I love my parish. Among other things, the liturgy is reverent and its music is truly beautiful. But I don’t usually appreciate these local blessings until I travel. Last weekend I visited Colorado. Since I needed to fly back home early Sunday morning, my friend and I caught a Saturday vigil Mass. The priest was [...]
Via Rocco de Palma: For all the waves the 266th Bishop of Rome has made across the Anglophone world these last seven months, perhaps the most remarkable thing is that all of it’s happened without Papa Bergoglio speaking a single word in English. Late last week, that changed when Pope Francis delivered a video message [...]
A priest friend of mine once said in a homily, “For all you young men in the congregation—if there’s not a part of you that wants to be a priest, at least a little bit, then you probably don’t understand what it means to be a priest.” Among the many reasons I think that’s true—and [...]
CatholicNewsService has a great new video wrap-up from World Youth Day 2013. As Bishop James Conley (Lincoln, NE) says, “It seems as if God gives us the right pope at the right time.” Amen.
An Open Letter to People With Common Sense: You have seen the news. The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned what so many of us supported (way more than opposed it, that’s for sure), in one way or another: The Defense of Marriage Act. I know you feel conflicted about this. On the one hand, it [...]
Today is the first day of the Fortnight for Freedom, and a great day for priests to remember: The Constitution doesn’t say you can’t say what you want from the pulpit. In fact, the Constitution says you can’t be silenced at your pulpit. A friend sent this excellent “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” homily by Father Andrew [...]
Did you get dad a gift yet? Either way, we have something you might want to send him. It’s our small way of saying “Dads matter.” Check it out: Wishing all of our CV dads and dads everywhere a blessed and happy Father’s Day!
Pope Benedict XVI never flew to America to participate in the March for Life. But Pope Francis might. Life Site News is reporting that after delivering his weekly Regina Coeli address this past Sunday, Pope Francis surprised the 40,000 or so participants in Italy’s third annual March for Life by greeting them as they gathered [...]
It’s May, Mary’s month. Statues of Our Lady are crowned with spring flowers, and Catholic families are saying the family Rosary every day, as Pope Francis recommended. What better time to share pop songs about Our Lady? Let’s start with the the King of Rock-n-Roll, Elvis Presley. Here is his great old song “Miracle of [...]
Thousands of pro-life Catholics are understandably outraged at the media blackout surrounding the trial of Kermit Gosnell, the perpetrator of the Philadelphia abortion clinic horrors. This photo is making the rounds this morning — it shows the empty seats that are reserved for media during the trial. This is what a media blackout looks like: [...]