The Blessed Virgin: The Air we Breathe

By Mac Stewart I recently came across a rather marvelous gem from the 19th-century Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins. It is a poem entitled “The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathe.” While Marian ... Read More...

Recovering the Magic in Onward

By Sam Keyes Pixar’s new Onward, made available early on Disney Plus thanks to the pandemic, is a wonderful movie. Of course I was going to say that. It is the gentle apotheosis of so much fantasy nerd cultu... Read More...

Where to Look for New Life

By Wesley Hill During the afternoon of Maundy Thursday, as I sat writing in my office, the sun burst through the colorless gauze that had been hanging over Pittsburgh for most of Holy Week. I quickly checked my weather app to see how warm it was and decided... Read More...

Dogs, Easter, and New Creation

By Charlie Clauss There is one species on our planet that seems to be benefiting from Covid-19 stay-at-home orders: dogs. There are more dogs out on walks, it seems, than ever before. Many animal rescue orga... Read More...

They Were Amazed

By Chip Prehn What were the disciples expecting to see on that third day? They had been carefully taught by their extraordinary rabbi. He had successfully opened their eyes to doctrines which had been obscur... Read More...

Christ the Lily of Humanity

By Mark Clavier There’s an old tradition of finding Easter in nature. This can be seen especially in Christian poetry, perhaps most famously in Venantius Honorius Fortunatus’ 6th-century Easter hymn, “Hail Thee, Festival Day”: Lo, the fair beauty of the ea... Read More...

The Quiet of Eastertide

By Deanna Briody The first Easter morning dawned without bells. No one was singing. Jesus’s disciples were holed away, stricken with grief, shocked and terrified by the horrific events of the Friday before. ... Read More...

Transformed by Jesus

May our reading of John’s Gospel inspire us to write more chapters of the good news of Jesus by sharing the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection with the world God loves so much.