Lenten penance prepares us for spiritual battle

In a world in which people often pride themselves on “having no regrets,” it’s admitting we have a few, or eight, or 50.

Christ’s True Presence awaits us, but do we know it?

I was in my third year of college the first time he played for me. Sitting under a tree at a local park, he strummed the guitar gently, crooning songs of love for God and His wondrous mercy.

‘The Giver’ offers thought-provoking message sure to spark discussion

It’s not very often that a movie has you pondering its message long after the credits roll. “The Giver” (The Weinstein Company), which opened in theaters Aug. 15, is just such a movie.

Remembering who we are at Christmas — and who Christ is

With Christmas just days away, we turn our hearts toward the humble stable in Bethlehem where the Savior of the world was born. In the midst of the clamor of the world and the unrelenting violence around us, this conscious decision to focus on Jesus Christ, Ruler of the Universe, girds us with the truth: the Child born in the silence and stillness of the night was sent to redeem us and heal our broken world.

Ignoring the truth as the bodies pile up is not an option

Sitting there in front of my computer, my hands were shaking as I watched a technician cavalierly examine a container of body parts taken from aborted babies.

Unexpected apology points to virtue rarely seen in public

Standing there before the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, we waited to pass through a small, very low entryway known as “the Humble Door.”

Young man’s sacrifice sparks solidarity with the poor

Anyone who’s ever had the joy of having a houseful of teenage and 20-something males knows what I mean when I say that it’s all about the food. One local teenager stands apart from the crowd.

The home that love built: Mysterious mansion no match for life beneath tree

Surrounded by a thick hedge of ornamental orange trees and towering pines, the gabled mansion on Kyrene Road in the East Valley has always been somewhat of a mystery to me.

Fathers forever: Our priests lead the way, lay down their lives

May each of us call them “Father” and lovingly support them until they are called home to the Eternal Father.

Myopic view continues to ignore, discount beliefs of millions

It’s what’s missing from mainstream media news coverage that explains a lot about the mindset of those who wield power in America’s newsrooms and the growing number of people who shun traditional news sources.