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Mother of the Church

Everyone has a mother. Yes, the mother who gave them birth in the physical order of life. But Christian believers have another mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the spiritual order of grace. Jesus willed to give Mary as a mother to the…

Remembering Apollo 11

Our readers, writers, and staff members recall the moon landing. On July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Eagle on the moon, I stood transfixed before the television screen with tears in my eyes. The thought came to…

Enemies no more

The Mosel Valley in Germany attracted my wife’s attention as an ideal place to visit. We heard that it was one of the loveliest places in Europe and that the people were friendly.  It was the summer of 1986. I was on active duty as a Navy…

May: St. Nobody Important

Some of Our Lord’s disciples are famous, but others are not. Peter and the apostles are in the first category. We know where they preached; we know if and how they were martyred; we know what their feast days are. What about the “nameless”…

The spiritual veteran

There are two kinds of “veterans.” There is the traditional veteran who confronts fear with selfless abandon, facing a known enemy and fighting for others. And then there is the spiritual veteran who clings to faith, facing an unseen enemy…

Be inspired by St. Joseph

May 1 is the Optional Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker. Take some time to read these reflections about St. Joseph from Pope Francis. I ask for you the grace to be ever closer to your children, allow them to grow, but be close, close! They…