Morning Air Chat – UPDATED

I had a terrific chat with John Harper this morning on Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air.” WE talked about how Catholicism came to Korea (it’s not the way you think), and the impact James Foley’s letter should have on all of us. I encourage you to listen to the podcast¬†– just Read more…

James Foley’s letter home is a letter to us, also

James Foley, letter home

James Foley in a 2011 interview

While in captivity, James Foley sent a letter home, via a released fellow hostage who memorized it and passed it on to his family. His captors confiscated all of his written letters, but the oral one made it through and has since been published by his family.

First, I’m touched that Foley’s fellow hostage was able to retain it, considering his own (more…)

Celebrating the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Church of the Dormition in Jerusalem, where Mary was assumed into heaven.

Church of the Dormition in Jerusalem, where Mary was assumed into heaven.

As we celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I’m taken back to my time in the Holy Land, and especially to my visit to the Church of the Dormition in Jerusalem. The church has traditionally marked the place at which Mary “went to sleep” and was then assumed, body and soul, into heaven.

I remember the exceptional peacefulness of the site, in particular the lower church in which there’s a life-size statue of the Blessed Mother as she may have looked at her falling into sleep, or dormition. Kneelers surround the statue, and as I knelt there, I could sense the sadness of the (more…)