G.K. Chesterton, ‘major English author’

Chesterton’s rollicking humor, which bound both friend and foe to him, was not a quirk of personality. It was an expression of his Christian faith, hope and love.

Judgment, the final encounter with truth and love

A favorite Biblical image used by the Church Fathers to describe the fragility and complexity of human life is that of a potter working with clay.

Peace amid conflict

At one time or another, we’ve all secretly yearned for the Madison Avenue version of Christmas.

Catholic and American? Part three in a series

The Catholic standard for discerning the viability and wisdom of when to assimilate to a culture, or when to resist assimilation, must be the Gospel of Jesus as handed down to us within the Church, and as celebrated in the Sacred Liturgy.

Solanus Casey beatification affirms Phoenix friars’ presence, paves way for future saints

The Phoenix is an allegorical bird that regenerates itself. Though it dies, it rises again from its own bones. The city of Phoenix was so named because there was once an ancient civilization that prospered in the desert but it was abandoned. Nonetheless, that desert civilization was reborn and we now call it home.

‘The Organ Lives!’ — Notre Dame’s Monstrous Organ Survives Fire

The world was obviously taken aback when news broke with terrifying videos of smoke and fire coming from the beloved Notre Dame Cathedral.

Word to Life: Oct. 23, 2016, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

When I pointed out in a homily that not all saints are officially canonized, a woman said to me after Mass, “That may be true, but the great saints get to wear a crown in heaven, like St. Paul in today’s epistle!” It got me to thinking: Are there trophies for us in heaven, blue ribbons as eternal accessories?

Dwindling crime rate, the economy, and our country’s morality

Every year I try to write at least one article about how things are getting better. And for the last three years one of...

Progress Made in Priestly Formation

In this series, I have been addressing certain aspects of the scandals that the Church has suffered over the past 70 years.

Sacred music’s role in evangelization

In the first part of this series on sacred music, I described the meaning of sacred music, and the difference between the music of the Church’s sacred liturgy and “religious music” (Dec. 15, 2011). The second part explored, from a historical perspective, the Church’s role in preserving and fostering authentic sacred music for more fruitful participation in the Sacred Mysteries (Jan. 19). In this third part, we now look at the role of sacred music in evangelizing culture.