These monks defend the dignity of the body after death

The monks at New Melleray Abbey in Peosta, Iowa, maintain an apostolate building caskets and urns, playing their part in encouraging respectful and dignified burials, and keeping death before our eyes. This is a participation in the corporal works of mercy. The

Two brave friars’ risky dream of founding a farm

In his 1981 encyclical Laborem Exercens, Pope St. John Paul II wrote that “work is a fundamental dimension of our life on earth.” Working with the land, running a farm, and manual labor in general can bring us closer to God. That’s

Spotlight on a Catholic priest in the metaverse

“Meta” is a term we hear a lot these days, in many contexts. From the Greek for “beyond,” it often refers to an expanding of horizons, taking something that already exists to new and possibly previously-unconceived-of places. The so-called “metaverse” is a

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