St. Mary of Egypt Mary was a hermitess who lived alone in the desert of Egypt for forty-seven years as penance for her previously sinful life. In a chance meeting approximately one year before her death, she encountered St. Zosimas and recounted her life story to him. She told him that she had run away to Alexandria as … Continue reading Saints Every Catholic Hipster Needs to Know About
Pittsburgh is a beautiful city with plenty of ethnic diversity and several unique churches. Residents and visitors agree that Primanti Bros. is a mandatory stop when visiting, and that if you take in a Pirates game, you'll be treated to a pierogi race. Or, check out a Penguins game and enjoy the home team winning. … Continue reading If You Love the Catholic Church and Good Food, Pittsburgh Is Your Next Pilgrimage Destination
1. "Shake it off" Mark 6:10-11 "He said to them, 'Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.'” This one was the first I thought of. Jesus literallytells … Continue reading #TBT- If Bible Verses Were Taylor Swift Lyrics
The Church's teachings on life are some of the most misunderstood and some of the most controversial. "No abortion? No right to use one's body as one wishes!" society screams at us, as the Church staunchly says, "All persons have the right to life." "No contraception? The lunacy!" culture mocks, as the Church resolutely says, … Continue reading Church’s Teachings on Life Brought These 11 Converts to the Faith
With Halloween upon us, many of us are probably thinking about the otherworldly, the evil, the mysterious, the ghoulish. Maybe you're watching some classic Halloween movies. A favorite subject of horror movies tends to be demonic possession. The Exorcist and The Exorcism of Emily Rose come to mind immediately. But sometimes diabolical possession can look like a … Continue reading Mental Illness or Diabolical Possession? Can You Tell the Difference?
"Do small things with great love," she said, as if this were the easiest task in all the universe. She who was hypersensitive and feared staining her baptismal gown at all. She who seemed so meek and humble and perfect. She who struggled with her own inadequacies every day of her life. St. Thérèse of … Continue reading The Sparrow Among Eagles
It's been about two weeks since the PA Grand Jury report about the clergy sex abuse scandal and coverups was released and I've been mulling over it this whole time. Many other things have come to light since then, as well, and I've been quite overwhelmed. I grew up in the Diocese of Erie, PA … Continue reading Broken Trust, A Kiss of Betrayal