The Real St. Nick

As we prepare for the sublime feast of the Nativity of Our Lord during these weeks of Advent, we can’t help but notice the trappings of our secular culture that continually impose themselves on the “holiday season.” Meanwhile, more overtly religious expressions, such as créches or Nativity scenes, are systematically excluded from the public square. […]

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The Last Father

Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. John Damascene. For many years I have considered him the patron saint of my computer. Of course, I’m the same guy who thinks Blessed Kateri Takeitwithya is the patroness of fast food restaurants! Actually, St. John Damascene (died c. 750 A.D.), priest and monk, is considered the last […]

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According to Luke

“Saints week” continues today with the feast of St. Luke, author of the third Gospel and companion of St. Paul. I don’t know about you, but I grow weary of study Bibles and Bible studies that go to great lengths to explain to us that so and so didn’t actually write the book of the […]

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Iggy’s Top Ten

I’m especially partial to today’s saint, Ignatius of Antioch. I’m sure part of it is because it’s my birthday, so I’ve always claimed him as one of “my” saints. But even more, St. Ignatius, who is recalled in the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer 1), is a vitally important witness to the faith of the Apostles, […]

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“Saints Week” Continues

Today the universal Church celebrates not one but two feast days, namely the feast of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and the feast of St. Hedwig. Both of these saints are fairly obscure, though between the two St. Margaret Mary is the better known because of her connection to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. But […]

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Carelessness About Sin

This is “Saints Week” in the Church. No, the Holy Father has made no proclamation to that effect. Rather, it just so happens that October seems to have more than its fair share of wonderful feast days, and several of them occur this week. I thought they could provide the context for this week’s postings. […]

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Fighting Poverty

I was flipping through a recent issue of Newsweek, and the cover story caught my attention. Its focus is “giving globally”—how we can help bring basic vaccines, clean water, food, and health care (among other things) to impoverished people throughout the world. The photos and captions are a rallying cry and a reminder that we […]

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Labor Management

For many men today, one would think a “holy hour” means being able to watch the second half of a game without interruption, and that a “retreat” is 36 holes of golf interspersed with appropriate beverages. In countless parishes I’ve visited, the women far outnumber the men in the pews (and in the sanctuary). Meanwhile, try […]

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The Family That Overtook Christ

Today is the feast day of St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153). For many people, unfortunately, St. Bernard is merely a big, lovable breed of working dog. Even those of us with Catholic sensibilities might not know too much about him. Maybe we remember that he was devoted to Our Lady (which saint wasn’t?), and that […]

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