Becoming Like Mary
On this feast of the Immaculate Conception, we read the story of our first parents’ fall and God’s promise of salvation through an offspring of Eve (Genesis 3). Continue »
St. Ambrose marked a new era for church and state relations.
The crowd that gathered in the church in Milan that day late in a.d. 374 was confused, fearful, and angry. The Christian community in the city had been bitterly divided for decades between the followers of Arius, who taught that Christ was not divine but merely a creature, and those who defended the teaching of Rome that Jesus was both man and God, equal to the Father in all respects. Continue »
Praying the Sunday mass readings with lectio divina
The spirit of Advent and Christmas can best be cultivated by practicing the ancient art of lectio divina. These special seasons are all about expectation—waiting for and anticipating the coming of Jesus Christ. Continue »
Francis Xavier, Ignatius of Loyola, and the Power of Friendship in the Lord
St. Francis Xavier—the sixteenth-century Jesuit who spread the gospel in India, Indonesia, and Japan—has been called the greatest missionary since St. Paul. This intrepid priest broke new ground and evangelized on a large scale, despite great dangers, deprivations, and hardships. Continue »
Special Intentions for December
Let us join with Christians around the world in praying for these special intentions: Continue »
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