February 27, 2015 3:24 PM Ukraine: A great lesson in thinking like a Catholic. By Dr. Jeff Mirus
The current competition for sovereignty in Ukraine is apt to bring out the worst in armchair quarterbacks. I’ve heard Catholics rant on all sides of this issue, but every position seems to me to be determined by preconceptions. The...
February 25, 2015 4:47 PM Former Israeli ambassador explains how to make 'two-state solution' realistic By Phil Lawler
Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the US, has a refreshing perspective on Israel-Palestine peace prospects in today’s Wall Street Journal. International leaders call for a “two-state solution,” Oren writes. But neither...
February 28, 2015 Ad Imaginem Dei: a gem of a blog on Christian art By Thomas Van
Readers who wish for an entry point into the vast (and sometimes intimidating) domain of Catholic sacred art may want to take a look at Margaret Duffy's blog, Ad Imaginem Dei. The blog, which has been active since 2008, focuses on...
February 27, 2015 The Complexities of Persecution
I've been thinking a good deal about the situation in Ukraine, and what I chiefly realize about it is that we are foolish to make pronouncements. See Ukraine: A great lesson in thinking like a Catholic. Interestingly, the Major...
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Lent: February 28th
Historically today is the feast of St. Hilary, pope from 461 to 468 and guardian of Church unity and St. Romanus of Condat who founded the abbeys of Condat and Leuconne, and the convent of La Beaume, among others. Bl. Daniel Brottier... More
Includes prayers, readings, family activities and recipes for the day.
February 25, 2015 Lenten Ember Days By Jennifer Gregory Miller
This Wednesday, February 25, within the First Week of Lent marks the beginning of the traditional dates of the Lenten Ember Days. With the reorganization of the Liturgical Year by Vatican II, the Ember Days were retained within the...
February 13, 2015 Church Fathers: The Shepherd of Hermas By Thomas Van
The Shepherd (or Pastor) of Hermas, an important second-century Christian text, is categorized as an apocryphal apocalypse; it consists of a series of visions urging repentance and penance in preparation for the end times. It...