SAINT MICHAEL, THE ARCHANGEL, DEFEND US IN BATTLE… These words are deeply ingrained in the Catholic psyche and have been upon the lips of faithful Catholics for over 130 years, since they were mandated by Pope Leo XIII in 1884 as part of a series of prayers (the “Leonine Prayers”) for recitation after Low Mass….

Theology of the Mountain For the past five weeks I have been living in beautiful Seattle, accompanying my youngest son as he attends a summer ballet program at the Pacific Northwest Ballet. I’m thankful for a pastor and administrator who respected my family needs and allowed me a short sabbatical. I’m thankful for organists and…

To all our youth who have just been anointed with the Sacred Chrism in the Sacrament of Confirmation: First, allow me to congratulate you all on this very significant milestone in your journey of faith. To have reached the maturity in your faith/the Faith which Confirmation both acknowledges and bestows is no small thing. It…

I think Palm Sunday is every kid’s favorite Mass. Just as predicted, when handed his palm, my almost-two-year-old began to wave it around – so excited about what he considered to be his new toy. Later on, when he saw my palm, which I had folded into the shape of the cross – he grabbed…

An Uncommon, Extraordinary “Sanctus” Lent at St. Mark, like in many parishes, is a season of greater liturgical simplicity. The decor of the church is subdued, largely devoid of any color but purple. The greenery behind the altar and crucifix has been replaced by bare branches, and there are no flowers in the church. Music during Lent often consists…

I had started a blog post back months and months ago when my son first discovered his toes. He was just looking around, taking it all in, when lo and behold out of nowhere appeared his toes! The sequence of facial expressions that followed was so much fun to watch. It was like he was…

“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel (which means, God with us).” Matthew 1:23 We are reminded over and over again during the Advent and Christmas Seasons of the incredible nature of the Incarnation – the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. But now that…

One of the first concepts you learn in the study of the arts is “the willing suspension of disbelief.” This means that, when watching something like a movie or a stage play, you allow for liberties in the passage of time and other dramatic incongruities. For example, many days or even years can pass in mere minutes, and characters divided by…

I find nuclear energy fascinating. A large, complex physical plant (like the Duke Energy facility outside Southport) covers many acres, requires thousands of people plus a myriad of rules, regulations, and protocols. Everyone must do exactly what they’re trained to do, at just the right time and in the correct manner, to guarantee the safe and efficient production of…

Here is a fun little exercise for you! Our confirmation candidates, who are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on October 28, are able to answer the following questions, are you?! Taken from http://dioceseofraleigh.org/content/are-you-smarter-confirmand here’s your chance to find out… Are you smarter than a Confirmand? Define the mystery of the Trinity. What are the foundations…