The late pontiff's sixty to ninety minutes of private prayer before Mass were the best part of his day
The following is Chapter 9, "The Blessed Sacrament", from Jason Evert's new book, Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves.
Between 5:00 and 5:30 a.m.and
sometimes as early as 4:00Pope John Paul II would arise each morning,
Interpreting Scripture for its moral import alone, while common and understandable, can cause us to miss the deeper meaning of Christ's actions
many Catholic parishes on Holy Thursday, a footwashing ritual is
incorporated into Mass. Although optional, most parishes choose to do
it, for it is a most powerful symbol in the present day, just as it is a
powerful symbol at its Scriptural roots in the thirteenth chapter of
the Gospel of John, when Jesus himself washes his disciples’ feet.
a symbol of what? T...
Ordained in their 40s, 50s, or 60s, these men offer a unique pastoral perspective to their flocks.
diocesan seminaries will not accept older applicants to the priesthood, and
often with good reason. An older man can have greater difficulty in
meeting the demands of the priesthood or giving up the freedom or material
success of his single life, or find it a challenge to place himself under the
authority of a bishop. When people age, they often become more s...
Few movies can be at once savage and sweet; fewer still while straddling more than one genre. Billy Wilder’s The Apartment (1960) manages all of the above. Dubbed a comedy at its debut, this
study in after-office-hours hanky-panky bears an undertow of
melancholyand with the deceptively light touch of co-writer-director
Audiences weaned on Jim...
Jody Bottum's new book examines why the old language of traditional religion is out, and a new language of spirituality is in.
1965, more than 50 percent of Americans were active members of mainline
Protestant churches. Today that number is down to under 10 percent.
Meanwhile, Catholicism in America continues to enjoy moderate success,
primarily due to the wave of new immigrants, but weekly Mass attendance
is in significant decline. Yet ask the average passerby on the streets
about their religious beliefs ...