The Mass Explained 11

Interactive iPad app that explains the Catholic Mass and more

Interactive iPad app that explains the Catholic Mass and more

I refuse to pay more than 99-cents for an app — normally. Usually, I only download the free ones.

This new Catholic app, “The Mass Explained,” is so brilliant and so useful, it’s not only worth the $25, it’s worth buying an iPad just to have it. How could you justify paying $25 for an iPad app? I’ll get to that in just a moment. First, you need to watch this video: More…

Mary, Mother of God 21

Agios Theotokos of the Inexhaustible Chalice

Agios Theotokos of the Inexhaustible Chalice

I asked a simple question in a Catholic/Protestant discussion group yesterday, knowing it would spark mixed reactions:

Jesus is God; Mary is the mother of Jesus; Mary is the mother of God. Any objections?

The only objection that came out of the group was: More…

When the Gospel Pokes 11

Sometimes, the Gospel hurts

I try to avoid going to the doctor. I do this mostly by staying healthy, but even when I’m not I’d rather sweat it out and endure all pain and suffering than visit the doctor’s office and have him tell me something I already know.

The thing I dislike the most about medical examinations is all the poking.

Doctor: “Does this hurt?” — Gouge! More…

Mary of Nazareth 1

Movie Review

German actress Alissa Jung brilliantly portrays Mary of Nazareth

German actress Alissa Jung brilliantly portrays Mary of Nazareth

I’m glad I had the chance to attend the second sold-out showing of Mary of Nazareth, hosted by St Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church at AMC Theaters in Cumming, Georgia, yesterday. This one definitely had me pondering the life of Mary, and left me saying to myself, I need to see it again. Hopefully, the parish will host a third showing, because I think everyone with devotion to Mary in their heart needs to see it. More…

Christ Asks for More Than Self-Improvement Reply

Thanks Aristotle. I'll try harder next time.

Thanks Aristotle. I’ll try harder next time.

The last time I got angry, if I remember correctly, I did not plan it exactly the way Aristotle suggests I should plan it.

That’s because we don’t plan our anger. It just happens. Or does it? More…

Why Not Ask a Priest? 5

Fr Edward MaIlmail

Fr Edward McIlmail

When the contributors at RCSpirituality launched their “Ask a Priest” feature last month they weren’t sure what to expect. Would enough people read it or send in questions to keep it going?

Those doubts didn’t last long. Fr Edward McIlmail has been inundated by a flood of questions covering a wide range of issues. Fr Edward observes: More…

How Can Salt Lose Its Flavor? 5

Insipid, tasteless, bad taste, all words we use to describe a distasteful culinary experience, and the behavior or style of people who tend to disgust us.  What is the sense behind these unsavory metaphors?

In today’s Gospel reading (Matt 5:13-16), Jesus uses a salty analogy to remind his followers how they ought to behave:  More…

Yes, One Large Chocolate Francis to Go, Please 4

Um, that's, uh… huge. Thanks (How am I going to eat all this chocolate?)

Um, that’s, uh… huge. Thanks (How am I going to eat all this chocolate?)

Pope Francis meets life-size chocolate Pope Francis

Made with 1.5 tons of cocoa, the life size chocolate replica of our Supreme Pontiff greeted the pope today. Vatican sources have not have not indicated whether Pope Francis plans to share the chocolate version of himself with the papal household or enjoy it all by himself, although it has been confirmed More…

Lesson from Today’s Gospel: God Is Pro-Life! 3

The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

I have some great news to share with you today.

First, we need to understand the Pro-Life meaning of today’s Gospel (Luke 2:22-40), because after you reflect on this, you will appreciate it so much more. More…