The well-informed witness

Guest ColumnistBy A. B. HILL The Sacrament of Confirmation “gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1303) […]

With our eyes on the cross we can let go of fear

Seven years ago on September 11, our country suffered the tragedy of a terrorist attack resulting in the deaths of more than 3,000 people. In some ways we still suffer the effects. As a nation we bear the scars inflicted by the terrorists who plotted the attack and flew the planes. If they intended to […]

16,000 years and counting

Religious mark milestones of service Married couples busy with the work of raising a family and running a home don’t often stop to consider their commitment to each other, except on their wedding anniversary. Religious men and women don’t marry, of course, but when consecrated to God they become spouses of Christ. Since the Church […]

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Youths making a difference inspire us all It’s that time of year in homes when brothers and sisters are getting on each other’s nerves – and Mom’s and Dad’s, too. The close-quarters bickering means that the end of summer is in sight as children (and young adults) prepare to head back to school. Kids have […]

Assumption of Mary gives lessons for life

The universal Catholic Church celebrates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Friday, Aug. 15. This great feast honors Mary, our Mother and the Mother of the Church. It celebrates Mary being taken up into heaven – assumed, not corrupted in the grave – at the end of her earthly pilgrimage, and of the […]

Hope, hard work aim to end homelessness

It’s not time to think about Thanksgiving Day or Christmas. But neither is it time to forget the less fortunate people who receive donated toys and turkeys during those holidays. The neediest of our brothers and sisters live in no homes at all. Whether in the cold holiday months or in this first week of […]

Summer weather reminds us to appreciate God’s creation

The warm days of summer bring opportunities to spend time outdoors. As we enjoy the warmth of the sun, and sometimes endure the high heat and humidity this time of year brings to the Philadelphia region, it’s only natural to notice the beauty of nature in God’s creation. One also witnesses the rise of climate […]

Led by children, families witnessed the love of Jesus

Editorial Almost 6,000 Catholics gathered to celebrate the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist last Sunday at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. That’s right: 6,000. The number included more than 1,200 children and their families for a Mass, procession and benediction on the Feast of the Body and […]