The Pope and the Mafia

I’m a convert, so naturally, I have an affinity for all the little trappings of the faith. With that, I know the journey that I went through to get here and in a way, I feel protective of my Church. I feel reverence for the Blessed Mother, for her husband Joseph, and especially for our […]

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A Patron Saint for the New Evangelization: St. Philip Neri

On May 26 the Church celebrates the feast day of a saint whose relative obscurity (in America, at least) is ridiculously out of proportion with his attractiveness and relevance.  It is high time that more people knew St. Philip Neri (1515-1595), the “Apostle of Rome.” The moniker seems paradoxical; why would Rome, the headquarters of the Catholic Church, need […]


Saint Joseph: Model of Protection

On March 19th, the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Joseph. Saint Joseph is a unique witness for the modern believer because we, who are so used to constant chatter and dialogue, never “hear” him speak in Scripture. However, we do see the impact of his actions. We understand his leadership within the Holy Family, […]


Saint John of the Cross: A Living Flame of Love

I have often encountered people who argue that religion is simply a construct of our imagination to provide comfort to believers, a nice fantasy that makes us feel better when things are bad. Those who uphold this view maintain that in face of the inevitable difficulties that accompany human existence, we invent the idea of […]

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A Good Christian Soldier

“Then he said to them, ‘Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s’.” (Mt. 22:21)   “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me’.” (Mt. […]

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