Mary Magdalene—Apostle to the Apostles

By Claire Bischoff Quick! Think of one thing that you know about Mary Magdalene. Unfortunately, one of the things many people think that they know about Mary Magdalene is that she was a prostitute. As it turns out, this is a case of mistaken identity that goes back to the early church, when Mary ofContinue reading “Mary Magdalene—Apostle to the Apostles”

Foggy Mirrors at Home

A guest post from Claire Bischoff In last week’s gospel, Jesus stands up at the synagogue and reads the following passage from the prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Holy One is upon me; therefore, God has anointed me and sent me to proclaim good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty for captives, sightContinue reading “Foggy Mirrors at Home”

Baptism of the Lord

  Baptism of the Lord. A guest post from Claire Bischoff I still cringe when I see pictures of myself (or even imagine them!) from my first year in high school. Not yet ready for contact lenses, every day I donned a pair of oversized pink plastic glasses that were always sliding awkwardly down myContinue reading “Baptism of the Lord”

The Meaning of Christmas (Or How Not to Hate What You Receive)

The Meaning of Christmas (Or How Not to Hate What You Receive) a guest post from Claire Bischoff What is the worst Christmas gift that you have ever been given? On the first Christmas I celebrated with my then-boyfriend now-husband’s family, they gave me a navy blue and white striped sweater from an expensive brand nameContinue reading “The Meaning of Christmas (Or How Not to Hate What You Receive)”

Seeing Possibility

A guest post from Claire Bischoff After the fasting, prayer, and almsgiving of Lent and the joyous celebration of the Easter season, we return this Sunday to Ordinary Time. While our “regular” calendar is divided into twelve months beginning in January, the liturgical year is divided into liturgical seasons beginning with Advent. Each season hasContinue reading “Seeing Possibility”


A guest post from Claire Bischoff This Sunday is Trinity Sunday, which is celebrated the first Sunday after Pentecost. It is an unusual feast, as it is one of the few feasts of the church year that celebrates a reality or doctrine rather than an important person or event in the history of the Church. Trinity SundayContinue reading “Trinity”

Easter Season

A guest post from Claire Bischoff Recently, a wise woman pointed out to me that while Catholics tend to spend a lot of time and energy thinking about the season of Lent, we often celebrate Easter Sunday and then forget that we are in the midst of the longest special liturgical season of the churchContinue reading “Easter Season”

Peace Be with You

via Peace Be with You. by Claire Bischoff In this Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 24:35-48), Jesus utters a seemingly simple greeting upon appearing to his disciples after his resurrection: “Peace be with you.” It is the same salutation we offer to others sitting around us at mass each week for the kiss of peace. Saying “peace be withContinue reading “Peace Be with You”