The Bizarre Conspiracy Theory That Might Be Driving Russia

One possibility behind recent Russian actions is a conspiracy theory so bizarre that few people outside Russia give it serious consideration. But nearly a third of the Russian population of the country reportedly gives it credence.

Mary is the Antidote to Anti-Feminine Madness

The negation of Mary is directly linked to the anti-feminine, anti-maternal, and anti-family nihilism that grips us today. Long a stumbling block for Protestants, Mary is increasingly rejected and mocked in the godless, death-infatuated cultures that stand strongest in formerly Protestant, but now almost entirely atheistic, lands. The story of Mary, however, helps bring to [...]

Tokens of Love

Four-year-old Daniel recently gave me a picture he drew of me. In the pencil and crayon drawing, I stand smiling, arms outstretched, surrounded by hearts and flowers. I was struck by the fact that it is an especially loving and adoring image. A shrine, perhaps, to Mama. My own mom, a mother of nine children [...]

Holy Mary, Mother of God

  In the Gospel of Luke, the angel Gabriel tells Mary, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God" (Lk 1:35).   Some sufferers from Mariaphobic Response Syndrome look at this and [...]

Full of Grace

At the time Gabriel appeared to Mary, there was an emperor who ruled the known world. His name was Augustus Caesar. A common greeting among citizens of the empire at that time was, "Hail, Caesar!" Caesar, while originally a proper name, had already begun to morph into a title (a title that would be preserved [...]

Infectious Speech

   I have a few -- okay, more than a few -- macabre interests that reach back into my childhood. One of them is an intense curiosity about fatal infectious diseases. (I blame early and frequent viewings of Little House on the Prairie, which seemed to have an epidemic threat each season.) I spent some [...]

The Nativity

"The Word was made flesh, and dwelt amongst us" (Jn 1: 14). We begin with the Beginning. The Word was with God. The Word was God. Flesh did not make the Word. What "dwelt amongst us" was the Word, the Logos, nothing less. This is a fact. The whole world is different because of it. [...]