All in the family

By Justin Catanoso| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
A journalist tries to get the real scoop on his cousin the saint.

The halls of Riuniti Hospital in Reggio Calabria were bustling that summer day with white-coated doctors and orderlies. The P.A. system blared as southern Italians waited in long lines for care. I had come for something else. I had come to see a medicine man about a miracle.


Death takes a holiday

By Paul Conklin| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Hispanic Catholics Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
In San Marcos de Tlatazola—and throughout Mexico—El Dia de los Muertos reunites the living with the dead.

San Marcos de Tlatazola must have been old when Columbus reached the New World.

Hemmed in on all sides by the cloud-mottled peaks of the Sierra Madre, the village is located in southern Mexico in an arid landscape of few trees, abundant cacti, and an occasional field of spindly corn.


Death takes a holiday

By Paul Conklin| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Hispanic Catholics Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
In San Marcos de Tlatazola—and throughout Mexico—El Dia de los Muertos reunites the living with the dead.

San Marcos de Tlatazola must have been old when Columbus reached the New World.

Hemmed in on all sides by the cloud-mottled peaks of the Sierra Madre, the village is located in southern Mexico in an arid landscape of few trees, abundant cacti, and an occasional field of spindly corn.


Not holier than thou

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Read enough about our tradition’s holy role models, one saint afficionado says, and you’ll start to believe you can be one, too.

I came to the stories of the saints in a rather unusual way—and one I don’t expect any of you to share: I wrote for a Catholic homily preparation resource, and part of that work involved saying something about the feast days of the saints in the liturgical calendar. To do that, I had to read up on them.


Not holier than thou

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Read enough about our tradition’s holy role models, one saint afficionado says, and you’ll start to believe you can be one, too.

I came to the stories of the saints in a rather unusual way—and one I don’t expect any of you to share: I wrote for a Catholic homily preparation resource, and part of that work involved saying something about the feast days of the saints in the liturgical calendar. To do that, I had to read up on them.


A pilgrim’s way home

By Ana María Pineda, R.S.M.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

Twenty-five years after Archbishop Romero's assassination, one Salvadoreña visits people and places that carry on his message.

Ana María Pineda, R.S.M.

In the evening of March 24, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of El Salvador was shot and killed while celebrating Mass in the chapel on the grounds of Divine Providence hospital. His enemies rejoiced while the poor of El Salvador wept.


A pilgrim’s way home

By Ana María Pineda, R.S.M.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

Twenty-five years after Archbishop Romero's assassination, one Salvadoreña visits people and places that carry on his message.

Ana María Pineda, R.S.M.

In the evening of March 24, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of El Salvador was shot and killed while celebrating Mass in the chapel on the grounds of Divine Providence hospital. His enemies rejoiced while the poor of El Salvador wept.


Do you take your values Christmas shopping?

By Heidi Schlumpf| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Social Justice

What parent doesn't want to make their children's wishes come true at Christmas, to see their little eyes light up as they tear off the wrapping paper on Christmas morning? But for many parents-and grandparents and other relatives-playing Santa has become an ethical landmine.

For instance, what do you do when your 3-year-old wants a Beetle Borg?


How I almost missed Good Friday

By James Philipps| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

It must have been about the time I was chopping up the melon for my one-and-a-half-year-old daughter's breakfast that the angst set in. Here it was Good Friday, and I hadn't done a single liturgical or sacramental thing during the entire expanse of Lent despite the best of intentions that I had at the beginning of the season.


Preferred providers

By Lawrence Cunningham| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

Thenaming in 1997 of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux as a "Doctor of the church" by Pope John Paul II caused Catholics around the world to ask what the term means, what its history is, and what the significance of the title is, both for the one honored and for theCatholic tradition in general.


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