A mosaic of Agnes, a martyr and one of the Mothers of the Church, adorns a chapel wall in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, in this Sept. 28 photo. Women in the early church did not generally leave behind doctrinal writings. But their lives had such a powerful impact that their stories were written, recited and sung from their day down to ours. CNS photo/Chaz Muth
In recent years, some have charged that the role of women in the early church was glossed over or, even worse, deliberately suppressed. The best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" is a case in point. More ... Friday, September 30, 2016
As Jews, Christ's disciples already knew how to pray. Psalms were sung as the priests offered the sacrifices in the Temple. Psalms were chanted in the synagogue services and prayed around the table at Passover. More ... Friday, September 9, 2016
The human heart is a clear symbol in human language for love. To speak of giving one's heart away, whether in pop music or in the poetry of the ages, is to speak of giving love and sharing life. More ... Friday, August 26, 2016
What is your attitude toward work? Do you work in order to live, or do you live in order to work? How do you express yourself through your work? Do you feel that you accomplish something of value most days, or do you feel that your labor is meaningless toil that only achieves your minimal paycheck? More ... Sunday, July 10, 2016
A recent case involving alleged Marian apparitions in the Philippines -- which the Vatican effectively denied as "supernatural," after a local archbishop had declared them "worthy of belief" -- reflects the centuries-old caution with which the church regards reported appearances, real or imagined, by Mary, the mother of Jesus.