Adam in a forest

Waiting for Hope Incarnate

For to us a child is born. A child of hair and nails and teeth; a child of shoulders and ankles and wrists and knees; a child of muscles that strained and bones that broke and cartilage that twisted and rubbed and wore and tore. A child who could, and who would, feel the pain…

Priest Lifting the chalice

“To Be One With the People”

On May 29, 2017—Memorial Day—the Most Reverend Timothy Broglio, JCD, archbishop for the Military Services, announced that the United States Armed Forces might soon have a patron saint. After a four-year inquiry, the archdiocese had formally submitted Father Vincent Capodanno’s cause for sainthood to the Vatican. In Queens, New York, Father Mark Bristol ’11 couldn’t…

St. John Paul 2 Library

“A Kind of Inheritance”

In the final scene of his masterpiece novel, Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh captures the radically different nature of freedom Christians are called to embrace compared to the kind of freedom championed by the secular societies in which they live. Legally divorced from their spouses, protagonists Charles Ryder—at that point an agnostic—and Julia Flyte—a “half-heathen,” in…

Closeup of wooden Crucifix

Nettina: Finding Beauty in Holy Week

There’s a common phrase we hear when discussing our faith. Perhaps you’ve heard it in class. Possibly, you’ve read it in a blog post. Maybe, you heard your favorite Catholic speaker lay claim to it, nodding your head and thinking, “yeah man, that.” The good, the true, and the beautiful. We’re asked to consider what…

Sunset on mountain

Teach Us to Sit Still

“It may be a private bargain between me and God, that if I give up this one thing I want so much, however bad I am, He won’t quite of despair me in the end.” -Julia Flyte in Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited Early morning on I-20 comes slowly. Even from the driver seat of a…

Priests applying ashes to forehead

Six Books to Read During Lent

Lent doesn’t need to be all about giving things up. It can also be about deepening our desire to grow closer to God through adding items and activities to our life. One way to do that is picking up a good book. From spiritual devotions to biographies to novels, here are six suggestions for good…