• Catholic teen seeks to inspire neighborhood with Marian sidewalk art

     A young Catholic artist has drawn an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary on her parents' driveway bringing religious art to her local community during the quarantine. The Diocese of Fargo posted on Facebook May 4 an image of Our Lady of Lourdes drawn by Maria Loh, a 17-year old who... Read more
  • Shakespeare and the Gunpowder Plot

    The fact that Shakespeare was a believing Catholic in very anti-Catholic times can be proven beyond any reasonable doubt. The evidence is convincing in terms of what is known about his life and from what can be seen in his plays and poems. Since this is so, it’s intriguing to consider... Read more
  • One year after the fire, a French priest’s tribute to Notre-Dame

    For Fr. Pierre Amar, Notre-Dame de Paris has always been a masterpiece, “the very example of supreme beauty,” but now the Marian cathedral is also “a great burnt victim.” One year after the fire destroyed much of the cathedral’s roof and spire, the French priest shared what the... Read more
  • Let Folly be Our Cloak – Gandalf and the Wisdom of Spiritual Foolishness

    During the decisive “Council of Elrond” chapter in The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf suggests a plan that is not only dangerous but absurd: to walk into Mordor and attempt to destroy the One Ring of Power. It seems foolish, which een Gandalf admits, but the folly of the endeavor... Read more
  • Overroads Saved: G.K. Chesterton’s Historic Home to Stand

    Devotees of G.K. Chesterton are celebrating the news that Beaconsfield planning authorities have rejected plans to demolish the acclaimed Catholic writer and philosopher’s former home, Overroads. Just before Christmas, developers lodged two applications with the local council to knock the... Read more
  • Super Bowl ad highlights ‘Agape,’ known in Christianity as the greatest love

    It’s been a long time since television ads during the Super Bowl were just ads — and opportunities to make a trip to the kitchen for more chips and guacamole. We’ve gotten so accustomed to those Monday morning conversations at the office water cooler being as much about the ads as about... Read more
  • Tolkien’s Witness to the Good News

    The other day, I found myself in a cramped waiting room dominated by a television much too large and loud for the space. After the third or fourth depressing “newsworthy” tidbit in a row, an old man glanced over at me and smiled ruefully. “Why can’t they have a whole channel that... Read more
  • No Unity Without the Cross

    This essay was given as a homily on November 16, 2019, at the Mass of the Americas at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. In the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, directly over the spot where our Lord’s Cross stood, there stands a Greek altar.... Read more
  • My Friend Mister Rogers

    A long time ago, a man of resourceful and relentless kindness saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. He trusted me when I thought I was untrustworthy, and took an interest in me that went beyond my initial interest in him. He was the first person I ever wrote about who became my... Read more
  • French lawmakers pass bill on Notre-Dame; new report says cathedral nearly collapsed during fire

    France’s Parliament on Tuesday passed a bill on the rebuilding of Notre-Dame Cathedral— three months after a fire destroyed the church’s roof— even amid disagreement on the best way to proceed with the restoration. The April 15 fire destroyed the wooden roof of the cathedral as well... Read more