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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Grasshopper Chapel

The tiny churchlike building in Cold Spring, Minnesota, is called the Grasshopper Chapel, but that isn’t its real name. When first built in 1877, it was Maria Hilf, which is German for “Mary’s Help.” Even though it’s now officially…

A place of beauty, conversion

As the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary this summer, Catholic Digest recommends a pilgrimage to a remarkable basilica. Just a few miles across the Ohio River from Cincinnati in Covington,…

At the hour of our death

Have you ever been with someone as they passed from this life to the next? As a priest, I have been. I also hear many stories about someone’s last moments before drawing their dying breath. The richness of our Catholic tradition preserves…

Encountering the beauty of God

Summer offers us the extra time to appreciate God’s creation and presence — in nature, in the universe, and within our churches.  Recently, my family and I traveled to rural southeastern Ohio, far away from the bright city lights where we…

When Mary just shows up

It’s the middle of August. Summer is quickly coming to an end. Our calendars are busy with back-to-school shopping, sports practices beginning again, moving children to college, and enjoying the last days of relaxation before everything…