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June: Weirdos welcome

The feast of All Saints is exactly the same in the East as it is in the West; it’s just on the other side of the year. It always falls on the Sunday following Pentecost, which this year is June 16. On this day, the Eastern Church…

Apollo 11’s ‘giant leap’

Since the dawn of humanity, human eyes have beheld the glow of Earth’s moon in the skies overhead. For centuries, the human hearts of believers have pondered with awe the psalmist’s prayer to God: “You made the moon to mark the seasons”…

Mother of the Church

Everyone has a mother. Yes, the mother who gave them birth in the physical order of life. But Christian believers have another mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the spiritual order of grace. Jesus willed to give Mary as a mother to the…

Remembering Apollo 11

Our readers, writers, and staff members recall the moon landing. On July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the Eagle on the moon, I stood transfixed before the television screen with tears in my eyes. The thought came to…

Enemies no more

The Mosel Valley in Germany attracted my wife’s attention as an ideal place to visit. We heard that it was one of the loveliest places in Europe and that the people were friendly.  It was the summer of 1986. I was on active duty as a Navy…

May: St. Nobody Important

Some of Our Lord’s disciples are famous, but others are not. Peter and the apostles are in the first category. We know where they preached; we know if and how they were martyred; we know what their feast days are. What about the “nameless”…