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.


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.


The trouble with Saint Dorothy

By Jim Forest| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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Can you think of a word that describes a person who devoted much of her life to being with people many of us cross the street to avoid? Who for half a century did her best to make sure they didn't go hungry or freeze on winter nights? Who went to Mass every day until her legs couldn't take her that far, at which point Communion was brought to her? Who prayed every day for friend and enemy alike, and whose prayers, some are convinced, had miraculous results? Who went to Confession every week? Who was devoted to the rosary? Who wore hand-me-downs and lived in cold-waterflats?


They did it their way

By A U.S. Catholic interview| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

Your book All Saints tells the stories of a broad range of saints-some officially canonized and some not, some Catholic or Christian, some not. How did you select whom to include?

 


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