The pop of the camera flash, the glitter of films, and the glamour of her photos have outshone other details of her life. We recognize Grace Kelly as a fashion icon, but who remembers that she went to Mass on Sundays?
Many people today do not realize that Grace Kelly was a Catholic, and a practicing Catholic at that. It wasn't merely nominal or cultural. Like the rest of us who are far from saintly, Grace may not have lived it out in a perfectly exemplary way—but it had formed her soul.
There isn't a definitive way to throw an Epiphany party. Different cultures have celebrated in different ways. I'd like to be more specific and personal, and share some tips from the beautiful ways in which my own mother has hosted Epiphany parties.
It's an interesting insight into human nature that we like to get good and scared once in a while—on condition, of course, that we feel secure in our general surroundings. Toddlers bubble over with mingled fear and delight when dad pretends to be a roaring monster. They trust daddy, of course; and this [...]
Catholics are eagerly awaiting the beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, whose profound, practical, and even electrifying teaching has pierced hearts around the world. This past July, the Catholic Church approved the miracle that makes possible this next step in the canonization process. No date has been set at this time[...]
Time is a gift that we have been given. We misuse it—especially today, with social media commandeering every free moment—but we have the gift of free will, too. Teresa of Avila, that beloved Carmelite saint, composed a beautiful prayer which we can say every day, or every night before we go to sleep, to redeem time.
Despite Tolkien's fame, many fans of this literary genius are unaware that he was a devout Roman Catholic whose faith profoundly influenced his work. It was, in fact, Tolkien’s faith and frequent reception of the Sacraments that sustained him through the trials of personal life, the darkness of two world wars, and the disappoint[...]
The brown scapular is one of the most beloved Marian devotionals in the history of the Church. But what is it? And where did it come from?
Most people think that Christmas is over on December 26th. But for the Catholic Church, the celebration has just begun. There is a reason why Christmas is called a season. It does not last for a single day. We've just begun our festival of rejoicing!
Catholics everywhere are talking about it. "Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day are on the same day this year. What do we DO?" No worries. The answer is actually pretty simple. We just haven't had to worry about this since 1945, and the coinciding of Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day won't happen again until 2024. In the meantime,[...]