Why Are Catholic Mom Blogs So Awesome?

Why are Catholic Mom Blogs so awesome? You can almost hear the holy noise of their children playing in the other room while they upload photos from last night’s Candlemas dinner party. Joy spills onto every homepage like that glass of orange juice the toddler knocked over this morning. Intelligence lies open on every blog post ...

This Lent, Prepare Yourself for a Marian Consecration

Want to drop a V6 engine into your Volkswagen Bug prayer life? Would you like to battle sin and Satan and sabotage like the mighty saints of yore? Then gird your loins, get on your knees, and prepare yourself for Marian Consecration. Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary… Today, Friday, February 20th, is not only a day for ...

YOUR WIFE IS WEARING WHAT? MEN, VEILS, AND THE MYSTERY OF FEMININITY

The strangest thing happened a few months ago. My wife covered her head during Mass. I’ll never forget the moment when I first glanced up to see her noble cranium veiled in a strange and beautiful cut of lace. Whoa. [Note: this essay was first published by Catholic Gentleman and is reprinted here and at Aleteia with permission.] Years earlier, my good ...

Catholicism: The Real Women’s Liberation Movement

Protoevanglium. It’s not a kind of octopus or jellyfish. The Protoevangelium is the first announcement of the Gospel, the promise that sin would not have the last word. It reminds us that without woman, the whole economy of salvation becomes unintelligible. From the “mother of all living” to the mother of God, Mary, all of ...

The Visitation Revisited

The days following the angel’s announcement had been the most exciting, most disorienting days of Mary’s life. With only one fresh water spring, the village of Nazareth was small. Rumors flew. By all appearances, she had fallen into disgrace. She was avoided, even slandered by her own kindred, homeless in her own hometown. The silence between ...

An Explosion In Reverse

“Ever since the coming of John the Baptist the kingdom of Heaven has been subjected to violence and violent men are seizing it.” Remember that one scene in that one movie (it doesn’t matter which) where the building explodes? Fire flashes and plumes of smoke mushroom up and out. Everyone is leaping away and running for ...