Monks honor the dead with their labor

In Iowa, Trappist monks manage the state’s second largest privately owned forest within their 1,800 acres. The land produces high-quality prized lumber, and the black walnut trees are considered some of the best. From that forest comes the business, Trappist Caskets, that

‘When you care for the sick, you care for Christ’

In an interview with Our Sunday Visitor, Doctor Karen MacDonald, a physician in an emergency department, shares how the spiritual care people receive from Catholic clergy and religious is vital for patients and their family, in life and in death. Not only