6 Keys to Catholic Culture from the Age of Faith

I have a small ambition: I really want to change the world. I want to save it–or at least, the souls in it. I want to help rebuild and restore Christian culture. Are you with me? Of course, it’s an immense undertaking that will likely take millions of people, generations of effort, and a constant outpouring of God’s abundant…

What’s on Your Altar?

Oh, it’s so good to be home! I’m just back from a wonderful, multi-state trip that involved going to Sunday Mass (Ordinary Form) in a little parish church in western North Carolina. Modern (built recently in the 2000s) on the outside, and modern in many ways on the inside, there were yet many statues and holy images prominently placed…

St. Augustine’s Prayer for All Virtues

This beautiful, strikingly emotional prayer is so long that it might more fittingly be called a “meditation.” The source in which I found this prayer surprisingly gives no information about it other than the title, so I don’t know if it really is by St. Augustine–but I think that as such an important and holy figure in…

Book Review: A Sense of the Sacred

For Christmas last year my husband bought me the huge (684 pages, weighs 3 lbs!) and beautiful book A Sense of the Sacred: Roman Catholic Worship in the Middle Ages by James Monti. I had wanted it badly.  This book is somewhat like an encyclopedia, only one that provides a live, guided tour of the rites…

The Splendor of Catholic Music: 15 Awe-Inspiring Albums

Almost nothing has brought greater happiness and inspiration into my life in the last five years than my discovery of the continuous tradition of Sacred Music within the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church built the Western Civilization of the last 2,000 years, and Sacred Music is the soundtrack for all this history! To connect to this artistic glory through modern…