Francesco Conti, Saint Joseph with Christ Child 5 Ways St. Joseph Can Help Your Lent

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on March 19, 2015. How can St. Joseph help you this Lent?  I propose five ways.  Simplicity In John 6, when Jesus boldly declares, “I am the bread of life,” his hearers murmur among themselves and ask, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph?”  (Jn 6:41).  Apparently, they considered Joseph... [Read more...]

The Wood of Salvation

Saint Martin de Porres is often seen in statues, stained glass, and pictures holding a broom and a crucifix, with a Rosary around his neck and animals at his feet. His fellow friars knew of the deep devotion he had to the Rosary, similar to his fellow cooperator brother, friend, and contemporary Saint Juan Macias. The animals depicted next to Saint... [Read more...]

Blessed Brother Oderic

Editor’s note: This is the first post in a series on the vocation to the cooperator brotherhood on the occasion of the Order’s 800th anniversary. It is fitting that this week of blog posts dedicated to the cooperator brother saints of the Order of Preachers (those not ordained priests) should begin on the feast of St. Mark, frequently considered... [Read more...]

The Gift of Work

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus instructs the Pharisees that “the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27). The Sabbath is a gift from God for man: a day for people to set aside their usual work, to focus on worshipping God, and to enter into the Lord’s rest. Echoing Jesus’ language, Pope St. John Paul II points out... [Read more...]

Living or LARPing for God?

I currently reside in the Kingdom of Atlantia, the royal highnesses being Logan Ebonwoulfe and Esa Kirkepatrike. Should I want to join a local canton or clan, I would need to contact Duchess Kalisa Aleksandrovna, the Chatelain for Atlantia. You too live within some kingdom, with its own royalty, and can locate it on this map, thanks to the Society for... [Read more...]

Dirty Jobs’ Labor Lessons for the Last Day

For eight years he explored the American workforce, “looking for people who aren’t afraid to get dirty,” offering to take their jobs for a day. He’s been a fish gutter, a horse breeder, a sewer inspector, a roadkill remover, an oyster shucker, an owl vomit inspector, a shark suit tester, and a septic tank technician. The dirtier, the humbler,... [Read more...]

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