Symbols of the Spirit

Part of the richness of our Catholic sacramental life is its tangibility — its appeal to our senses. Natural elements like water and fire are used in our sacraments to remind us of holy intangibles. Yet these symbols aren’t things that…

Is Fatima worthy of belief?

Since May, the Church has observed the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portgual. It is there that Mary called herself “Our Lady of the Rosary,” and since then she has been known with affection as…

‘Prayer is a battle’

When I think of my personal prayer life, I don’t usually envision a battle. I want to think of my prayer as basking in the love of Jesus, having a blissful and joyful conversation. I want to describe my prayer by the consolations that bless…