March embraces science, Catholic roots

  The March for Life in Washington, D.C., the largest annual pro-life event in the nation, was to be held Friday, Jan. 18, this year. The event was to begin with a noontime rally on the National Mall, followed by a walk

Bringing children to Mary through the Rosary

After learning that Blythe Kaufman, founder of Children’s Rosary, was filming at the nearby EWTN headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, Nathan Wright, principal of the Diocese of Birmingham’s St. Francis Xavier School, invited her to the campus to organize a school Rosary with

Wildfire lays waste to parts of California

A series of wildfires is again plaguing California, causing much destruction and loss of life, with the worst to date being one that has struck the small Northern California community of Paradise, wiping out much of the town. Structures belonging to Catholic

Florida Church reckons with Michael’s impact

It’s been a month since Hurricane Michael blew its way through the Florida Panhandle. The Category 4 storm — which produced heavy rains and winds of up to 155 mph — destroyed buildings, downed trees and power lines, and caused up to

‘A good religious statue is worth 10,000 words’

Quality church art can make the supernatural more real to worshippers, guiding prayer and making houses of worship more appealing to visitors. Gregory Cave of Cave Co. realizes this as well as anyone, as he has devoted 42 years of his professional

Benedictine abbey looks toward 20 years

The Benedictine monks of Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey in eastern Oklahoma will soon mark the 20th anniversary of their founding. The community lives on a remote, 1,000-acre wooded site in the Diocese of Tulsa and has prayer as its chief apostolate. As its

Pilgrim teens pray for those with mental illness

Eight Catholic teens ages 15-18 discerning vocations to the priesthood and religious life took a 70-mile pilgrimage through the Diocese of Portland, Maine, to pray for and raise awareness about teens struggling with addiction, depression or contemplating suicide. Although it was a

Blessed John Brenner inspires religious order

Father John Brenner (1931-57), a Hungarian Cistercian priest and martyr, was beatified May 1. Living in communist Hungary, Father Brenner was called to give last rites to a dying man, but it turned out the request was a ruse and instead he

A re-conversion and the power of Divine Mercy

In the early 2000s, Chris Alar was enjoying the good life. He was living in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina and had a nice home on the water, a successful consulting business and was engaged to “the most beautiful girl