Category: Spirituality

Novena to St. Joseph 2019

The 2019 Novena to St. Joseph will begin on Monday, September 9 and continue for nine consecutive Mondays through November. This year, the novena includes three lay women giving reflections on the scriptures; I will be one of them, along with Jo Massarelli and…

St. Maximilian Kolbe and Euthanasia

During morning Mass on August 14th, the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe, I listened to the priest recount the story of his death at Auschwitz.  I knew the story well, but on hearing it this time I realized just how important his intercession…

Saint Edith Stein, Christmas, and Redemptive Suffering

This excerpt is from The Mystery of Christmas, a lecture she gave to a group of academics.  This is even more powerful when one considers her eventual martyrdom in an Auschwitz gas chamber. Though we know that the vast majority of people seeking assisted…