Category Archives: Prayer

Shipwreck and Cynicism

Last July, Pope Francis made his first papal trip outside of Rome to the Italian island of Lampedusa: a narrow slab of rock 70 miles off the Tunisian coast and a major point of entry to the EU for migrants (mostly illegal) fleeing poverty, violence and, upheaval in East Africa, North Africa, and the greater [...]

UPDATED — EWTN Joins the Prayer War Against the Oklahoma City Black Mass (Video)

The Oklahoma City black mass is going on as planned at the Civic Center on Sunday, Sept. 21, but in a somewhat altered form. The usually nude female “altar” will be wearing lingerie, vinegar replaces human urine, and the pilfered Consecrated Host has been returned to its rightful owner, the Catholic Church, in the person [...]

The First American Saint

The American Catholic Almanac, co-written by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson, is a daily reader of American Catholics who changed the United States.  It tells of Catholics who stepped foot on this soil long before the American founding, through the early years of the nation, and to the present day, visiting all kinds of people and places in between.   Saints and sinners appear [...]

The question nobody is asking about the black mass in Oklahoma

At least, I haven’t seen anyone asking it. First, a brief recap of events: A few weeks ago, a Satanist group announced plans to perform a black mass in Oklahoma using a consecrated host that had been stolen from a Catholic Church. In response, a legal team representing the local bishop obtained a court order [...]

The Legacy of Old St. Peter’s in NYC

The American Catholic Almanac, co-written by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson, is a daily reader of American Catholics who changed the United States.  It tells of Catholics who stepped foot on this soil long before the American founding, through the early years of the nation, and to the present day, visiting all kinds of people and places in between.   Saints and sinners appear [...]

“The Attack Came Before Dawn…”

The American Catholic Almanac, co-written by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson, is a daily reader of American Catholics who changed the United States.  It journeys from the American founding through the present day, visiting all kinds of people and places in between.   Saints and sinners appear alongside heroes, children, politicians, athletes, and artists who all [...]

An Iraqi Bishop Challenges YOU…

Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna, auxiliary bishop of Baghdad, took to Facebook yesterday to offer you a challenge…one that doesn’t require dousing yourself in ice-water! Here’s the challenge: Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 26, at 6 pm Baghdad time (that’s 11 AM EDT, 8 AM PDT) join him in spending 30 minutes in prayer and in silence before [...]

The Greatest Freedom: A Reflection on James Foley

He knelt in the sand with a shaved head, in the garb of a prisoner.  The image is heartbreaking and maddening, a cruel act of hatred.  As Americans and Catholics, how ought we respond to the murder of James Foley? In life, James Foley was dedicated to pursuing the truth, embracing a dangerous career to do so.  [...]

Priests Are People, Too

Being a revert who left the Church in my teens, I spent much of my life without any regular connection with Catholic priests, except for ones I saw on TV. Now, through social media and in-person meetings, I’m happy to have a handful of active priests I can turn to for advice, help with articles [...]


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