScholarMichael Pakaluk

Aurora Griffin, the author of "How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard" (Ignatius Press, 2016), studied classics at Harvard, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, where she studied theology, and has accepted a ...

A new year of hopeFather Eugene Hemrick

Some have suggested with the closing of the Year of Mercy, 2017 should be a Year of Hope. Weary, disillusioned and depressed describe best the feelings of many people I know. The cause is not only our ...

Promote peace this AdventFather Eugene Hemrick

Why is Advent needed more than ever this year? The answer is found in the Second Vatican Council's Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. "Men," it states "should take heed not to ...

The End of the WorldFather Ron Rolheiser

People are forever predicting the end of the world. In Christian circles this is generally connected with speculation around the promise Jesus made at his ascension, namely, that he would be coming back, ...