Posts in category "Catholic"

The world is not a horrible place

The world is not a horrible place, but I can understand why some people might thinks so. The news has been awful lately.  The execution of James Foley and the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson fills every newscast 24/7. Matt Walsh tried to answer a thoughtful reader’s inquiry about the state of our world and how... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: Old St. Pat's

Old St. Pat's
Old St. Pat’s is the ninth church in my series “Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches.”  My husband and I haven’t been to this church in nearly 30 years.  We remembered it as dark and green.  What we found was a transformation to a beautiful pastel luminescence. My husband and I attended the 12:10 PM Mass on August... Read more »

Old St. Patrick’s Church: A Chicago Renaissance Story

Old St. Patrick’s Church: A Chicago Renaissance Story
Old St. Patrick’s Church: A Chicago Renaissance Story is a new local documentary which will be shown on WTTW, Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 PM (central time). The documentary is the story of the revival of this nearly 170 year old church from an empty building and a declining neighborhood to a centerpiece of worship,... Read more »
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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: The National Shrine of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini

The entrance of the shrine.  Doesn't look like a church does it?
The eighth church in my series, Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches, is The National Shrine of Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini.  Out of all the churches we’ve been to so far, this shrine was the one that impacted my husband and I the most emotionally as well as spiritually. My husband and I were given a tour... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii

The entrance on Lexington of Our Lady of Pompeii
Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches:  The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii is the seventh church in my series.  My husband and I attended the Sunday morning 8:30 Mass. Let’s begin with what a shrine is: The term shrine signifies a church or other sacred place to which the faithful make pilgrimages for a particular pious reason with... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Mary of the Angels

Entrance on 1850 N. Hermitage (the Kennedy and Armitage exit)
Our next stop in touring Chicago’s beautiful churches is St. Mary of the Angels.  My husband and I had never been here before.  We have passed it many times and saw it from the Kennedy expressway, so we were excited to attend their Saturday, 5 PM Mass. St. Mary of the Angels is another church... Read more »
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Jesus rejoiced

From Catholic Memes on Facebook
Jesus rejoiced is one of those phrases we don’t often dwell upon.  More than likely, it would be Jesus suffered or Jesus’ suffering. In Fr. James Martin’s Book, Jesus:  A Pilgrimage, he lists from the Bible some of the many times that Jesus, his disciples and those around him rejoiced: “Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. Michael in Old Town

Entrance to St. Michael's
St. Michael in Old Town is the fifth in my series of touring Chicago’s beautiful churches.  My husband and I have been there once before and we were looking forward to our second visit. I also have a personal connection to this very old and historic church.  My maternal grandparents were married here sometime in... Read more »

Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: St. John Cantius

St. John Cantius on Carpenter
St. John Cantius is the fourth church my husband and I have visited in my series, Touring Chicago’s beautiful churches.  This exquisite church was very near the wrecking ball not that long ago and now it is a thriving parish. My husband and I had not been to St. John Cantius in many years.  The... Read more »
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Touring Chicago's beautiful churches: Holy Innocents

Entrance to Holy Innocents on Armour
Holy Innocents is the third parish my husband and I visited while touring Chicago’s beautiful churches.  Neither of us had ever been there so we were discovering this treasure for the first time. What always amazes me when visiting an older parish is the sacrifice of the people who built it.  Intricate stained glass in memory... Read more »