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The good, the bad and the ugly: 7 takes on the Notre Dame fire

The world watched as the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned earlier this week. The world watched, and the world sometimes has a big mouth. Most reactions to the Notre Dame fire, from Catholics and non-Catholics, were those that sympathetically mourned the loss of a beautiful building and a landmark of faith and […]

The Catholic Guide to 2019 March Madness

Welcome to March, and some of the least-productive work days of the year.* March Madness tips off on March 19 and 20 with the First Four tournament, and then the real fun begins on March 21 with the first round. If your alma mater was not selected for this year’s tournament (🙋) and you’re looking […]

The giant Venezuelan rodent that tastes like fish, and other obscure Lenten delicacies.

When it comes to fasting, we Catholics don’t have much to complain about. We fast, but we can still have a normal meal and two smaller meals. We can’t eat meat on Fridays, but we can eat fish. And so we fry it. And throw a party with all our friends. And drink beer. The Church has […]

Girl, check yourself: An honest review of ‘Girl, Wash Your Face.’

I’m the kind of person who shouldn’t read self-help books written by my peers. I have very high standards for who has any legitimate authority in my life: Jesus. the Pope. my mom. the cashier at Chik-Fil-A. my best friend when she tells me light pink shirts wash me out and make me look like […]

Catholic Myth-busters: Immaculate Conception edition

On Dec. 8, the Church celebrates the feast of the Immaculate Conception (it’s a Holy Day of Obligation, so make sure you get to Mass)! There are three common misconceptions about this feast day in particular that we’d like to bust wide open. Myth #1: This is about Jesus’ conception Nope. The Solemnity of the […]

3 Nun things for Vocation Awareness week

So, it’s the 42nd annual Vocations Awareness Week in the United States, and you’re looking for the perfect ways to promote vocations to the consecrated life, right? Well look no further. Here are three things that will help you promote vocations (for women) to religious life. 1. “For Love Alone” – a film about women […]

Jesus painting survives church fire unscathed

Religious articles seem to have an uncanny knack for surviving natural disasters. While an “inferno” burnt down an 1800’s-era Baptist church in Wakefield, Mass., one thing survived basically unscathed – a large painting of Jesus Christ. “I’m personally taking it as a sign and a reminder that the Jesus, the Christ that we serve is […]

‘Kiss me I’m Irish’ – new DNA tests confirm heritage, solidify identity

By Christine Rousselle   The popularity of genealogy research, particularly through the use of DNA kits and online resources, is a sign that humans are longing for a sense of community and kinship, a panelist at the World Meeting of Families’ panel “The Importance of Belonging: Exploring Contemporary Interest in Genealogy” theorized Aug. 22. Genealogy […]

Seven Irish saints who are not named Patrick

By Christine Rousselle* Ireland’s patron saint is St. Patrick, and for good reason: he brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17 around the world, both by the Irish and those who are only Irish-for-a-day. But Patrick isn’t the only saint the Irish adore–here are seven more Irish saints […]

How a crucifix once saved Our Lady of Guadalupe from a bomb

The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe is well-known. The Virgin Mary appeared to the indigenous peasant Juan Diego in the 1500s and miraculously left her image on his tilma, which is still venerated today. Lesser-known, however, is the story of how a crucifix once saved the image when a bomb exploded in the 1920s. […]