Focus

  • Food for thought

    Apr 24, 2014

    With the latest saints added to the roster, we’re reminded that sainthood is for everyone.

  • Mysterious help from a centuries-old saint

    Apr 24, 2014

    In college, I was a stressed-out and overcommitted student. In addition to a heavy course load, my jam-packed schedule included campus ministry, student government, a few committees, play rehearsals and graduate school applications.

  • Holy communion of saints

    Apr 24, 2014

    In the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II on April 27, the Catholic Church celebrates the naming of two more people to the communion of saints.

  • Consider the use of energy in relation to justice and peace

    Apr 16, 2014

    The Vatican body concerned with justice and peace presented a book Friday which considers their connection with energy, and how energy can both threaten and serve integral human development.

  • Where is your heart before the suffering Jesus?

    Apr 16, 2014

    In the narrative of Christ’s Passion and Death, who am I?This was the central question of Pope Francis’ homily during Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter’s Square, where 100,000 had gathered from around the world, bearing palms and olive branches.

  • The Garden of Gethsemane

    Apr 16, 2014

    "Several years ago, Mel Gibson produced and directed a movie which enjoyed a spectacular popularity. Entitled, The Passion of the Christ, the movie depicts Jesus’ paschal journey from the Garden of Gethsemane to his death on Golgotha, but with a very heavy emphasis on his physical suffering.

  • Book Review: When Tomorrow Never Comes …

    Apr 16, 2014

    This book is a “wake-up” call for many of us. Having (thankfully) received his wake-up call to meander no more, David Sivapatham decides to call up others to ready themselves early for Heaven while on this pilgrimage on earth which is “a journey of faith in search of wholeness.”

  • The best of both worlds

    Apr 16, 2014

    In these days of ‘liturgical wars’ in sacred music, there seems to be quite a big divide in Catholic culture. On the extreme ends, there are those who could be labelled as ‘conservatives’, who want to see the Mass go back to its traditional roots of Latin, Chant, very traditional hymnody and psalmody with only organ playing.

  • Food for thought

    Apr 16, 2014

    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reminds us that while the Easter Vigil is the "mother of all vigils," and that Easter Sunday is "the greatest of all Sundays," Easter doesn't end there. While joyful, it is not just a celebration of one day. It lasts 50 days and it is "the most important of all liturgical times."

  • Extending the Easter celebration

    Apr 16, 2014

    On the feast of Easter Sunday, we see that the long Lenten fast has been worthwhile. For 40 days we purged our souls of mortal desires, and watched them slowly fill up with Christ. We celebrate that fulfillment on Easter Sunday, newly grateful for the sacrifice.