Defend Pope Francis

I spent a year reading Pope Francis, and it was the hardest year of my life. It wasn’t that Pope Francis is hard to read — he’s not. It is just that he was really hard to read in 2015–2016, if you knew you had to write a book…

Holiday bambino bread

Looking for something special to make this Christmas? Try this bread recipe, shaped to resemble Jesus in swaddling clothes. 2 cups lukewarm milk 2 packages active dry yeast ¼ cup sugar 1 beaten egg ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted 2…

Books for Spiritual Renewal this Advent

Numbering My Days How the Liturgical Calendar Rearranged My Life  by Chene Heady (Ignatius Press) A college English professor, discouraged by the endless loop of daily tasks, began seeking order and meaning through living the liturgical…

Blue cheese potato cakes

1½  to 1¾ pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch squares 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives 1 tablespoon minced garlic ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 2 tablespoons…

Sean Patrick’s Beef Vegetable Soup

“ and I both are fans of homemade soup,” says Sean. “I like to make soup about once every two weeks. Have enough for a couple of days. The beef vegetable soup that we serve; her father used to rave about it. He used to say, (in an Irish…

New England Holiday Pudding

Try a new (and healthy!) treat this Christmas. ½ cup yellow (enriched) cornmeal 5 cups reduced-fat (2 percent) milk, scalded (see note) ½ cup molasses ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg ½ teaspoon ground…