Mary Rezac

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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 […]

Meet the Catholic man who invented the World Cup

Starting this weekend, an estimated 3.2 billion people the world over will tune in to watch the 2018 World Cup, an international soccer tournament founded by a Catholic man from a small village in France. Jules Rimet was born on October 14, 1873, in the small village of Theuley in Eastern France to a modest family; […]

Thousands surround University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus to pray rosary for peace

Usually when thousands gather on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) campus, it’s to cheer on the greatest college football team of all time, the Nebraska Cornhuskers (because this a blog and I’m allowed to say that about my alma mater (people are also there for the marching band which is the Pride of All Nebraska)). […]

Robot religion: Smartspeakers unsure about God, but all seem to agree about Mary

Last week, Religion News Service reported on a viral video from the CEO of a Christian radio network, who recorded his Google Home smartspeaker rattling off answers about the identity of Buddha, but balking when it came to Jesus. “Google Smart Home Audio products apparently have a problem knowing who Jesus is. Meanwhile, Google Home knows […]

Video blog: What Cardinal Dolan saw in Lebanon

If you follow Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York on social media, you’ve probably noticed that he’s been doing some traveling lately. After a stop in Rome, Dolan made his way to Beirut, Lebanon, this past week to spend time with Christian and Muslim refugees there to learn about their lives and assure them of […]

Mary and Christine explain the reasons behind Easter symbols (and also tell you which candy to buy)

My good friend Ben texts me (Christine) every year during this time and asks what rabbits and eggs have to do with the resurrection of Christ. Well, Ben, this year Mary and I have some good news: we’ve solved the case.   To help Easter bunnies with candy selection, we’ve sampled entirely way too much […]

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 […]

You don’t really know St. Patrick

St. Patrick, patron saint of Nigeria (who wasn’t Irish and wasn’t the first Christian missionary to Ireland and didn’t drive the snakes out), pray for us. Wait, what? Popular devotion to St. Patrick might have one believing that he was an Irish pied piper who led the snakes out of the land of Guinness. But there’s a […]