Hillary Mast

Hillary Mast

Hillary is a staff writer for Catholic News Agency.

Articles by Hillary Mast

What does it really mean to observe Advent?

Dec 5, 2018 / 03:04 am

With the first Sunday of Advent behind us, the liturgical season of preparing for Christmas is well underway.

St. Joseph takes center stage in film on Christ's childhood

Mar 19, 2016 / 05:33 am

In his new film, “The Young Messiah,” Director Cyrus Nowrasteh knew that he needed to break the mold when it came to depicting Jesus’ foster-father, St. Joseph.

Push to legalize assisted suicide in Maryland is over – for now

Mar 7, 2016 / 15:03 pm

The latest push to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill has failed in Maryland, but opponents are well aware that this isn't the end of the fight.

Dating has died at college - but this campaign hopes to revive it

Feb 11, 2016 / 06:18 am

On a day marked by flowers, chocolate and romantic greeting cards, the Love and Fidelity Network is trying to bring back authentic relationships, especially to college campuses where dating seems to be a thing of the past.  

St Louis archbishop offers prayers, donations for Missouri flood victims

Jan 8, 2016 / 15:03 pm

A massive cleanup is left for those whose homes were in the path of one of the worst floods in the St. Louis area in over two decades.

For one young Catholic, music is an apostolate of beauty

Dec 29, 2015 / 15:55 pm

An up-and-coming Catholic musician in Michigan aims to expose listeners to God in the same way she did during her school years – through beauty found in “truly good” forms of art.

Dorothy Day had nothing to say to this theologian – or so he thought

Dec 27, 2015 / 09:35 am

Ever since entering the Church 27 years ago, theologian Lance Richey had always known about the Catholic social activist Dorothy Day in passing.  

After nearly 500 years, Our Lady of Guadalupe still has something to tell us

Nov 6, 2015 / 00:24 am

The miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is centuries old and her message to St. Juan Diego has been translated into numerous languages over the years. Countless books have been written about the apparition, and the tilma itself has been intensely scrutinized by scientists.

Pregnancy center partnership aims to improve women's healthcare in Colorado

Oct 30, 2015 / 02:01 am

When Jenny Langness took over as executive director of Real Choices Pregnancy Resource Center two years ago she was shocked by what little support it had from local churches, especially the Catholic ones.

Men and women are complementary – but what does that look like in practice?

Oct 16, 2015 / 02:25 am

The idea that men and women are different and complementary has been part of the Catholic Church from its beginning.

'Cracks in the Sidewalk' -- a charming new children's bedtime story

Oct 10, 2015 / 00:00 am

How do you talk to a child about God? How can complex theological teachings that have taken centuries to define be presented in a way that children can understand them?   It’s easier than you think, as a new children’s book, “Cracks in the Sidewalk”, proves.   Just look at things little ones are already familiar with. Moonlight, lightning bugs, fresh snowfall -- all of these are just little signs of God’s unyielding love for his children, big and small.   Author Tony Magliano, whose columns appear weekly on CNA, gives examples of the countless ways God shows his love for us, while illustrator Lynn Armstrong brings the colorful ideas to life with childlike simplicity.   But God’s love isn’t limited to just signs, the story reminds us; He also gives us people in our lives who show us love and kindness -- something that every child should be able to relate to.   A sweet and charming book, “Cracks in the Sidewalk” makes a perfect bedtime story. “Cracks in the Sidewalk” is available now in paperback through Eastern Christian Publications.

What does servant leadership look like on a global scale?

Aug 25, 2015 / 13:14 pm

For Catholic Relief Services' president Dr. Carolyn Woo, the way to lead others is to humbly admit when you don’t know something.

Dorothy Day had nothing to say to this theologian – or so he thought

Jun 20, 2015 / 15:02 pm

Ever since entering the Church 27 years ago, theologian Lance Richey had always known about the Catholic social activist Dorothy Day in passing.

'Gay agenda' at the World Meeting of Families? Not at all, Philly Archdiocese says

May 31, 2015 / 19:47 pm

In response to claims that a “gay rights activist” is acting as “gatekeeper” to exhibitors at the upcoming World Meeting of Families, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has said that nothing could be farther from the truth.

What does four decades as a priest look like? One bishop shares his story

May 28, 2015 / 02:50 am

On his 40th anniversary as a priest, Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck says he has a deeper understanding of his own vocation than when he was first ordained.

'Little Boy' filmmaker to audiences: don't let critics tell you what to think

May 6, 2015 / 01:47 am

Following a string of negative reviews for his latest film, “Little Boy,” award-winning director and screenwriter Alejandro Monteverde said audiences should see the movie and draw their own conclusions about the film.

For filmmakers, 'Little Boy' moved mountains of its own

Apr 25, 2015 / 14:54 pm

A new film from award-winning writer and director Alejandro Monteverde proved to not only tell a story of faith, but to strengthen the faith of those working on it as well.

For one young Catholic, music is an apostolate of beauty

Nov 15, 2014 / 15:46 pm

An up-and-coming Catholic musician in Michigan aims to expose listeners to God in the same way she did during her school years – through beauty found in “truly good” forms of art.  

Marriage and family issues facing Catholics are not all universal

Oct 16, 2014 / 03:01 am

The Synod on the Family has provided an opportunity for people to bring up issues concerning marriage and family life facing Catholics around the world, but as one auditor has noted, not all of those issues are the same.

For synod auditors, God's plan for marriage best taught by living it out

Oct 14, 2014 / 11:04 am

The American married couple who addressed the Synod of Bishops said daily life is where they first saw God’s plan for families revealed and that they hope to equip parents to be primary educators of the faith.