The Annunciation: Celebrating the Humility of a Girl

4 minutes By Mary Ryan, Catholic University of America Today we celebrate the most beautiful Solemnity of the Annunciation. This wonderful feast day is when we remember and joyfully commemorate the day when a humble young girl from Nazareth said “yes” to the Most Holy God. This girl was a virgin, pure and clean of heart, the […]

The Scrupulous Augustine

7 minutes By Elizabeth Zahorick, University of Notre Dame When Our Lord appears to His disciples after the Resurrection, He greets them on three separate occasions with the same greeting: “Peace be with you” (Jn 20:19). Christ knew that their hearts were deeply troubled after the events of His Passion and wanted to show them that only […]

Why Do Catholics Venerate Mary? A Comprehensive Overview

28 minutes By Rachel Hamilton, Franciscan University As a former skeptic myself, I certainly understand the concern over how highly Catholics exalt Mary. If you clicked on this article, you likely are brimming with questions such as: 1. How is viewing Mary as more “immaculate” and righteous than the rest of us human creatures not deifying her? […]

History Repeats Itself – and God Remains Faithful

2 minutes By Mary Boneno, Catholic University There’s a lot going on in the world. A global pandemic. Racial injustice. Civil unrest. Natural disasters. All of these events can lead many of us to fall into despair.  Many others believe that we are certainly in the end times.  But I’d like to step back for a moment […]

The Story of a Scrupe: Confronting Scrupulosity

13 minutes By Paul B. An Introduction to What Scrupulosity and Mortal Sin Are In ancient Rome, as part of their state religion, the Romans would offer lengthy sacrificial events, often lasting around three hours! If the people messed up even one small part of the ritual, they started the entire ceremony over again. An imperfect ceremony […]

Reflections from the Motherhouse Gardens: The Father’s Love

4 minutes By Nicholas Praetzel As the title suggests I work as a groundskeeper for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Those of you who garden know how serene working in God’s creation can be, and those of you who have heard nuns sing know how soothing of an experience it can be. As such, I […]