Human Freedom; Part two: Education for freedom

“It is not enough to say ‘I am free’,” Blessed John Paul II was accustomed to say, “One needs also to say ‘I am...

Human Freedom; Part one: Free with the help of God

“Give me liberty or give me death,” Patrick Henry’s famous cry, at our nation’s birth, continues to stir hearts today; the struggle for freedom is no less urgent now, as evidenced in rallies and fortnights throughout our country protesting against the HHS mandates and other threats to religious liberty.

The blessing of a fruitful life; Part four: Dealing with infertility

The 25th of this month of July will mark the 44th anniversary of one of the most prophetic documents in the history of the...

The blessing of a fruitful life; Part three: The mission of married couples

In the nuptial blessing of a wedding Mass, the following words are found, “May your abundant blessing, Lord, come down upon this bride and...

CRISTIADA: Blessed Miguel Pro: Joyful priest and grateful martyr (Part II)

Editor's note: This is the second part in a series of columns by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted that celebrated of the holy Year for Priests....

CRISTIADA: Blessed Miguel Pro: Jesuit Priest and Martyr (Part I)

Editor's note: This is the first part in a series of columns by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted that celebrated of the holy Year for Priests....

The blessing of a fruitful life; Part two: Openness to life and personal identity

A particularly dramatic moment of human freedom occurs in a Catholic wedding when a man and woman stand before the altar and answer three...

The blessing of a fruitful life; Part one: Blessed is the fruit of the womb

The fruit of the womb is holy. Every child is a blessing. A child is never an evil, even if the circumstances that led to the beginning of a new human person were not morally upright.

Practical Points for Singing the Mass

In the first three parts of this series we have explored the meaning of sacred music, the Church’s role in preserving and fostering it, and its role in evangelizing culture.

Puntos prácticos para cantar la Misa

En las tres primeras partes de esta serie hemos explorado el significado de la música sagrada, el papel de la Iglesia en preservar y fomentarla, y su papel en evangelizar la cultura.