I am with you always

Publisher Scott P. Richert reflects on the profound sense of absence and difference in Catholic churches during the 48 hours from the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday to the Easter Vigil, when the tabernacle sits empty, symbolizing Christ's death.

A theology of the body for Lent

Why do we fast during Lent? Or rather, why do we as men and women in the 21st century need fasting? While this isn’t the chief purpose of the practice, writes Scott Richert, fasting can help us recover the sense of ourselves

Why giving up something for Lent still matters

It is no longer fashionable to give up something for Lent. Instead, many insist, we should take something on, especially if it helps others with their physical needs. But OSV publisher Scott Richert shows how reading the Church Fathers can adjust our

Walking with St. Francis in the hills of Assisi

There’s something in the very nature of Italian hill towns that seems designed to create saints. OSV publisher Scott Richert explains that the very reality of having to walk uphill both ways as one goes about one’s daily life in Assisi slows

Encountering Christ at Christmas

In a world that still celebrates Christmas but has increasingly forgotten Christ, we remind one another that “Christ is the reason for the season” and urge our fellow man to “Keep Christ in Christmas,” but the way to do so is to

The fullness of the truth

“What is Truth?” Pontius Pilate famously asked, as he stood before the Son of Man and the Son of God who had equally famously declared, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.” Scott Richert found himself thinking of that

The greatest desire of our heart

As Advent approaches, Scott Richert reflects on the example of his mother, who passed away in early November. Richert writes: “When my sisters and I were young, my mother would spend all of Advent baking cookies and making candy. … But my

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