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Chiara: Wife, Mother, Faithful Witness

Chiara Corbella Petrillo is being considered for canonization, just a few years after her untimely death on June 13, 2012. Her story is as simple as it is an epic one, but most of all it is a holy one. Enrico and Chiara were married in...

Some Thoughts on the New Urbanism

One of the pleasures of reviewing books for The National Catholic Register is that it often introduces me to subjects about which I might not otherwise read. Case-in-point: about 15 years ago, I reviewed Philip Bess’s Till We Have Built...

What You Should Do (and Read) to Grow in Holiness

The serious Catholic is one who makes an effort to improve his spiritual life. I asked Father Greg Cleveland, director of the Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality in Denver and author of the spirituality book Awakening Love, to share some...

Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI’s Illness Is ‘Subsiding’

A skin disease that has been afflicting Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is “subsiding” and he is on the mend, his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein has said.  Speaking at a cultural event in the Black Forest over the weekend, Archbishop...

What Mount Everest Can Teach Us About God

“Mountaineering … can be a school for the maturation of strong human personalities, who learn from it mutual and generous help, continuous physical and moral training, solidarity, the spirit of service, fraternity. But this school can and must...

Science Told Me To Do It

In the current COVID-19 debate in America and around the world, there is an oft-repeated argument that has come to be recognized as definitive: “Science tells us to do it!”   Whether the “it” here refers to denying priests the ability to bring...

In Praise of Marriage

Is there anything more thrilling to witness than the wedding of two wonderful young people? This is especially true when one of them happens to be your son. Leaving aside being born, getting married has got to be just about the biggest day of...

Vermont Catholic Cooks Homemade Meals for Homebound Parishioners

Vermont resident Lisa Grover, a parishioner at St. Peter’s Church in Vergennes, may have many of life’s joys and parish duties, but one in particular has gained public notice: cooking for parishioners. As profiled on the website of...

St. Lawrence the Martyr and Prudentius the Poet

According to the old Catholic Encyclopedia entry for the fourth/fifth century A.D. Spanish poet, Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, he wrote his poems “to glorify God and atone for his sins.&rdqu

St. Lawrence Laughed in the Face of Death

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Q: Do you know the three things God doesn’t know? A: (1) What a Jesuit is doing, (2) what a Dominican is thinking and (3) how many Catholic religious communities there are for women in the world. You probably...