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  • Saints of New Orleans

    by George Gurtner

    Since the Vatican canonized the first saint from America — St. Elizabeth Ann Seton — an inordinate number of saints (and near saints) have been born in or became famous for their work in New Orleans or Louisiana. With this issue, Catholic… read more

  • Mysteries of the Eucharist (part 2)

    by Steve Mueller

    Why do we call this eucharistic presence “real”? The word real comes from a Latin word, res, which means thing. So to identify this presence as real — or “thinglike” — is meant to convey the sense that it is the presence… read more

  • Mysteries of the Eucharist (part 1)

    by Steve Mueller

    What do we mean by “presence”?   In its most general sense, presence means being with another. We all experience presence in several familiar ways. It might be local, when we are in the same physical place as another. It can also be temporal… read more

  • The monks, the monastery, and the missal

    by Dan Connors

    A long time ago — more than 1,350 years, actually — the monastery of Melrose stood at a bend in the River Tweed, in the border region between England and Scotland. And in that monastery one day, its revered abbot, Eata, knelt in prayer, wrestling with a… read more

  • Giving 101: 5 crucial questions for Catholics

    by Dan Conway

    *The following is an excerpt from the article "13 Crucial Questions for Catholics" that appeared in the October 2010 issue of Catholic Digest.   1. How do I know if the cause I’m donating to is reputable, efficient, and not using money toward… read more

  • 30,000 Hail Marys and still going strong!

    by John and Annette Amante

    *(photos at right) The Rosary Group in 1964 and in 2006: Front row (left to right) Annette Amante,  Lee Pompeo,  Ed Indelicato, Doris Indelicato. Back row (left to right) John Amante, Paul Pompeo, Gloria Yorio, Rudy Yorio   The year was 1956… read more

  • Why St. Dominic loved the Rosary

    by Robert Feeney

    It was said that Jane of Aza was so holy that she shone like the stars on a beautiful night. Born in 1140, Jane lived in a castle in Spain with her husband Felix, a respected member of the rural knighthood. She was a merciful woman, full of compassion … read more

  • Uncover the mysteries of the Holy Grail

    by Sandra Miesel

    What is the Holy Grail? The Holy Grail has come to mean anything desirable and difficult to obtain. The term has even been applied to hockey’s Stanley Cup. Traditionally, of course, the Holy Grail is a vessel used at the Last Supper, either the… read more

  • If I grew up in Nazareth...

    by Julie Rattey

    We don’t have malls in Nazareth where we buy our clothes. In fact, we make our clothes ourselves! Here’s how it works.   First, you need sheep! Then you shear the sheep and collect the wool. Since the wool is full of sand and … read more

  • Why is Easter 50 days long?

    by Dan Connors

    “Michael,” I shouted, “your time’s up! Come out of there!” My frustration was building as I stood in front of the inflated carnival castle filled with small children jumping and bouncing to their hearts’ delight. My… read more