Alonso Cano, The Miracle at the Well. Seeds from Reading

“Pick up and read, pick up and read.” While in a garden, St. Augustine heard these words spoken by a child and was inspired to pick up Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Reading, he received the grace of conversion which spurred him to entrust himself to Christ and seek baptism. Like St. Augustine, St. Ignatius of Loyola’s conversion came through... [Read more...]

Lesser Ury, Leser mit Lupe Know the Forest by The Tree

We can now consider ourselves to be in the liturgical season within the season within the season within the season. On September 14th, the Feast of the Holy Cross, the Church began the traditional penitential period stretching until Easter Sunday. Within this season, Lent began 40 days ago, calling us to a time of penance, fasting, and almsgiving. But,... [Read more...]

When the Word Speaks

Editor’s note: This is the first post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. The words of Christ are powerful. In the beginning, God spoke, and through his Word, the heavens and earth were made. As the Incarnate Word, Christ speaks with this same power. His word has power to teach, amazing his hearers, “for... [Read more...]

Word without a Word

At its roots, the word infant means “unable to speak.” As with most holidays, Christmas generally has to it a theme of strong, joyful proclamation: “For Unto Us A Child Is Born,” “Joy to the World,” “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” etc. And this is all true, and very good, and very beautiful. But there... [Read more...]

Receiving Holy Communion with Mary

Many of us will hear excellent homilies today on the theology of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, but what is the importance of this mystery for our personal spiritual lives?   St. Louis de Montfort tells us that Our Lady is the “mold of God,” the very mold in which Christ Himself was formed, so whoever gives himself to Mary will also be formed... [Read more...]

How Do You Look?

People don’t know how to look anymore. Not in the sense that people are forgetting how to dress themselves (though this is also the case), but rather we are losing touch with an even more fundamental way of looking. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art the other day, a young boy walked past me holding an iPad in front of his face. He was simply recording... [Read more...]